This is my first road trip with Art. So far we're laughing more than we do at home, being silly. Like pointing out "see-through bridges" (when you're approaching an underpass you can see through it to the other side). I do most of the driving. Today's scenery was big valleys and huge hills - like God's laundry, I thought - mostly greening out. Lots of vineyards and farms and highway fences keeping things like tumbleweeds from blowing onto the freeway. A good first day on the road.
Our first destination is Omaha, where we'll attend the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting and I'll get to hear Warren Buffett speak (he's on my bucket list). Then about six days of family research in Iowa and Nebraska. Then six days in the Badlands/Black Hills area of South Dakota before we head for home.
As we unlocked the door to our motel room tonight, I could hear a small dog barking inside the door next door. I went to the lobby and asked for another room because I knew the noise would be a distraction. The lobby lady said this is a pet-friendly hotel, which I hadn't known. We probably would have stayed elsewhere if we had since Art is allergic to dogs and, even if they clean extra after pets stay, he's likely to react to dander left behind anyway.
She said the most interesting pet she encountered was last winter, when a guy turned up after dark, exhausted, with 20 guinea pigs. Apparently he traveled around showing them. The lobby lady said ordinarily the motel charges $5 extra per animal, but that night she and the guy stacked all the guinea pig cages on a cart and he was only charged for one animal. I'm sure our cat Larisa would hate to travel with us. She's happy to be at home with her paid companion.
We're in the Mountain Time Zone already.