The route I drove on this trip - about 5000 miles!
When I moved from Texas to Seattle in the summer of 1988, I packed all my meager belongings into my little Mazda truck and drove here (with my brother Mark, who flew back to Texas). Over the years, I had taken the train and flown back many times, but I had never driven back to Texas.
Twenty-eight years later, in 2016, the stars finally aligned for a return road trip when I got my new Ford Escape, and also agreed to become the caretaker of our family photos as we were clearing out my Dad's house. Between the photo albums, loose snapshots, framed pictures, home movies, videotapes, and boxes upon boxes of slide carousels there were just waaaaay too many memories to trust to a shipping company (about 8 large storage boxes worth!). So I drove down and brought them back, and visited several National Parks along the way.