Mr. D could not wait any longer to have me with him.
So, I quit my job, he engaged a moving company to pack up our entire apartment, and I drove from Tacoma to Murrieta, CA, where I dropped my birds and car off with my parents.
This was the first time that I had to make a long drive over four hours. There were some scary moments when the freeway narrowed to two-lanes and I had to pass big rig trucks that were towing three loads behind them and everything was curving up or downhill with no offramps or shoulders on the road. I made it through with no incidents and the budgies were all fine with the road trip, with their cage strapped in place in the passenger seat.
I met up with Mom and Brother at Redding, CA and stayed there overnight before we caravanned onward. We switched out drivers so that nobody got too sleepy.
I got to reconnect with my family before Mom, Aunt Jennifer, Grandma and I went on to Las Vegas. Mom attended a convention and I got to sightsee with Aunt Jennifer and Grandma. After Mom was done with the convention, we checked out the new block-wide development on the Strip, Aria. It was a lot of fun seeing the new sleek, chic, and modern interior decor, shopping areas, and architecture.
I flew out from Las Vegas to St. Louis.
While at Fort Leonard Wood, Mr. D managed to form a group of friends that gave me a very warm welcome. We hang out, have dinners out, and I have more of a social life in Missouri vs. in Tacoma.