Strange Magic

Oh man, what a journey it was! My dad and I booked it to Vermont and arrived in South Royalton on Sunday afternoon. I've spent the past three days entrenched in orientation. Some family friends from Boston came up and offered all manner of assistance to me while I'm out here, (for which I'm grateful) and kept my dad company while I was in orientation.

South Royalton was a bit of a culture shock because it is so green, and the roads are small and curvy, and I'm going to die either from ice or bears, and the town is TINY!!!
It is quaint and cute, and although the smallness was the least of my worries, I guess it was the only one I could really articulate cause my dad kept asking me how I was feeling about it, and really after the first few hours of "holy Friday nobody lives here" I kind of got over that. It is more unnerving to be so far away from everyone I know but I think its going to be good here. Until a bear eats me, that is going to be lame.

road trip rundown:
  • drove through Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and into Vermont in three and a half days.
  • Stella behaved wonderfully and never broke down, she had a hard time with the mountains, but she made it.
  • Henry kept us supplied with tunes.
  • We ate at Burger King twice.
  • bands Henry supplied us with: Anberlin, ELO, Beatles, Beach Boys, mae, All Time Low, The Doobie Brothers, The Who, The Guess Who, Cartel, There for Tomorrow, Jimmy Eat World, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Conditions, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Boston, The Hush Sound, The Format (my dad didn't like them...), Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Acceptance and perhaps more... I can't remember right now.
  • number of times I thought that speed limits below 75 were stupid: 11 million
  • number of times I wished that everlasting asphalt (road repairs are a thing of the past!)existed: 2,000
  • number of corn fields I saw: infinite
  • number of bugs that live in Nebraska: infinite
  • number of states I could really see myself returning to after just a brief stint there:3 (Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts).
So listen, I was going to post a bunch of pictures but the internet is being lame and I'm getting so sleepy and it isn't set up at my apartment yet and I just want to go home. So, if you want to see more pictures, check em out on Facebook. You'll see my apt, the school, and Montpelier, the state capitol:

Wyoming fields with mountains in the distance. I thought it was pretty so I told my dad to take a picture.
We saw a lot of these...

This is the Mississippi river, we were crossing into Illinois at this point.


Brian & Kyla said…
Glad to know you got there ok!
trb48 said…
I miss the green...I want to be green...
alirara said…
Todd it ain't easy being green.
Ruth said…
Reminds me....I drove to Arizona with my dad from Illinois. My mom flew down to drive back home with him. I did not know a soul! I was at the University of Az in Tucson. There were so many people and so many choices and it was all so overwhelming and I wanted to change my mind but I had to wait first for my parents to get home so that they could come back and get me (we didn't have cell phones then!). Once three days had passed I was just getting to know my roommate and went to a BBQ with a Christian group...and well...I changed my mind!
Renny said…
change is always scary, but when you're doing good things its nice to know that the Lord will take care of you and place people in your life to help you settle into comfort and feel a little more at home.
Anonymous said…
Dad's flight home was a whole new adventure for him. He got home after midnight. I saw your pics on facebook and they look great! I know that everything is going to fall into place for you and you will have a wonderful year.
dances alone said…
oh my what an adventure! I'm so happy its small and green and can't wait to come visit. Montpelier!!!!! Infinite exclamation points! oh and the Mississippi river! I so want to see that. I had to spell it out loud to get it right. umm, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has problems with media on here. Hey, glad you made it and I'm excited for all of the good that is coming!
OHmommy said…
You drove through OH? Isn't it lovely? Heh.
Renny said…
I DID like OH, it was lovely. :)

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