Short-y Reprieve from the Desert
^Tex, Oreo & Shorty xoxoxo
I flew from Boise - Las Vegas - Tampa and back, both times delayed in Las Vegas by Southwest Airline. I left July 22 and returned August 12. When I got into Tampa (at 2:30am due to delays) Shorty was there waiting for me. We got breakfast at IHOP and I crashed in his camper van from about 5am - 3pm.
I staggered bleary-eyed into the heat and humidity to check in at the Fairfield Inn, just a few blocks from Shorty’s house. I showered and got organized, then crossed my fingers and went to the License Branch to get a new driver’s license - no problem! It cost $70 and expires in ten years, if I outlive it. We met up and had dinner at the Americana 50’s Diner nearby.
Next day after errands, Shorty took me to IHOP after work, and we made plans for our trip north. We got started about 5:30pm Saturday, July 26, after hitching the Yaris to the Roadtrek. We hit a little rain in Kentucky and Ohio; that and to fuel up/eat were the only times we let the Roadtrek rest.
We got to our Fort Wayne hotel around 4pm Sunday and were having dinner at Gramma’s by 6pm. Next day we slept in and met everybody at Panda Express at 1pm. We packed up, left the van at Gramma’s, and drove to Sandusky, OH to go to Cedar Point the next day. Parking is crazy - $15 bucks just to get into the lot. Luckily we had gotten a great deal on tickets - half price ($30).
J & M had gotten an expensive “Fast Pass” of some sort - we kinda followed them around from coaster to coaster. Shorty and I got cool Olde-Tymie photos of us posing as soldiers. We drove the bumper cars a couple times - I haven’t seen Shorty laugh so much for a long time!
^Elephant Ear buyer’s remorse
A million steps later, we were back in Fort Wayne at a super convenient hotel at Lima Road and Coliseum. We took a “day off” to recover from the drive and the theme park. By evening we were a little bored so we brought a couple pizzas to Gramma’s house and brought the van back to the hotel with us.
Next day we all met at Texas Roadhouse, just down the street from our hotel. Afterwards we went to see a movie - Lucy, with my brother. I’ve always loved Scarlett Johanssen and was surprised to see that she hasn’t aged a bit. She’s still playing 20-year-olds. Anyways, it was a pretty cool movie until the very end when things got a bit wacky. Morgan Freeman played a totally implausible scientist. Really, casting??? He can’t even pronounce “scientist” correctly…sigh. Maybe we’re all just sick of seeing him in every other movie…
Anyways, Friday August 1st I invited ourselves over to my sister’s house. I exchanged a few things in storage (her barn) and from there went to Paulding, OH to copy some obituaries at the library. I found a bunch of them and learned lots of new things about my ancestors.
Saturday I made a big crock of mac n’cheese at Gramma’s. Sunday I made a big crock of Awesome Frickin’ Chicken and we played Rummy 500. Monday we all met at the Culver’s burger/frozen yogurt place right next to our hotel for lunch. From there Shorty and I headed south again.
We alternated drivers every few hours overnight and got back to Florida around 9am Tuesday. I showered and zonked out in the van until 4pm. Next day I checked into the Quality Inn for six nights and we had dinner at Cody’s (twofer fajitas). Next day I didn’t hear from Shorty - at some point he slept for 14 hours straight!
Saturday August 9th I ventured to the Oldsmar 20 AMC to see six movies: Dawn of Planet of the Apes, Into the Storm, 100 Foot Journey, Sex Tape, Begin Again, and TMNT. They were good in that order.
My last day in Florida, Shorty and I went to Sonny’s BBQ. He liked it so much, I got him a couple sandwiches to go. I miss him terribly! The last day there I was so sad, Shorty had been so nice to me I didn’t want to leave! He had treated me like a queen since the moment I arrived with a spotless van to crash in, complete with air fresheners. I was trying to think of ways to avoid leaving - even (gasp!) considering settling down again in a little house near his!
I mentioned my anxious thoughts to Corny and he was a bit concerned! I have always been the one saying “Once I hit the road, I’m not stopping!” I was only back in Boise for one full day when we left for Oregon. The first rest area we stopped at for the night was surrounded by cedars and smelled of pine. There were cherry trees and blackberry bushes and a geocache - and I was so glad to be on the road! As we travelled toward the west coast, we got into much cooler temps (70s) and fresh coastal moisture. I think I found my summer state…now to get Shorty to come to Oregon…
Life is Godd!