The 2,200 Mile Roadtrip

Over this past summer, I drove with my dad from Joliet, Illinois to San Diego, California, which ended up being about 2,200 miles. It was quite the adventure, just me, my dad, and a rented mini van filled to the brim.
On our trip, we drove through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and finally, California.FullSizeRender.jpg
After our first day of driving, we stayed the night in Joplin, Missouri and got an early start the next day to make the long drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We stopped in a tiny Texas town called Lucky to eat lunch and thanked our stars we did not live there.
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In Albuquerque, we rewarded ourselves with yummy New Mexican food and margaritas after our long day in the car.
IMG_3286.JPGOn the third day, we drove from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona and woke up early the fourth day to drive from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.IMG_3164.JPGIMG_3305.JPGAfter visiting the Grand Canyon, we headed to Vegas! We stayed one night in Vegas and had a great time trying our hand at the slot machines and wandering around. I spent some time relaxing at the pool as well.IMG_3401.JPG
After Vegas, it was time to continue home to California! This was definitely a long trip, but one I will always remember 🙂

Have you ever taken a cross country road trip?


*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted


Road Tripping with Dogs

img_4071You may or may not know this about me, but dogs are pretty much my favorite beings on this planet and I am lucky to have a furry friend of my own named Marly. Just like his mama, he loves adventure too and I try to take him with me wherever I can. I’ve taken him on a plane before, though most of our traveling together is done by car. Some dogs don’t do very well on long car rides, but my pup is a great on road trips!

Here are some tips for taking your pup along with you on a long car ride:
+ Keep a water bowl in the car and offer water to them when you stop for gas
+ Bring a bed or blanket for them and make them their own spot that they can feel comfortable in
+ Take them out for a potty break when you stop for gas
+ If your dog is nervous about car rides, putting them in a crate with their bed or letting them sit on your lap or by your feet (if they are small enough!) may make them feel more secure


*all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

The Grand Canyon

copy-6527This past June, I took a long road trip with my dad from Illinois back home to California. We made some stops along the way, one of which was to the Grand Canyon! I had never been to the Grand Canyon before and it was pretty amazing to experience it for the first time, especially with my dad.copy-6458copy-6507copy-6528We decided to take a tour through the National Geographic Visitor Center. I think that this was a great choice since neither my dad or I had been before and didn’t really know much about which parts of the canyon we should be checking out on our first visit. It was really nice to just get driven around in a pink Jeep and have a tour guide to educate us on the canyon.copy-6587copy-6553copy-6542It is hard to explain how breathtakingly beautiful the canyon is. These photos really don’t do it justice and it is definitely best enjoyed in person! At my first glimpse of the canyon, I couldn’t help but feel a bit choked up. The vastness of the canyon is really humbling and makes you realize just how small humans are.copy-6463copy-6524copy-6540copy-6469I definitely will make another visit to this beautiful place one day and will do some hiking or rafting in the river! This was a really great first visit and I am glad we made the time for it in our trip!


* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted