Thursday evening I arrived back at home here in Baltimore after the most amazing 10 days of my life. I ventured across the country, explored the California coast, discovered the Vegas lights, and walked along the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon.
When all was said and done, I knocked numerous things from my bucket list in a short time period and I put a little over 2,000 miles on the rental car. The experience was one that I will never be able to replace, and without sounding too dramatic, in a way it was life altering. I saw and experienced things I never thought I would.
Venturing to California on my own was a big feat for me. I have never really traveled on my own and I had never been out west before (at least not within recent memory.) While my friend who resides in Cali was at work, I discovered beaches and sights on my own. It was pretty amazing. We hiked to waterfalls and through redwood forests. I watched a California sunset and found desolate beaches where seals covered the rocks.
After departing California, I made the 6 hour drive to Vegas to pick up my family. My dad and his fiance got married (so I saw my first Vegas wedding!) I gambled in Vegas (I didn’t have a lot of money so I was very stingy about what I spent) for the first time. I also zip lined in Fremont! I am TERRIFIED of heights so this was a HUGE step for me! I was petrified when I got to the top of the platform, but once the guy pushed me forward, I had an incredible time! It was such an awesome experience.
On my last day, I drove with my sister in law to the Grand Canyon. We stopped off on route 66 where I played the tourist role and picked up a couple of Route 66 postcards to commemorate the moment. It was about 4 hours to get to the Grand Canyon and it was totally worth it. I saw the canyons for the first time and even stayed to watch the sunset.
This trip helped me see a lot of things. It helped me realize that I can do many things on my own and still enjoy myself. It made me realize how much I LOVE the western portion of the United States. It also made me realize how beautiful life is in other parts of our country. While as a military brat I have done a lot of traveling, this was by far the best traveling I have done…..aside from living in Hawaii back in 1999 of course. 😉
I hope to do much more traveling in the near future, even if it means on my own. Who knows, maybe I will find myself living out west in the near future.
Live your life and see the world!