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Memphis to California Roadtrip

Day #1: Memphis, TN to Amarillo, TX

June 22, 2015 

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Today was nothing short of amazing! Yesterday was Father’s Day and Stephanie and I decided that we were finally going to go on the road trip we’ve always talked about to California. So last night after the day was over, I drove to Memphis and Stephanie drove from Atlanta to meet at her apartment.

Once I got there, I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to get back on the road! I woke up at 4 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep so I just stayed up planning my outfits, downloading music/movies, and looking out the window to see when the sun would come up.

We finally left around 7 and drove about 800 miles to Amarillo, Texas. Can I please just say, Arkansas would be the most boring state in the entire universe if Oklahoma didn’t exist.

We stopped in Wine Country in Arkansas around the Altus and Ozark Mountains to a place called, “Post Familie Winery”. It was a 5th generation family-owned business created by Mr. and Mrs. Post from the Eastern part of Germany. It was the first time Stephanie or I had seen how wine was made.

We went through a tour of the vineyard and followed it with a tasting. We decided on a bottle of “Blue Parachute” for when Steph and I got to the Grand Canyon.

To describe Oklahoma to you, in a nutshell, it was a lot of land, windmills, more land, and then some animals. No offense Oklahoma.

Amarillo wasn’t my favorite place either. We stayed at the Red Roof Inn, had issues with the front desk lady charging both of our cards twice, and when I took a shower there was a band-aid and hair wrapped up in it. I wound up leaving that towel for Stephanie…. lol kiddingggg 😉

Tomorrow morning we’re gonna stop at Cadillac Ranch on the way to the Grand Canyon!

Goodnight <3

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Day 2: Amarillo, TX to Grand Canyon, AZ

June 23, 2015

  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Petroglyph Mountain, New Mexico
  • Meteorcrater in Arizona
  • Indian Country, Arizona

After leaving the hotel, we stopped at Cadillac Ranch which was basically a few Cadillacs shoved in the ground with spray paint on them. We took our pictures and rolled out.

It’s about 2:15 PM and we just passed through Albuquerque, NM. We stopped at a trail called “The Petroglyph” and it was loads of fun! We learned that a Petroglyph is a rock carving, especially from the pre-historic era. The trail to the top was only about 30 minutes and there were rock carvings all the way up. I was so excited to get to the top that I didn’t even stop to look at all the petroglyphs.

Symbols are a reflection of spirtuality.

The view was GORGEOUS! There were mountains surrounding us and little homes that looked like Spanish pueblos.

New Mexico was great, the worst part about my experience here is when Steph and I were taking polaroid pictures and I sat by some sunflowers right into a bed of ants. Literal ants in the pants. It was horrid.

On the road again we go.

Being that I’m OBSESSED with the sky, the moon, the stars, literally everything – we HAD to stop and see the largest meteor crater that has ever hit the earth (besides for the one that killed the dinosaurs). The meteor wasn’t large at all but the crater it left was MASSIVE! It was SUCH a sight to see. I think they said it was equivalent to like 12 NFL football stadiums or something which is completely nuts.

Later on our drive, we stopped to see some TeePee’s and trespassed private property to get a picture with them.

Tonight we’re staying in a little town outside of the Grand Canyon and it is so cute here. We just checked in at Buffalo Pointe Inn and the management has been so sweet so far. The owner left us a handwritten note and we didn’t even have to pay before we stayed.

The weather here at night is great! It feels like October in Mississippi but it’s the middle of summer. I love how The Grand Canyon is such a huge attraction but still has a small town feel. I can’t wait to visit it tomorrow so I’m gonna try to rest up.

Night, XX.

 

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Day 3: Grand Canyon, Shiner’s Diner in Williams, AZ, Route 66

June 24, 2015

We stayed an extra night in this cute little town. Here are all the pictures we collected:

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Day 4: Williams, AZ to Las Vegas, NV

June 25, 2015

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Hoover Dam, Nevada
  • Pool Dam
  • MGM Grand Hotel
  • Tiesto @ Hakassan Night Club
  • Stephanie Gambled for the First Time

What a freaking day! Today was so eventful. We drove from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas and when we got there we checked into the wrong hotel. We were at Planet Hollywood and we needed to be at MGM Grand. We were so aggravated with each other by this point. So aggravated that I wound up walking away to breathe and saw Katt Williams coming out of a limo (silver lining, yeah?).

Anyway, we finally got to MGM and they upgraded our room to a suite. We changed into our swimsuits to go to the pool. I wanted to layout and Steph wanted to get in so that’s exactly what we did. I felt like we needed a little time to ourselves anyway. Steph wound up meeting like 27 guys from Canada that were on a bachelor trip who invited us to come to their penthouse before going out and seeing Tiesto perform at Hakasan.

After the pool, we went back to our suite and got ready for dinner. We wound up having Kabushi at MGM which was a really nice sushi restaurant. We sampled 4 different types of Seaweed and shared two rolls. One of the seaweed options was black but really good surprisingly. When we were done with dinner, we looked for game where Stephanie could pull the lever. Once we found one, we headed up to Stephanie’s new friends’ Penthouse to pre-game before Tiesto.

Everyone was so kind. They offered us drinks and then we headed to the club.

Long story short, the night was amazing!! If I mentioned everything, I’d be breaking the cardinal rule- “What Happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”.  😉

On the way out, we listened to “Leaving Las Vegas” by Sheryl Crowe (the irony, right? lol). Off to San Diego we go!

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Day 5: Las Vegas, NV to San Diego, California

June 26, 2015

  • La Joya Beach
  • Gas Lamp District
  • More Sushi

San Diego was really chill. Here are some pictures:

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Day 6: San Diego, California to Home

June 27, 2015

  • Painted Desert
  • Sand Dunes
  • Texas Cactus

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This was the trip of a lifetime! Getting to road trip with your college bestie in a convertible down Route 66 is an American Dream and I’m so glad we got to check this off our bucket lists. Driving across the United States together is something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives and I’m so blessed this one was there to be my partner in crime. Steph and I have a “vault” and let’s just say there were lots added to it during this trip. I look forward to the many adventures we’ll have together in the future and will treasure this one for years to come.

XX, Drue

Have you guys ever road tripped somewhere awesome? Send me an email or tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to hear 🙂

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