Our last two days of driving weren't too eventful. We were both pretty beat up from the rest of our drive so we decided to just head straight to our destination. I did enjoy my first In-N-Out Burger though, so I guess that means it wasn't too boring. We spent most of the last two days driving through nothingness lightening to 1984 as a book on tape. After leaving San Jose we stayed in southern Oregon and the next day we arrived in Vancouver! Mt. Shasta was really pretty at sunset! I didn't take too many pictures the last few days, but I think I might have to do an iPhone pic post of all our silly candid moments. Thanks for coming on this journey with us! We can't wait to see what life as in store for us back in the PNW!!
When you see cars pulled over, you join them. Originally I was going to run off by myself and take a few pictures but, before I got too far away from the car I could hear how big and awesome the waterfall was so I made Stephen get out and come with me. There wasn't a real path to get to the waterfall so we jumped all over, climbing rocks and finding our own way. It was in that moment I thought to myself, this is what I have been missing! I love to be outside, I love to hike and climb and explore, and I love to be out of breath doing those things. That moment is what made the move feel right. We also stopped at McWay Falls and the Bixby bridge before calling our campground to upgrade to a cabin. It had been non-stop rain all day, it was so bad that it was even raining in the car! Poor Remy and Albert were soaked! (The straps that held the bag on top of the car just let all the water seep right in.)
After checking into our camp site we drove about an hour more into San Jose to have dinner with one of Stephen's good friends Jose. He recommended a cute French restaurant in this really cool shopping area. It was too bad it was already so late, I would have loved to walk around more and hang out longer! I hope we can come back soon, hopefully to watch some hockey ;). We drove back pretty late and that was just another great thing about sleeping in a cabin, lights! Even though it was nice that night, it was even nicer to let everything dry out before our last day of driving.
I can't believe I am almost done sharing about this trip! Guess that means we need to go on another one soon! ;)
Call us crazy (if you hadn't before, moving across the country with a zoo and all) but, we drove up the California coast on HWY 1 in one day. It is definitely a multi day trip! There were soooo many amazing places to stop!! It was sort of a good thing that it was raining the whole time we were there 'cause otherwise I would have wanted to stop 1,000x's more. But, because we did end up stoping about a million times anyway to take pictures I'm breaking this up into two posts. So much pretty! Also, sea lions are soooo cute! I'm glad they were hanging out when we stumbled across their lookout point.
Stay tuned for part 2 of HWY 1 and the end of our trip!
What an eventful day this was!! The plan was to book it from Phoenix to LA to be able to explore and hang out for as long as possible. Just after crossing the Arizona California boarder we drove through a tiny town and planned on stopping for gas in the next one. Well turns out, there was no next one! We had about 11 miles left on the gas range so we pulled over to where we thought there would be gas, but I don't think that place had been operational since the 1950's!! We stopped and asked about the next closest station and the answer was either 25 miles ahead of us or about 32 behind us! I was certain we were about to be stranded in the middle of the desert with a dog, cat and a rabbit.
So, we continued on our journey praying that somehow we would make it to the next gas station. Stephen got behind a semi to help reduce the wind to hopefully prolong our tank. I had the gps loaded up for the gas station ahead and watched the miles tick by. We got to a point where Stephen felt comfortable running to the gas station and running back if we were to break down. "It would only take me 3 hours!" He said at one point. I was definitely freaking out! Eventually the gps starting saying 3 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile, 1/2 a mile. And then by nothing short of a miracle we were pulling into the gas station! We got gas, got everyone some water and then continued to sunny LA.
We got to Venice around 2pm and we met up with Ashley to get coffee, wander around and eat dinner. It was such a beautiful day and getting to walk around and hang out felt sooo nice. As we were walking to dinner we encountered Remy's most terrifying object, skateboards! We have no idea why he is so scared of them, but nonetheless if one skates past him he immediately tucks his tail and tries his hardest to run home. We were only a few blocks from the restaurant so Stephen ended up picking Remy up and carrying him the rest of the way. As you can see from the picture below, it solved all of Remy's problems. The looks we got walking in to the restaurant were hilarious! Everyone chucked seeing a 50lb dog being carried to his seat.
There is just something about New Mexico that I just connect with. It's where them southwest vibes really hit you full on, and I love it! The blue of the sky and the richness of the red dirt. There are so many cool places to explore in this beautiful state but unfortunately not many are off the highway I've been on. Oh well, guess that means a return trip will be in order!
This was my first time visiting southern Arizona and let me just say WOW! One minute we are just driving through the woods and the next we are at the top of a mountain with these amazing views and snow! And then we turn around a hill to see the next hills covered in huge cacti, I was screaming like a crazy person watching it all fly by us from the drivers seat. My plant lady heart might have exploded lol. We made it to Phoenix pretty early in the afternoon and it was really nice to shower, get dressed and have dinner with Taylor.
I was not about to drive through Texas and not stop in Waco to see the iconic silos from one of my favorite TV shows Fixer Upper. The Magnolia shop was as cute as could be expected! I was and wasn't surprised with how crowed it was, it's quite the attraction. I was browsing around getting my shopping on and this large line starts forming, what was this line for you might ask? Only to meet Chip Gaines! So awesome!! He was so nice and chatted with everyone in line. Apparently seeing either Chip or Joanna at the shop is a very rare occurrence considering all of the projects they have going on so it was an extra special treat.
Also, what is Texas without a few pictures of cows?!
We didn't spend much time in Houston, it was super rainy! But, I had found a couple of parks that I wanted to check out so we drove straight to the first one and I jumped out of the car and ran around and took pictures. By the time we got to the second park the rain had cleared up a little bit so Remy was able to get out and stretch his legs too. Next to the second park was this house that was transformed into an amusement park. It was so cool looking, and kinda looked like a set from a horror movie. I'm sure it would have been neat. There was a ton of rain in the forecast so we decided to keep moving with our next stop being Austin.
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So basically as soon as we got into Austin everything changed! From being cold, wet and rainy in Houston, Austin was sunny, warm and delightful. We had been given a few recommendations of where to eat but eventually we got distracted by all of the cool houses and food trucks! We ate a little backwards (but not that we think so) and started with THE MOST DELICIOUS doughnuts I have ever had!! Gourdough's you did not disappoint! And then we wandered a little farther down the street for some amazing tacos at Torchy's Tacos. Uh YUM! I was pretty bummed we didn't get to stay longer but it was already dark and we had at least another hour of driving to get to our camp site. Oh yeah did I mention we were tent camping the whole way with a cat, dog and rabbit? Yeah, we are crazy!
This night was definitely one to remember! As we were driving closer to our campground the lightening got crazier and crazier!!! You could see at least 10 lightening strikes touching down at one time! We totally contemplated throwing in the towel and staying at a hotel, but somehow we managed to get the tent up just as the rain came POURING down! Let me just say that our tent was made for more fare weather conditions. Everything was so soaked from getting dumped on all night. Thankfully the storm for us wasn't really all that bad, because this storm continued on to Louisiana and caused some fatalities. Anyway, moral of the story is we need to go back and spend more time in Austin! I fell in love with it right away!
Stay tuned for the next post about Waco & the Magnolia Market!
It's finally here! We did it! We moved all the way across the country and now here are some pictures :D The first day we just drove a couple of hours and stayed in Perry, FL, but day 2 was when the fun really began! We drove the 7 hours to New Orleans very quickly and played around the French Quarter all afternoon. I swear we zig zagged every street there during our short visit. New Orleans is such a beautiful and vibrant place and I can't wait to go back and stay longer! To wrap up our day we ate jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp creole & red beans and rice. What a way to start our trip!
Stay tuned for the next post about TEXAS!
So many cute little places. So many pictures to take. We were craving pizza for dinner so we ended up getting some from the Piggly Wiggly! We might have also gotten shirts that said "Eat, Drink, Shop the Pig" hahaha. I was obsessed with the rusted out buildings, so I had to make a special pit stop to see them. We also stumbled upon a giant chair, and obvs the only thing to do is sit in it!
We headed back to Tampa Monday morning and the whole day was allotted for driving slow and exploring. Before even leaving the area we backtracked Stephen's marathon route and climbed up a TON of stairs to the top a lighthouse. Only, a few miles actually into our journey back I had to stop the car and walk down some beach to try and find some driftwood. I might have found a few ;). Then, in true us fashion we walked around a state park for a while before really getting on our way.
Check it out! It's a white deer!!!
I made Stephen pull over so I could push my way through the bushes to take this picture. I came out COVERED in stickers :( Whatevs. Worth it!
October has been a crazy month around here! One week after getting married Stephen was running a marathon! That is 26.2 miles people. So we drove 5 hours north to a tiny little sea town in the panhandle of Florida. And my goodness is Apalachicola cute! They call themselves the forgotten coast and it's just this tiny little southern town. I almost forgot I was still in Florida, all of the accents were just great! Anyway, Stephen ran his marathon (in 4hrs and 13min) and then I drug him all around to explore and take pictures. He's such a trooper.
Haha just look at Remy's face!
I love taking pictures. Whether it is of people, animals or landscapes I am always running around trying to get the best shot. Just ask my husband, I am always annoying him with pictures ;).