May 29, 2010

Travels: Twin Falls, ID to Manila, UT – 383 miles (2843 total miles)
Accommodations: Franz and Brunhilde Nassutt, Courtney’s Oma and Opa

We pulled out of the WINDY Twin Falls parking lot at 9:30 in the morning after a disruptive nights sleep. (Note: Don’t move to a place with crazy wind). We crossed the Snake River and were back on the road. We crossed the Utah border at 12:25pm where it started raining huge raindrops (Utah has the biggest rain drops!) Only about 2 hours to go. We moved through Utah, the rock color changing to red and into Wyoming.

We arrived at my Oma and Opa’s house around 5:30pm. Greeted by excited grandparents and, upon opening the door of the trailer, the biggest mess you can imagine. The fridge door must not have been closed all the way (by me). A bottle of Elderberry juice broke and spilled, mixing with a broken bottle of apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, some sourdough bread starter, and over a 1/2 gallon of raw milk (I think I shed a tear). And over the course of our drive it all mixed into a bright purple yogurt like substance that wreaked of sour milk and vinegar. It took me over an hour, a dozen towels, and quite a few washings to remove the sludge from almost every corner of our trailer floor.

So, once that was cleaned up, I was able to join my mom (who had arrived during the mess), my grandparents, and the kids. We had a yummy dinner and found some time to relax with a cup of tea and some family conversation.

Kids: Mackenzie, “About 2 hours sucks.”

They were very excited to see their Omie and get spoiled by grandma and grandparents!

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