Jersey…Hmm…NO Thank you!

Ok! I may have been born and raised in the South, and a little partial to home….but do people EVER smile in the northeast? I soon realized that with each smile I gave that I would equally receive a raised eyebrow! The people there were quick to poke fun at my accent (which I never knew it had) or complain, but never really ready to smile, and chat! I’ve met some really cool people in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and most definitely the beautiful embracing state of Wyoming! It was a bit disappointing to leave these lovey states to come to a place that was dreary, an angry! The one thing I’ve realized while being out here a month is that…We live in Paradise!!!! Our country of America is spectacular! Words cannot properly describe her beauty, nor can it explain all the changes, and climates, but one thing is for sure….The South has the most kind, polite, helpful, endearing individuals that you will ever come across! Nine times outta ten, if you smile at someone at home, there gonna smile back! Unfortunately, I can’t say that for certain parts of the country! North Georgia is a pretty little paradise that I took for granted for a long time, but no more! I’m proud, and thankful to be a good ole sweet southern belle, from the great peach state!! Now, with that said…I will continue to dream about my summer homes in Utah, and Wyoming…Haha…because one day, I’m gonna win the lottery…Ive just gotta start playin! 😀
Xoxo
Hugs and Blessings!
-Ash-

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The SHUTDOWN…

I was aroused from my sleep to Justin’s dad stopping the truck. After a few minutes, his dad disappeared! So naturally, I went back to sleep 🙂 a little while later, I hear an unfamiliar voice coming from the outside of our truck…and it was the DOT man! We came through the scales, and the brakes popped as we crossed the scales, and we got selected for an inspection! As I laid there, I assumed we’d start rolling in a little while, but we didn’t!! The trailer ABS light wouldn’t go off…therefore creating a “safety hazard” and stalling us at a New Mexico scale house for roughly 10 hours! After a while, I decided to play the “woman” card…I thought I’ll get out of the truck and walk up there, use the bathroom, make some friendly conversation…and they’ll send us on our way! WRONG…The younger man working the scale was an arse!! So I thought a minute, and said ok ok…Plan B! I’m hungry…I’ll go back up there, and ask if they have a snack machine! So I did, and he looks at me with a completely unsympathetic face, and says NO! Well anybody that knows me…knows I don’t like being told no…So I said Ok, and thanks and walked back to the truck! The more I sat there the hungrier I became, and I started getting ill…So I walked back up to the scale house, and said…Ok, you don’t have a snack machine, is there somewhere I can et something to eat, I’m starved!! He looks at me again….and says, “Ugh…maybe across the street…I don’t know I’m not a deli..” And that pissed me off! So I squinted my eyes and was like…ok, fine! Across the “street” I’ll go!! Well that “street” was an interstate! So JD was gonna walk me over, and instead of crossing the interstate we took the long way and went over the bridge. As we started by the scale house…I’m ranting, and raving! Ohhh, I’m mad! JD was peacefully calm, and reminded me that my inessential complaints wasn’t gonna freshen our situation! But that didn’t stop me! LOL! When I look up, the two scale masters were standing just ahead of us, and I’m assured they heard more than they need too, my complaints were basically about the lack thereof of human rights, and how incoherent, and pathetic they were! They older gentlemen spoke with JD and told him that he didn’t have any idea that he had a lady with him, and we could stay down the road at the Hilton Garden, because they had restaraunts, and things near by…the stipulation was they we had to check in and stay til our time was complete, an once we checked in the desk clerk would call the front desk, an confirm our stay. JD politely told the man that we didn’t have the money for that at the moment, and we apologized…and we left walking! We walked quite a ways to get to the door of the little campground that was “closed til spring”….And I got ugly! On our way back, JD made light or the situation, and I was still raving up a storm! The man came back out when we got to the scale house, and told me that when he noticed us coming back empty handed he wanted is to have the other half of his subway sandwich! I hugged him because that was super self-less! He didn’t have to feel sympathy to me, but he did! The younger man just kinda rolled his eyes, and I wanted to shoot him a “California howdy” ….but I took JDs advice, and let it ride! Long story, short…We had to follow the rules—ewww…an we waited til 6:40 before we left. We actually left at 6:26, but it wasn’t anyone’s business 🙂 it made for a long, and boring day…But we filled it with lots of family time, talking, some games, and a movie or two! So in the end…it turned out to be fine! Needless to say…When we found an Arby’s, we eat like an Olympic Champions! We got into the border of Texas and Louisiana about 5 am that morning before JD stopped and we slept, but our night was filled with lots of love, and laughter…and for that, we are grateful, an thankful!!
Xoxo
Hugs and Blessings!
-Ash-

Battling wind and snow here in Wyoming!

