Hello from California! The last few weeks have been an insane whirlwind of sorting, donating, packing, shipping and driving! This is my second time moving from the midwest to the Pacific west (or vice versa actually) and I seemed to have accumulated quite a bit more stuff- including a pug!
My (now former) roomie, Ashlee joined me on the road and we made our way along Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before hitting our destination in California. What an amazing journey, but it feels good to sleep in my own bed and have access to all of my stuff. Also, let it be known I am very happy to have a bathtub again and not be living on the 4th floor…moving out was almost as bad as moving in!
Expect two more posts about the move- one with more sightseeing photos and one with my advice on how to frugalize your cross-country move. I picked up some tricks on how to save money when moving across country that I want to share. Until then, enjoy the photos of the Chicago-California road trip!
Chicago: Saying goodbye to Chicago which also means bidding farewell to Tiffany & Co.! / Shipping some of my items via Amtrak, the rest had to fit in the car! / The Impala that got us from Chicago to California / Enjoying Buckingham Fountain one last time in Chicago.
On The Road Day 1- Illinois scenery / Stopping for road food (Ralph prefers Taco Bell to Kibble) / Me being psyched about Paul Frank toys at McD’s…LOVE / Ralph longing for nom noms at the convenience store
On The Road Day 2- Enjoying Oklahoma nature at a stop / Gorgeous Oklahoma cloudy day / Finally arriving in Texas, basking in the kitsch that is the Big Texan / If you’re in Texas, you HAVE to stop at the Big Texan Steak Ranch!
On The Road Day 2.5- My favorite spot in Texas to stop is The Big Texan for steak, fried okra and BIG beers/ Meeting up with the amazing Lora for drinks and food / Everything’s bigger in Texas, even the beer.
On The Road Day 3- Finally hit New Mexico, yes! / Yes, I had to buy new mocassins / Totally almost bought this cactus but had no more room in the car and Ralph can’t cuddle with it! / ARIZONA! WOOHOO!
On The Road Day 3/4- Sunset near Flastaff, AZ. / Back home in Cali in time for Avocados to ripen! / Ralph meets part of “the pack.” Yes, I have other pugs! / Savoring a much deserved margarita at the beach!