This summer, traveling is for serious. I whined about it the other day, but it’s all been (and will continue to be) a blast. I had just gotten back from a business trip to Minneapolis when a millisecond later we turned around and headed west for this year’s summer adventure. 10 days, 14 states, and 4,850 miles later, I have a tent-load of photos to share.
I have so many wonderful memories and stories to tell, but when I sat down to write it all out, I felt like my words weren’t doing the trip justice. So I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me. To save you from pages that won’t load and endless scrolling, I’ll break the trip up into a few posts—the road, the trails, and the food.
Without further ado, here’s a glimpse of road tripping, Sylvan-style:
Full of excitement and caffeine, the hubs and I took a million and one photos and videos of the Arkansas and Oklahoma countryside. Plain, but pretty. We stopped for food in Little Rock and Oklahoma City and realized something—they were just like Birmingham. Empty. As in, where are all the people and should we get off the streets too? After being so familiar with NYC all my life, it perplexes me when a major city isn’t hustling and bustling.
Peace out, Bham!
Ever wonder what the highways of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Arkansas look like? A lot of this.
The hubs lost all selfie-shaming privileges when he took this shot
Totally stealing this medicine bottle vase idea
Gas station cows
Stumbled upon the arts district in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City bombing memorial
Many OKC Marathon runners leave their bibs on the memorial wall
Day 2—Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah
The entire purpose for going a roundabout way to Wyoming was to cross some new states off our list (9 states to go!). Having never been to New Mexico or Utah, I was excited to see nothingness and red rocks and an alien and Walter White. Which we did. Except for the alien. Albuquerque seemed like a fun city, and Monument Valley in Utah was simply amazing. I must have sounded like a broken record— “how did that happen? This is incredible!”
Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, TX
Things you can’t see from the window of a plane
Route 66 in New Mexico
Stopped to watch a storm form over some New Mexico mountains
Seen outside Albuquerque. I shit you not. Hey, Walter!
Monument Valley, UT
In his element
Ah, the home stretch. We woke up in Moab amidst the coolest rock formations I had ever seen, and played around in Arches National Park for the morning. Again, how?! How does a rock turn into a gigantic arch? I actually think my exact, sleep-deprived words were “EARTH IS COOL!” We made a pitstop in Salt Lake for lunch with Twitter friend Logan (Have you noticed a trend? All my friends are from Twitter?), then high-tailed it into Grand Teton National Park just in time for sunset.
Cairns make me happy
Epic scenery selfie
I got my runs in whenever I could
Because how could you not want to run here all day long?
Double Arch – HOW?!
Wasatch foothills in Utah
“Sorry Logan I have to hang up. There are WINDMILLS on the mountains!”
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City
Literally chasing the sunset at 9:45 pm in Wyoming
Home at last
If I haven’t bored you yet, stay tuned for mountain photos!