Road Trip: Day 5

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utah signOn our fifth day on the road, we left wonderful Colorado and headed south west to Arizona. Our destination was Flagstaff, but first, we wanted to stop by the Four Corner National monument. Our route took us through Utah, which felt more safe (and probably faster) than driving back south through all of the mountains in Colorado. It didn’t take us very long to make it to Utah, and I was disappointed to see that the landscape looked pretty much the same as everything else we’ve been experiencing on the road. I wanted to see those awesome giant red rocks you think of when you imagine Utah.

100_0463Thankfully, after an hour or so, we started seeing the glorious rocks I imagined. While driving, we kept passing by signs that pointed towards the Arches National Park. I wasn’t really sure what that was, but I didn’t want to miss another national park. (We’ve passed by a few on our whole trip.) I had a feeling the rocks were going to be pretty amazing in it. So we made a spontaneous trip through the park. We were pretty pressed for time, so we drove through about an hour. We didn’t get to the see the famous Utah arches, but we still saw some pretty cool sights. I was satisfied with the stop!

100_0456Now an hour behind schedule, we got back on the road and headed to the Four Corners. It was still a few hours away, and we were already getting tired of being in the car. We made a quick food stop, and kept on the road for a very long time.

 

 

100_0490100_0494We finally arrived at our first destination, just before sun down, at 7:30. And apparently the site closes at 8 pm. We cut it really close! We waited a while to get some pictures of the borders (some old ladies were taking their sweet time with their photos) and finally, our turn had come. I think the drive was well worth it, I can say that I’ve been in four states at once! How many people can say that? I was in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, all at the same time. ☺

100_05068 pm came pretty fast, and we were forced to get back on the road to Flagstaff. Unfortunately, the sun was almost gone, and we still had more than a few hours until we were at our hotel… The drive was unbearable. We were on a two way highway for basically the whole drive, with many people nearly blinding us with their brights, it was windy, and it even started drizzling at one point.

Finally, after what felt like the longest drive of our lives, we made it to our hotel and quickly went to bed.

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Road Trip: Day 2

Colorado

IMG_0547[1]On day two of our road trip, we were headed toward wonderful Colorado. Our route sliced us through the corner of New Mexico, which I can’t complain from because the more states I get to experience during this trip, the better. :)

100_0168The drive was way more enjoyable, seeing that we were experiencing the northern terrain’s (north of Texas that is) mountainous land. The trip was longer than the first,  and it took about 10 hours total to arrive at our hotel in Snowmass, just about 20 minutes north of Aspen, but again, the trip was way more enjoyable because of the scenery.

IMG_0569[2]Our journey through the mountains was a little nerve racking because it was really cloudy, plus the sun was already setting. And we actually drove through a cloud at 15 mph for around 10 minutes on a mountain road at 12,000 feet elevation!

The whole drive up the mountain was really serene, peaceful, and of course beautiful. We had Grizzly Bear’s song, Colorado, playing right as we crossed the state border and the soundtrack to our mountain drive was Sigur Rós. An Icelandic band with relaxing ethereal melodies, it was perfect.

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Road Trip: Day 1

So, writing down my trip experiences has shown to be more difficult than I thought. I have been so exhausted every day and just want to relax instead of sitting in front of the computer. I have some down time at the moment so I thought I would write about what I’ve done so far. I will put each day in different posts to save from having one large post.

On our first day, we embarked on our first destination towards Aspen, Colorado. We (my boyfriend Riley and I) didn’t want to spend an entire day and night driving across the state, so we stayed in Amarillo, Texas as a half-way point, just to be safe. The trip from Austin was flat, very long, and there was a whole lot of nothing, but we made do.

Our main source of entertainment was an app that I downloaded, the license plate game. It is way more fun than it sounds, especially on a long road trip. We were constantly trying to focus and catch up to cars that seemed like they from out of state. I know we missed a few, I swear I saw Illinois, but we still ended up with thirteen the first day, which I think is pretty good! We found Texas, obviously, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.

turbineThroughout the long day, we snapped some nice shots of the great plains. We even drove through the wind capital of the United States, Sweetwater, Texas. There were huge wind turbines for miles which really was pretty cool. Just when you think you’ve seen all of the turbines, many more miles of them pop up in the distance.

We also found happiness during our drive through Happy, Texas. Although there wasn’t really anything there, it was still a cool place to pass through.

Our day finally came to an end after about 8 hours. The weather was way cooler than I expected when I stepped out of the car, forgetting that we were now in the north. We stayed at the Ashmore Inn and Suites, which was lovely. I would definitely recommend it if you need somewhere to stay in Amarillo. I especially loved the king size bed and cozied up right away.

I was very excited to head to Colorado in the morning. I’m going to go ahead and say it’s my favorite vacation spot. There’s nowhere better to be than Aspen, Colorado. Needless to say, it was difficult to fall asleep and I was so tired in the morning, but I was ready for a more exciting adventure.

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Road Trip: T-Minus Four Days

For my 20th birthday, my boyfriend gave me the gift of traveling. And 2 months later, we’ve finally planned our trip and are ready to leave in just 4 short days! I’ve never been on the road so long, or traveled so far by car. I have to say, I’m more than nervous, but I’m very excited as well!

Our trip totals at 63 hours and 3,916 miles. That’s not including our hotel stays and stops at our top destinations! This trip includes some places I love to visit, but most of them are places I’ve never traveled to and have always wanted to. Here’s a list of the amazing places we’re going to see:

  • Aspen, Colorado
    -Aspen Mountain
    -Maroon Bells
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Hoover Dam
  • Santa Barbara
  • San Diego
    -San Diego Zoo
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Roswell, New Mexico’s Area 51 Museum

I can’t wait to experience these new places, I just wish I had an awesome DSLR camera to properly document. For now, I’m stuck with an IPhone and an outdated point-and-shoot cannon. But, I promise to try and update the blog as I go so my family, friends, and followers can see my great adventure to the west coast.