Best: $3.59 in Oklahoma City
Worst: $4.19 in Raton, New Mexico
Best: White Oak Station and Market in Rogers, Arkansas
Worst: Pilot Travel Center in Amarillo, TX (the grossest restroom I've EVER been in)
Meals on the Road
Best: homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, Kettle Chips, and Sweet Leaf tea that we packed
Worst: Braum's in Oklahoma City
Best: Laughing with our kids at family jokes
Worst: Trying to coax a very reluctant 6-year-old to use a toilet with automatic flush (she refuses to use one, I think because she's afraid she'll get flushed), and yelling at my 11-year-old for throwing away his sister's untouched milkshake. There's more, but you get the picture...it was challenging.
Names of Convenience Stores
Best: I never found a good one
Worst: Pak a Sak, Kum and Go, and my personal favorite, Toot 'n Totum
Best: horses, cows, antelope, sheep, goats, deer
Worst: opossum, armadillo, and porcupine (all roadkill)
Stretch of Highway
Best: Flippin, AR to Eureka Springs, AR and Raton, NM to southern Colorado--both were breathtakingly beautiful
Worst: west Texas
Best: the kids and I cranked it every time we heard Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
Worst: some song by Reba McEntire about "Fancy" and her one chance. Why do you always hear the songs you don't like over and over and over?
Best: Doritos, Chex mix, Cheez-Its--you know, all those salty snacks that make you retain fluid. Oh, and sugar snap peas because we needed to balance the junk with some veggies. *smile*
Worst: Beef jerky (I hate it, but my kids love it and I buy it for them when we travel).
Arkansas. Hands down, this was the friendliest place. Every gas station attendant said, Hi, when we walked in. Even the car hop at Sonic (Mountain Home, AR) was super friendly. I bet she talked to us for five minutes when she brought our order out.
Ways to Pass Time in the Car
Best: Reading (Sarah), Brady Bunch dvds (Abbey), Nintendo DS (Will), talking, laughing, finding license plates, eating
Worst: Counting churches and roadside flea markets in rural Arkansas. There are so many that you lose count quickly. If I had a dollar for every church we passed, I'd be one wealthy lady.
Best: The huge windmills in Oklahoma, a hot air balloon, Capulin Volcano National Monument in New Mexico, kudzu covering everything in Arkansas, mountains, and all the TREES everywhere.
Worst: It was all interesting to me.
States we traveled through
(we missed Missouri by about 15 miles)
Oddest Names of Towns We Traveled Through
I should mention that all of these are towns in Arkansas:
Grubbs, Hoxie, Beebe, Bald Knob, Possum Grape, Oil Trough, Social Hill, and War Eagle
Anyway, we're very glad to be home again. I'll