West Coast to East Coast

Hello everyone!

The move is complete! It was a long, daunting, and exhausting process, but it’s over and we are all safely reunited in our new home in Maryland. Given that I drove all the way from the west coast to the east coast, I absolutely had a few opportunities to take some pictures!

We started our drive (yes, I drove cross-country with my mother and two children – my husband had left a week earlier) on the afternoon of June 6th, stopping for a couple photos near Quincy, and continuing on. We made it to Missoula early the next morning where I tried to get a couple hours of sleep.

A photo of mountains and a lake near Quincy, Washington, taken June 6th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Quincy, Washington
A photo of the Wild Horses Monument near Quincy, Washington, taken June 6th 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Wild Horses Monument

After the small nap, we continued from Missoula, making it to Billings that evening. This time, we stopped, got a hotel room, and everyone went to sleep. And we absolutely needed that break from the car. After a fantastic bit of rest, we left the third morning, and decided to head down into Wyoming a little bit so we could stop and see Devils Tower before crossing into South Dakota.

A photo of the Rocky Mountains from Sheridan, Wyoming, taken June 8th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
The Rockies from Sheridan, Wyoming
A photo of Devils Tower in Wyoming, taken June 8th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Devils Tower, Wyoming

We crossed into South Dakota that afternoon, made a quick stop in Sturgis (how awesome!), and then headed towards Rapid City, and took a side trip to Mount Rushmore!

A photo of flags in front of the Mount Rushmore landmark, taken June 8th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, taken June 8th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Mount Rushmore

After our visit, we got back on the road, and I still had plenty of energy. We made a lot of miles that day, finally stopping in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The next day, we finished the west coast portion of our trip, arriving in my hometown the fourth night, where my best friend was waiting, and where we would be staying and recuperating for the weekend. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to take the camera out and get some photos of my hometown, which I had never been able to do.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri was originally established as a trading post by Jean Baptiste de Girardot close to the mid-18th century, later becoming a settlement around 1793. It lies next to the Mississippi River, and is known for its history (Mark Twain mentioned it a couple times in his books) as well as its historic flood wall and the murals that now decorate it. Ever seen Gone Girl? It was filmed in Cape Girardeau. It is home to Southeast Missouri State University, Civil War history, and is only a couple hours away from both Memphis and St. Louis.

A photo of Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, taken June 11th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Old St. Vincent’s Church
A photo of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, taken June 10th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
A barge sails south on the Mississippi River - captured June 10th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Barge on Mississippi River

 

A photo of the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, taken June 11th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
Common Pleas Courthouse

A photo of a barge sailing north on the Mississippi River, taken June 11th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography

A photo of a barge sailing north on the Mississippi River with the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge as a backdrop, taken June 11th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography

A photo of the flood wall in Cape Girardeau, Missouri with high water marks taken June 10th, 2017 by Molly Stark - Molly Eire Photography
High water marks on the flood wall from past floods

My children have never been to my hometown, or visited any of the spots I did as a kid. So I made it a point to take my son in particular to one of the parks I used to play at. There is an old train there that I played on as a kid. That train was still there, and he got to play on something that I used to play on. Pretty neat when you think about it. 20-30 years later, that train is still there!

A photo of Big B as he plays on a train his mommy used to play on at Capaha Park.

A photo of Big B as he plays on a train his mommy used to play on at Capaha Park.

Monday, we had to get back in the car and continue the drive. It was my goal at this point to just get it over with as soon as possible. 15 hours later, we arrived in Maryland. At about 5am eastern time. It was over. The long drive was finally over, and the movers arrived with all our boxes and furniture a couple hours later. I’m still unpacking some things, still trying to get this house under control, but it’s a relief to not sit in that car for hours on end.

So what’s my plan from here? I’m already planning a trip into D.C. to take pictures, and I would love to get some pictures of the town we live in. It’s so gorgeous, and I love the old architecture and history surrounding it. It’s definitely a new adventure, and I am looking forward to it!

Pssst! My shop is no longer on vacation, and I have added some photos from the trip to the listings. Feel free to check it out, and if you use the coupon code “REOPENING10“, you get 10% off your order until the end of June. 😉

©Molly Eire Photography

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