In 2014, I took a trip that changed my life. I had just graduated from college, and my best friend, Simone, and I decided that we were going to do a great American road trip. I flew from my home state (Maine) to her home state (California) and from Berkeley, we drove to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, and back up the California coast (including PC 1). It was an incredible experience and it was the trip that proved to me that I could do anything I wanted to do. I haven’t stopped traveling since (including this move to Venezuela). I’ve been thinking about this trip quite a bit (especially since Simone and I are currently planning Great American Road Trip II for this summer) and in honor of this trip, I’ve decided to post a photo essay. I was also inspired, in part, by Amanda and her blog, which I absolutely love. Without further ado, here is a collection of photos from that 6-day, life-changing graduation trip!
Simone and I 22 stories below the ground in the Grand Canyon Caverns!
Our car, at our first major site– a nature preserve in the Mojave Desert. Nothing says badass like a mint green 2004 Prius.
Our first major stop–Las Vegas! I realize that this isn’t the best picture, but it’s the only picture that I have of our relatively cheap stay at the Excalibur hotel, right on the Vegas strip.
During our day and a half in Vegas, we got straight to the point and did some drinking (and some gambling).
Watching the sun rise in Sin City was the perfect way to start our jam-packed day (and my favorite day of the whole damn trip).
Photo taken of one of my favorite stops on our trip: the Hoover Dam!
Our roulette dealer in Vegas told us about this gem–Grand Canyon Caverns. People really do rent out the sleeping quarters 22 stories below ground.
We then continued on to the Grand Canyon where we had a little picnic and watched the sunset. It was the perfect way to end a jam-packed day.
From there, we drove up to Los Angeles, where we spent the night with one of Simone’s friends. Los Angeles was my least favorite stop on this trip, and we had our only fight about the LA traffic. We did walk part of the Walk of Fame, which was fun, but mostly we wanted to get out of LA as fast as we could. From there, we went to Cambria, California–which was gorgeous. I completely fell in love with Cambria and can’t wait to go back one day. We toured the nearby Hearst Castle, which was VERY Jay Gatsby-esque and was an interesting way to spend the morning. Then, we drove back to Berkeley and I got ready to head home.