Top Ten {Tuesday}: 10 Things You See a Lot of When You Drive 6,178 Miles Through the Western States

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We’re home!  We’rehomewe’rehomewe’rehome!  27 days, 6,178 miles, and 10 states (we spent an extra day in Fort Collins and ended up taking a different route home – cutting out 2 states) later, and WE’RE HOME!  You see a lot of things when you travel that much; here now are the top ten things I could think of.

  1. Road construction signs.  Don’t even get me started.  These were absolutely the bane of my existence on this trip!
  2. Snow fences.  I didn’t even know what these were, though I’m sure I had seen some before.  I had to “Google” them one day because I was so curious.
  3. Various animal crossing signs.  Bear, deer, elk, you name it!  These would make me soooo nervous at night – it was my greatest fear that I was going to hit something out in the middle of nowhere.
  4. High wind advisory signs.  Good golly, we went through some windy areas!  I especially appreciated the signs that had wind socks attached, just so I could get an idea of how strong the wind truly was.
  5. Trains.  I love me some trains!  And we saw tons and tons of them on this trip.  Long ones, short ones, some with one caboose, some with three.  We enjoyed calling them out and trying to count the cars.
  6. Windmills.  Old-fashioned ones, and super cool (and super BIG) modern, alternative-energy turbine ones.  We loved seeing them dot the horizon.
  7. Sinclair gas stations.  I don’t know why, but seeing the little green dinosaur logo made me so happy every time I saw it.
  8. The rear-end of semi trucks.  I have to say, I didn’t have one negative experience with a semi on this trip.  No one hogging the road, cutting me off, nothing.  Grateful for that.
  9. Mountains.  Ah….mountains.  I miss them desperately here in Texas.
  10. Itty bitty, lovely little towns.  Towns with the strangest names, and some with tiny populations (65! what would that be like?!).
  • When I was in Colorado for Savvy Blogging Summit, I had to text my husband as I was on the shuttle from the airport to the resort to say that I saw a moose crossing sign.

  • When I was in Colorado for Savvy Blogging Summit, I had to text my husband as I was on the shuttle from the airport to the resort to say that I saw a moose crossing sign.

  • It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in the western states, but I do remember the snow fences. And at higher elevations, those super-tall poles attached to mile markers, so that the snow plows can find the road!

  • It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in the western states, but I do remember the snow fences. And at higher elevations, those super-tall poles attached to mile markers, so that the snow plows can find the road!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you love the feeling that home is just around the corner when you reach the end of the long trip? Welcome Home!

  • Don’t you love the feeling that home is just around the corner when you reach the end of the long trip? Welcome Home!

  • Wow. Population 65. I think I have more kids in my Sunday School class…

    {welcome home!!}

  • Wow. Population 65. I think I have more kids in my Sunday School class…

    {welcome home!!}

  • This post made me so happy! My family did a similar trip when I was 16. We loved seeing new license plates and new topography/geography (like buttes!!). 😉

  • This post made me so happy! My family did a similar trip when I was 16. We loved seeing new license plates and new topography/geography (like buttes!!). 😉