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Cross Country Trip: Part 1

Posted By Beth Terry On July 17, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In travel and transportation | 23 Comments

Beth Terry Cross Country trip

Dad and I set out on Thursday from Oakland, CA and headed east.  I’m trying my best to avoid plastic while traveling, but some things seem unavoidable and others are just accidental.

First of all, we need to carry a cooler for snacks and drinks.  Dad likes to have lots of soda.  And we are bringing our own snacks (bananas, nuts, bread, etc.) to avoid buying a lot of junk food on the road, although we are not completely avoiding it. In fact, ice cream makes frequent appearances in our itinerary.  So anyway, we’re using a plastic foam cooler that I already had, and we bought a bag of ice in a plastic bag to fill it.  In the future, we’ll refill the ice from motel ice machines to avoid additional plastic bags.

We also bought.. wait… wait… oh my god…


Okay, now let me clarify. We bought two 2-1/2 gallon jugs of water to keep in the car in case we break down in the desert. We don’t plan to open it except in an emergency. I think if we had really planned ahead we could have found a big container to fill up ourselves. But we didn’t have time to hunt for something like that. So there’s bottled water on the floor of the car.

What else? I brought my own loose tea and metal tea ball, and I heat up water from the motel coffee maker to make my tea. We have not taken the mini shampoos, etc.

The only plastic I’ve collected so far that falls under the category of unnecessary but fun was a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos my dad bought for me at the gas station. I hadn’t had those in years and wolfed down the whole bag in record time.

Now, we’re in Cedar Hills, Utah with my brother and his family, and my dad is breathing down my neck to finish writing this post so we can figure out the next leg of our journey. So, here are a few photos from the road. Will post another update when I get a chance.

First night in Elko, NV:

Beth Terry Cross Country trip

Beth Terry Cross Country trip
Beth Terry Cross Country trip
Beth Terry Cross Country trip

Cedar Hills, UT:

Beth Terry Cross Country trip
Beth Terry Cross Country trip

Poochie Terry says hi.

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