Itinerary Found!

02 May

I have always found myself jotting down a line, a sentence or even paragraphs in many notebooks, appointment books, journals, legal pads, etc all gathering dust in the house somewhere.  Before the advent of technology, I found it therapeutic to write out the stresses of the day in journals.   Now of course, I blog, just like the rest of the world who had abandoned the use of journals and pen.  But I have not abandoned writing my thoughts or worries or story lines I may have at that moment.  And the joys I get from reading my journals are priceless. 

Over the past weekend, I decided it was time to clean out the room and shred all those old credit card statements, bills, etc.  As I was cleaning out a space in the room [have I not mentioned that neatness and orderliness are not my strong suit], I found some papers where I have written down some notes in the past.  I shouted with glee when I read what was written.  It was our itinerary on our road trip to Grand Canyon a few years ago.  When we go on road trips, I bring along a clipboard with me and I write down everything, from the towns we passed by to a funny sounding street name.  So here’s what I have written:

June 2—left home @3:54 am

4:36 — Altamont Pass

6:30 —Gas @ Kettleman City, Hwy 41

7:22 —Wasco rose fields, smells delicious, nice sight

7:39 —Reached Bakersfield

8:35 —Reached Mojave

9:25 —Reached Barstow

9:35 —Gas at Yermo, 8 miles from Barstow; food at Peggy Sue’s 1950’s diner, gift shop full of nostalgia

10:03 —Hit the road to Vegas, baby

11:45 —Arrive at Vegas, buffet lunch at Palms Market Place.

1:10 —Gas at Flamingo St., about 5 mins from Palms

4:30 —Check in, Williams, Az

6:00 —Drove to Flagstaff

7:15 —Gas at Flagstaff

So there you go, 7 hours drive from the Bay Area to Vegas.  There were long stretches of nothing, but the change in topography and scenery was exciting, something that I totally dig anyway.  Plus, I saw my first tumbleweed, it crossed the road and I was so stoked. 

[Note:  I am quite puzzled why I had “reached mojave” at 8:35 am.  It should not be the desert, but who knows.  For those who drive this route fairly regularly, please illuminate me.]




Posted by on May 2, 2008 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Itinerary Found!

  1. Rach (Heart of Rachel)

    May 2, 2008 at 3:51 am

    I’m sure it was a memorable day. Thanks for sharing it.

    I occasionally read my old journals and I love to reminisce about the good old days.

  2. bw

    May 3, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Since I had my Blackberry device I never kept notes any longer.

    Been to Vegas twice but never had a chance to see the Grand Canyon, darn. I’ve booked a trip this August to see the Canyon 🙂

  3. ewok1993

    May 3, 2008 at 12:41 am


    Reminiscing about the good old days with a glass of something cold 🙂

  4. ewok1993

    May 3, 2008 at 12:42 am


    I am a low tech kind of gal, what can I say :). It would have been easier with tech gear, but oh well, not ready to go all out and embrace the new gadgets 🙂

    This was in 2005, a loooong time ago.


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