48 hours after I returned to Chicago from teaching in Houston (on election night), we moved out, closed on the sale of our loft, and were on the road driving west. It was cold, dark and raining, but it was such a wonderful feeling to finally close the chapter on a long period of ambiguity, not knowing if or when the short sale would finally be completed. After a long hectic day packing the last boxes and meeting with the lawyer after the closing, we drove to Davenport, Iowa before calling it a night.
I woke up feeling like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was a new day.
The last several years have been hard and I felt renewed and ready to begin the next chapter of my life. A road trip across country was a great way to begin the journey and symbolic to putting the past behind me and starting fresh.
I wanted to permanently implant the color palettes I saw in my brain. I wish I could have really captured the colors with my photos (quickly snapped from my phone), they barely do justice to the sage greens, dusty corals, earthy rusts, golden yellows, dusky purples and grays.
Yay!!! almost there.
So close and yet so far, lol. We had to stop and buy chains to go over the Donner Pass because of a snow storm that made conditions very slippery.
15 miles with chains and then shortly after we were down the mountain below the snow level.
We drove into the Sacramento area just as the sun was setting, 2058 miles and 3 days after the journey began, to a home cooked meal with celebratory toasts at my parents house.
What a trip and now the next chapter begins…