On the Road to Sightsee Texas!
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I’ve barely touched base on the fact that I’ve been pretty ill my whole adult life. I mean, why dwell? This is a happy place! But it’s made travel difficult and uncomfortable, to say the least. But with new doctors, new medications and new technology I’m finding myself in the driver’s seat an awful lot this past year. In fact, my 16 month old car currently has OVER 25,000 miles on it. How crazy is that? And awesome and totally positive!
These days I’ve got a pretty awesome partner in crime which is double the awesome. His name is Rob and I adore him so much. He’s calm where I’m hyper and he’s down to earth where I’m off in my own world. We’re opposites and it works well. He’s bringing things out in me that are for the better and I’m doing the same for him.
He’s really, really understanding of my health issues, too and he’s so sympathetic. After being sick for weeks he plopped me in the car and drove me 7 hours away to a specialist so I could get the help I needed. And he stopped every 30-45 minutes because I was unwell and the frequent stops were just what had to happen. And not once did he complain that my being sick was making our 7 hour trip take almost 11. Flat out, he’s one of the good ones.
But with me being healthy and awesome I’ve been able to tolerate travelling. After realizing that my new state of Texas is larger than an awful lot of countries in the world, I decided that I wanted to see every corner of it. Though we’ve mostly been limited to the South Plains and Gulf Coast Region, we’re hitting up tourist locations across our state and, since I kind of dig this whole blogging thing, we’re blogging about it, too! May I introduce to you the new blog of one Allison Murray (that’s me) and Robert Andes (that’s my guy) — Sightsee Texas.
Now this is a brand new project that was totally an impromptu thing. Basically after a trip to the island (South Padre) we decided that it would be fun to write a blog together and so when Rob ran out to the gym I set one up. Bing, bang, boom. Just like that. He walks in the door and I’m all “hey, Rob want to come look at our travel blog?” While he was running on an elliptical I was buying a URL and putting together a site :)
And now with me feeling so much better we’re constantly hitting the road and we’re putting even more miles on our little blue Corolla! Like, 25,000 miles in one year is probably going to be NOTHING compared to what we’ll hit in the next 12 months with exploring now being such an important part of our lives! And taking good car of our car is definitely a must with us always tooling around in it for impromptu day trips.
To be honest taking good care of my cars has always been a big deal for me as an adult. In college I had a car die in the middle of a super busy intersection AT NIGHT. Here it was dark and poorly lit and my car is just right in the middle of it all. Cops had to come and help me push my car out of the way and it was just awful and though it wasn’t my fault, it was just an old car, I’ve been a stickler about car maintenance ever since.
And getting the oil changed is a HUGE part of keeping my car in top form and running well on the hot asphalt of of Texas. Heading to Walmart is basically the beginning of just about every trip we make. We toss our cooler into the trunk of the car and then run in for a bag of ice and things to eat while we are running around like boiled eggs, freshly cut fruit, deli meats and bottles of water. Since we want to travel a lot we need to keep expenses down and that means NOT eating out every place we go.
We love the convenience of being able to leave the car in the Automotive Care Center and get business done, like grabbing sunscreen or beach towels or whatever, instead of just sitting in a waiting room. Since my car is newer it runs on synthetic oil like Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology. Like the other Pennzoil products help clean out the sludge that lesser oils I might have unwittingly used have left behind.
And since our Mr. Rob has a 2000 Camry that is still going strong despite having over 200,000 miles on it he can use Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil to keep his drive to work going smoothly. If your car has over 75,000 miles it just might be a great time to make the switch. It’s specifically formulated for both new or late model vehicles with the goal to keep your engine running clean and staying strong. Plus from June 15 – September 28 an oil change at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center is on roll back from $39.88 to $35.88. I always love saving money… huzzah!
Quite literally the more we save the more we can travel. And the more we can travel the more we can blog about it over at sightseetexas.com. Life is looking up, friends and I hope you’ll come along for the ride!