Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

I know, I know... some of you just aren't into recaps but these pictures are too good not to share. Day Three and Final Day were my absolute favorites. I have fallen in love with the Southwest - the views, the architecture, the history. It is all so rich. Read along and find out which state was my favorite [California doesn't count.]

Texas







Texas began the day-long stretch of having zero Internet reception on my phone. I'm sure it's hard to believe but this was my first time ever setting foot in Texas. The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo was my favorite thing about the Lone Star State. I was disappointed that after the thousands and possibly millions of poor cows I saw, I only saw one LONE longhorn. C'mon, Texas!

New Mexico

By far, the coolest part of the drive cross country was Historic Route 66. Typical Chelsea, of course, did research on the road about how it was one of the original U.S. Highways and how the implementation of the Interstate Highway System in the 60s wiped out many of the little towns Route 66 used to go through, leaving ghost towns. 

On the side of the freeway, you'd see deserted gas stations, car repair shops, etc. Old cars, tractors, trucks. Below you will see certain stretches of Route 66 we were able to drive through. It was truly fascinating. I also picked up an authentic dream catcher in New Mexico - something I had been wanting :)





We decided to drive through the city of Albuquerque [do you realize how difficult it is to spell that?] and again, drive on the strip of Historic Route 66. It's also pretty cool to have driven through now that I just started watching Breaking Bad which is filmed there. ABQ had a different feel to it. Something I hadn't experienced in any of the other U.S. towns. It was distinct. Unique. Additionally, the sunsets in New Mexico are out of this world...







As the sun sank into the horizon, we eventually drove into Arizona and stayed in Holbrook for the night. Holbrook definitely felt like taking a step back into time into the 60s. The final leg of the cross country journey was just around the corner and I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe that by the end of the next day, I'd be home sweet San Diego :)

9 comments:

Brooke said...

Cool pictures! I have always wanted to go to Texas, but fly, not drive, driving would be so boring!

Brooke =)

Setarra said...

Ahhh the Cadillac ranch is on my "life" to-do list. Great pictures and those sunsets... Ah-Mazing :)

tara said...

cadillac ranch looks amazing! you need to come back to TX and i'll show you around! :)

lori said...

just came across your blog and i am loving it! i love what you said about feeling like you are where you are supposed to be, an exact match with your city. i feel like that as well... cheesy, but i totally get where youre coming from.

i've always wanted to visit san diego, i'll just have to frequent the blog and see the place through your posts ;)

now following and looking forward to reading more!

Hilary said...

Just checking in. Glad to hear all is well in Cali! Merry Christmas XO

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

Gosh I miss San Diego! haha Looks like such a great trip!

Katie said...

Your cross country posts and pictures have been nice to see. We don't travel much and when we do we pretty much go to the same places. I live in St. Louis, MO and have yet to travel any further west. Your pictures are like getting to see a little bit of what's out that way!

goodstorysarah said...

I'm happy I found your blog! I'm an east coast girl living in the west too.

This summer I'll be traveling on Route 66 for my first time and I can't wait!

Kristen said...

you got some really great pics, looks like you made the best of such a long drive!