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a very stressful drive up a mountain

You ever had one of those stressful situations, where you are beyond stressed as you are in a situation you have never been in before, and someone is yelling at you during the situation? You begin to lose focus, and then the situation gets worse, and the person keeps yelling at you because they are so beyond pissed that they don’t even realize they are making an already bad situation worse?

Yeah that happened to me in Phoenix, while driving up South Mountain to catch the sunset, I was nervous as all hell because A, this is my first time driving up the side of a mountain and B,there is not a barrier on this mountain, all you see are cliffs, and a long deadly drop. I knew I could take curves safely at 15 mph and personally I don’t want to die a fiery death from driving off a cliff, so as a result my heart rate was up at an all time high, and then to top it all off I had to deal with a back seat driver.

Yes that happened on my last trip. I was driving, praying, stressed about the lack of barrier and all I could focus on was my mother.

SLOW DOWN! DAMN IT JEN SLOW DOWN! over and over and over.

So after about 10 minutes of this nonsense…

I started giggling

(A fact about me, when I get stressed and someone starts yelling at me I giggle. I giggle for multiple reasons, in this particular situation my brain was trying to relieve the stress on my brain, so my response was to giggle.)

Yeah, that went over well. Not only was my mother all over me, now my father & my brother were mad too.

Now as I am typing this, I know my mother is going to defend herself, and say I was going too fast. I wasn’t, she was hanging out the back taking pictures, so therefore 15 mph probably felt like 30. That is my defense, and I am sticking to it.

Furthermore, I must say, that while I am giving my mother a hard time on this post, I love my mother with all my heart, she has an amazing heart, does a lot of good for many people, makes me red velvet cupcakes when I visit, but at that particular moment, I was about ready to drive off the cliff and end it all.

So after about 25 minutes of driving up the mountain a few choice words at each other, we made it to the top and you know what…

The view was worth getting yelled at.

Stayed tuned for tomorrow see all the pictures from South Mountain!

Arizona Welcome Center

It is no secret that I love stopping at Welcome Centers, every time I enter a state I MUST stop at the center and see what the state is all about.

Arizona was no different.

we made the quick detour to snag some shots and see what adventures we can expect in Arizona.

First thing you see when you get out of your car?

Not exactly promising is it?

Although I will say outside the center was very pretty.

I walked around a little to get information on a few of the things I knew we were going to do, snag a few pictures of inside the center. (I really wonder what the welcome center think of tourists, taking so many pictures inside a welcome center)

After visiting inside I walked across to get some cheesy shots of the me and the sign, sadly the pictures of me did not turn out. 🙁

Do you have to stop at every welcome center?

To see all the pictures from the welcome center check out my Facebook Page

Bucket List Accomplishment

I am really excited to cross another thing of my life list.

(Although I must admit every time I cross something off, another 5 things find themselves on my list)

Anyway, I finally made it to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or number 138 on my list.

After a very long day of driving, (I started driving at 8 am) we finally stopped at midnight on Friday with the plans on attending the fiesta the next morning. The hotel clerk was very nice to offer advice.

Be there at 5:30am.

I looked at my dad and said yeah right, we went to our room and went to bed.

We woke up at 6:30 am, ate breakfast, and drove about 15 minutes and saw sites like this…

We followed the traffic pattern, and got into line to get into the actual fiesta. I asked a cop where we can park, his response, I am sorry the parking lot is full, and we are not allowing any more in. It was 8am.

Maybe I should have listened to the nice hotel clerk.

So we drove around some more, and realized that people were just pulling off the side of the road and watching the balloons from their car. So we decided to do the same thing and we were still able to get some fun photos.

I would have loved to get into the actual festival and take pictures up close, but where we parked was just as great. We saw a lot of beautiful balloons, were able to get a ton of pictures and overall, it was still something I wanted to see and do.

My one piece of advice if you want to go, BE THERE AT 5:30 AM!

To see all my pictures from the fiesta visit my Facebook Page

until next time,


Disappointing Drive Through Kansas

On the way back from Missouri we drove through Kansas, having never been to Kansas I was excited to experience a new state. Being a huge Superman fan, I knew I was going to LOVE Kansas, I mean Clark Kent was raised here it has to be pretty nifty right?

Ironically this was the welcome center when you enter on the Oklahoma Border. We missed the center on the Missouri border. boo!

I was disappointed.

I was only in the state for 2 hours or so, and all I really saw were fields, fields and well more fields. I was hoping for something Oz like. Oh well, next time.

Either way, the landscape was pretty, and I know I will be back in the future, it was not so disappointing that I will not give Kansas a second chance.

Here are the few pictures I snagged.

this sign made me giggle. Cattle pens? Is that the name of a city?
Found water in Kansas!

Where should I visit in Kansas?