Missouri to Washington: Cross Country Road Trip Adventure Recap
We’re still settling in here in Washington state following our cross country move from Missouri.
Over the course of six days, my family and I drove 2,187.7 miles across six states.
What an amazing road trip adventure we had! Here’s a look back at our journey from beginning to end…
Back in small town Missouri, the movers carefully packed our lives into boxes as we made our tearful goodbyes.
As they drove off with our belongings, I stood in our empty home reflecting back on the memories we had made – the people we met, the good times and bad, my horrible breast cancer scare,
and the beauty of having lived in a rural community set deep within the heart of a national forest for the last few years.
By the time we hit the road, we were excited to see the rest of our country and were ready for the adventure ahead.
In Iowa we spotted farms, abandoned churches and schoolhouses, grain bins, silos,
and an out of business motel.
There was something so beautiful about it that I just had to snap a photo. Inspiration is like that sometimes – difficult to put a finger on, undefined.
In South Dakota we were greeted by the great open road, nothing by wild untamed beauty for miles.
But in the ghost town of Okaton we were rewarded with a gorgeous view of the plains.
And in the Black Hills, we met four former U.S. Presidents.
Our drive through Wyoming proved to be quite short, but we found so much beauty regardless – barbed wire fences set against golden fields of grass,
and the most dramatic skies my eyes ever did see.
Montana was filled with so much beauty – rivers, streams, snow capped mountains and roads snaking through mountainous terrain.
The drive was quite scary at times, but the beautiful sun setting behind the mountains made it worth the scary ordeal.
Our time in Idaho was very brief and there was but one opportunity to stop for photos.
By the time we spotted the Welcome to Washington sign, we were ready to see our new hometown.
Chelan is just such a beautiful town. The mountains are gorgeous. The sky is dramatic.
The lake is incredibly serene.
Oh yes, Chelan is beautiful. There’s no doubt about it.
I could totally see myself living here forever.
Our cross country road trip has come to an end, but we’ve got a whole new adventure ahead of us.
We’re still in the process of looking for a home and we’re discovering local gems along the way – farms, wineries and local eateries. I can’t wait to share more with you soon!