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Well I have to say…I LOVE Wyoming! The people are really nice, the landscapes are beautiful, and food has been good! Earlier the Weather Channel app on my phone kept going off “High Wind Warning”…I shrugged it off as, ok? Wind! So what! ……Ha! Wind equals a killer whiteout especially when there is three foot of snow on the ground! Oh, and did I mention that the temperature is 6! The windchill makes it -4! JD laughed that I brought a parka while we were in California, but I’m laughing now 🙂 because I’m not cold!! We’ve spent the last 6 hours battling whiteout conditions, with speeds up to 9 mph! I’ve never seen wind blow as hard as this did! The wind meter was registering at a healthy 61 mph while we were stopped fueling the truck! Justin and I have spent most of our time with our heads out the windows wiping off our mirrors. Ironically, every time I’ve checked the weather..they aren’t calling for snow! LOL! They have now shut the interstate down on both sides, do we’re thankful to have all that behind us! Only showers at the moment, and visibility is much better! My father in law said that in 35 years of trucking he had never seen it this bad! Another gentlemen via CB said that he had drove all over for almost 40 years and he had never seen such a mess! The pictures I got are incredible! But seeing all this first hand makes it one of my most indescribable experiences!
Xoxo
Hugs and Blessings
-Ash-

High winds…Hello!!

Interesting day I’ve had today! Hahah! I woke up this morning in Utah! To snow-capped mountains, and a beauuutiful Salt Lake! I decided that I wanted to go to the Lake and collect some water and JD didn’t think it was very good idea, and neither did his dad! But that didn’t stop from going! I just went by myself! I hiked about a mile and a half each way crossing 2 interstates, 4 barb-wire fences, a bridge, a dirt road, the corner of a marsh, and a wooden fence with a posted “no trespassing”…but that didn’t stop me from climbing that fence ( where these bulls were) walking into a little gulley, and getting me some water from that salt lake! On the way back, I collected two sweet rocks, and a snail shell! I saw two moderately sized snakes crawl back into the marsh, but I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture! Later on…after I bugged JD for an hour…he finally stopped and let me experience the Bonneville Salt Flats! 7 miles worth of fog, mountain, and beautiful turquoise water cover these magnificent salt flats! Naturally, I wanted to taste the salt…So I did! I looks like snow, so I waded out a little ways and dug me out rock of salt and had a few licks! Did I keep the rock, you ask? Of course!! I love salt, and it’s free 😀 JD wasn’t as keen as I was about tasting the lake, but he came around! I froze, but waded long enough for a picture, some salt, a couple rocks, and some more water! I’ve reallllllly enjoyed Utah! Tonight we are headed back to Nev-odd-duh (in my normal southern voice) to deliver our load to Cost-co tomorrow, we are battling WINDS! Very high winds! The overhead signs were warning us of 60+ mph winds and to open the doors of the truck for anything proves to be a little challenging! JD is doing his best to keep us in the road lol! But please ALWAYS keep us in your prayers for traveling mercies! I love it out here, and the experiences are incredible, but I must say I miss home a bit! Haha…We look forward to seeing everybody next weekend either the 2nd or the 3rd!
Xoxo
Hugs and Blessings
-Ash-

New Countryside–New Days!

Oh! It’s been a bit since my last post! Sorry, I’ve been a little lazy since we were laid over in Sacramento a few days! I can’t really explain how great my time there was. I got to see, Kyle, my cousin who is stationed at Travis AFB in Fairfield! He drove an hour to Sacramento to see me! When we walked out to the parking lot to meet him I was overwhelmed! Sooo much joy, and happiness and a little sadness too because our family, his parents and grandparents, cousins, everybody…we all miss him so much! It was unexplainable how exhilarating it was to see his face! We spent the afternoon with him and he took us to a GREAT diner right out from our truck stop! We mingled, laughed, ate lunch, and then headed back to where he parked. Before he left he took us all for a FUN ride in his little pocket rocket (AKA- his 350z) and we hugged for a lonnnng while and then he headed out. We dropped a package off the next day at R&L’s warehouse that was due for Brooklyn, New York and we picked up our next load for Salt Lake City, Utah! I enjoyed coming through northern California, i.e. Napa Valley! The smells from the grapes, and the other fruit trees in the area are incredible! There was a plentiful amount of snow in Northern Cal and on into Nevada! We just met a lady in Wal-Mart that asked me where I was from because I called the “cart” a “buggy” and “Nev-add-dah” …”Nev-odd-duh” hahaha!! Turns out she was from Cartersville, Georgia and had moved out here two years ago! It was funny because she talked to us about the good ole Georgia mountain fair and her love for Hiawassee, and the state of Georgia as a whole! It really made is smile now! Right now, I’m in Crest Valley, Nevada enjoying snow capped mountains, and beautiful wild horses! I’ve encountered a few “hot springs” an some salt flats! But I think one of the neatest things about Nev-odd-duh…haha is the random bodies of water that lie in the valleys below the snow capped buttes! It’s so amazing! I promise to get pictures up really soon! Love you guys!
Xoxo
Hugs and Blessings!
-Ash-