The morning started off on Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ - home of the Wigwam Village Motel #6. [That's right. #6. It's not the only one!] My favorite part was obviously the retro cars! I can only imagine what it would be like to stay there in a wigwam!
Next stop — Winslow, Arizona. Many of you have heard the song by The Eagles, Take It Easy. There's a line in the song that says, "I was standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona..." So, sure enough, they dedicated that very corner of the town of Winslow to that song. It was really pretty neat.
Reading about that town and how it was frozen in time after Route 66 was done away with, was pretty heartbreaking. It's such a small, little town now. It's hard to believe how much it once thrived. This corner was a way to bring tourists back into town. I'm so glad we were able to stop on by and pay a visit.
Then it was off to beautiful Flagstaff. I didn't know much about Flagstaff other than it tends to snow there a lot. Did you know the snowfall averages around 100 inches per year? That makes it one of the snowiest cities in the U.S.
Anyway, we stopped for coffee in Flagstaff and not only was everyone friendly there but it really was breathtaking. It was such a pretty drive meandering through all the pine trees.
After Flagstaff, I learned a new life lesson:
Always take the scenic route.
Always. At the last minute, we decided to veer off the road at the "scenic view" sign. Friends, what I'm about to show you is the true, untouched beauty of the United States. This is the kind of view I live for. The kind of view that makes everything around you stop. All the worries float away. Life is just good.
Here is a glimpse into the land known as Sedona. Raw. Untouched. And unedited.
And then we skimmed next to the border of Mexico, into the mountains full of boulders, through the border checkpoint [that was fun], and finally... onto my street :) But not until we saw that beautiful sunset...
Home Sweet San Diego
Tomorrow will mark one month since I officially made this city home.
And Monday will mark my 27th birthday.
This birthday will be different... for many reasons.
For now, I'll be enjoying my last weekend as a 26-year-old here in sunny Californ-i-a!
Catch up on the trip: