I have to give all the credit of this post to John McWilliams and his brilliant idea of bringing a journal with us to document our encounters on our road trip to California. He also corrected me at least twenty times that this is a Journal, NOT a Diary!
Here are a few entries from his Journal:
First, score predictions for the National Championship game~
Kirk 24-13- Bama
Me 24-21- Bama
John 24-18- Bama
Final Score: 37-21- Bama!
Monday, January 4, 2010
From Mississippi: 2:27 pm ~It's snowing! 63 miles from Jackson
From Texas: 11:06 pm- Kirk was pulled over by state trooper for license plate light being out. Received only a warning. Nice guy. Had no idea that Texas was playing in the Championship game.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
5:07 am- We entered Mountain Time. There are windmills with lights in a distance. Kirk declares them, a "ridiculous amount". Two bobcat sightings. According to John, the mountains resemble mashed potatoes and gravy...
6:48 am- Driving beside the Mexican border in Juarez,Mexico. Thousands of lights. Mesmerizing.
1:30 pm- Stopped at ASU and ate at Student Union. Walked to the bookstore after John fed the birds. Proceeded to Sun Devil Stadium, which is impossible to find. Found ASU's Library, which was underground.
Arrived in Huntington Beach, CA 8:24 pm!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Visited UCLA's campus. Apparently it was the first week of school, because they had booths and organizations to sign up for. A stereotypical "surfer guy" kept yelling "Blood Drive!" to everyone that walked past him. We received around 15 handouts for things we'd never attend. Went to a Lakers VS. Clippers game that night. Best text message on the score board: "Tide's ready to saw off some horns!"
Thursday, January 7, 2010
GAME DAY. We spent the entire day at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Picked up our tickets at 10 am. Row 15! They were great seats! We were on the left side of the field goal in Alabama's end zone. Kirk and I had quite an experience getting concessions. There was a huge crowd waiting to get into the tunnel and find their seats. I had a tray full of ketchupped fries when the crowd turned into a stampede! I remember Kirk yelling, "Box 'em out!" from somewhere behind me. No fries or ketchup were spilled during the stampede.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Headed home. We left LA at 12:30 pm. We ate at our last In N Out Burger. It was the best burger I've ever tasted! I saw two simultaneous shooting stars that night.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
8:34 am- John made the side of the Texas highway his restroom.
11: 14 am- stopped for lunch in Oklahoma. Kirk saw two guys with red sweatshirts on and yelled "Roll Tide!" at them. Too bad the sweatshirts were Arizona and Oklahoma.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
12:45 am- Home!