Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Well the day arrived when the big truck drove into my neighborhood and they took it away. Yes, I am back to driving my mini-van. No more navigation and MyFordTouch. No more Handsfree phone conversations. It was really an adventure. The final donations/pledges as of today came to $5020.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
We left began our trip home at about 1 p.m. on Saturday and drove and drove and drove. We arrived in Eugene Oregon, probably around midnight and stopped for the night. Above is a photo I took in northern California.
Here is another photo of Northern California. I wasn't able to take a photo of the odometer when it reached 11152, which was 10,000 miles. So, I got a photo of it this morning. I got the 10,000 miles finished not too many miles from home yesterday. I have also raised $4262. I still have the car until Friday and my goal 6 weeks ends Wednesday evening. I am still hoping that I might bring in some more donations since this is going 100% to the Preemie and Special Formula Fund for Love Without Boundaries.
Below is my final Capitol Picture, in Salem Oregon. I visited 6 capitols in the last 6 weeks: Salt Lake City, UT. Salem, Oregon. Olympia, Washington. Helena, Montana. Sacramento, California and Boise, Idaho.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
"Hey, honey, have you EVER seen such a nice car as this 2012 FORD FOCUS in Moneterey Bay??????"
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Yesterday afternoon, I visited Future Ford in Clovis, California. I didn't have my regular camera, so we got a video instead.
This afternoon, I visited Lithia Ford in Fresno. There was quite a bit of interest in the car and I'm hoping they will post it to their Facebook page and link to this blog! Thanks Folks!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The end of the trip was a bit of a challenge because I was sick on Sunday, which was the day we had a long day of driving ahead. Before leaving Salt Lake City, we went and got the capitol building. Hey, that is where I went to my JUNIOR PROM many years ago!
So, we made it home, but then I have been sick for 3 more days. Not many miles driven. Hopefully I will be rested up for the big trip coming up. (I've had respiratory cold stuff, intestinal stuff and Allergic reaction stuff...NOT FUN!)
However, we have increased our miles to 7235 now and our donations to $2385. Thanks Margo, Cherrie and Ken!!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Yesterday morning, around 5:30 a.m. we left for Utah. We had quite a few stops, so short and some longer.
I took a picture just before going into Utah from Idaho with the brewing storm ahead. We got a bit of hail and snow. The most exciting part was the fog, and I had to slow down. But, then I realized that most of the fog was on my side of the windshield and things were quite a bit better after we put on the defrost. See how good I am at these kinds of things?
I had to document the need for a carwash (above). Later, we did get a car wash, just before meeting up with Heather, who is another LWB volunteer who lives in the Salt Lake Valley. She has been helping me with donor communications in Nutrition and Orphanage Assistance. We met, and got a few photos. THANKS Heather!!
Below also is a photo of me at Larry H. Miller Ford in Provo Utah. It is the only Ford dealership I will stop at on this trip, though I have passed by several others, but just was too pressed for time to stop.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I ate lunch at a Chinese buffet today in Shelton and just wanted to report what my fortune cookie fortune said: "You will receive unexpected support over the next week. Accept it graciously." WOW, I sure hope this one comes true! So, if you are that unexpected support for me in this project, I'll thank you in advance!! (My dollars are not increasing very fast. Again, I am still at $2235!) I still have a long way to go to get to $10,000 and I sure am spending a lot of time on this project! But, I am grateful that I have brought in another $2235 dollars for the formula, and either way, I plan to succeed at the 10,000 miles part of the goal!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I am officially halfway through with my goal of 10,000 miles. This odomoeter photo shows 5 miles past 5,000 miles. Today was the 3 week mark since I got the Focus. Three weeks to go, 4,995 miles to go!
I am hoping that donations will pick up to help me get closer to my goal of $10,000. We are still at $2235. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!
I have also posted a photo I took this evening while I was out. It is near a part of the Columbia River in Richland.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I've been back from my latest trip for 3 days, but still managed to get in a little driving. I am now at 4,867 miles. We are definitely getting there. I did get a nice picture this evening just before getting to Richland on my way back from Kennewick. It was taken before sunset. Another thing I've done a lot more of lately is get car washes, since I'm supposed to be keeping it nice and clean and shiny! So, I documented that for you all here.
Please consider helping me get closer to my $10,000 goal. We are still at $2235.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
When I got home last night, I was at 4318 MILES!!! Now, going backwards from last night (Friday). We got home about 9:30 p.m. We had just driven through a rainstorm, so my car was quite wet, as it was still raining at my house. So, I put the car in the garage and vacuumed and shined it up, hoping that when I left in the morning to go back the way I'd just come to LaGrande, over the pass, that it would not be wet, snowy, dirty, or raining. Risk I took but didn't happen. Still had to re-wash this morning. This last photo was taken at Meridian Ford yesterday in Meridan, Idaho, which is near Boise. This dealership was very helpful to Deb Mann when she was trying to get some photos of herself with a Ford Focus for one of my upcoming videos. This is family owned and operated and I am pictured here with one of the guys whose family owns and operates it, Patrick Chetwood.
As I may have indicated a couple days ago, I enjoy seeing capitol buildings. And since I was in Boise, we found this building and took a picture here and started a new mission for me as I drive this car around, to add the capitol buildings I get to. I had just met Deb Mann at her place of employment. This was the first time we met and she gave me the banner she had made that was in her photos with the Focus that will be shown in my last video I make. It was great to meet Deb. THANKS for your help and support Deb!
This is a very good friend of mine that I met up with in Blackfoot, Idaho near the start of my day's journey. We ate breakfast at McDonald's and had a nice little visit! Great to see you, Loralee!
More showing off the car! Good luck to them all in their work to sell these Focus 2012's