Day 6 on the road // 6.8.17

Last night’s dinner was amazing. We started with warm smoked olives. Josh does’t even really like olives but he ate these! They were unreal. I’m definitely gonna have to try creating these with my smoking gun once we settle into the new place. I also got a huge kale salad it felt so good to feed my body the nutrients it has been lacking!

After dinner we stopped into a cute little spot called Rendezvous for some after dinner drinks. I had a cocktail made with turmeric, local honey, and black pepper. It was like a boozy, clear version of golden milk. Another thing I’ll have to experiment with recreating! Always good to equal out the bad with the good right?

This morning, we took it easy and finally got packed up and on the road around 11:30. It always takes so much longer to get the car packed than we think. We stopped at the Firecreek Coffee again today because it was so good! Plus, we needed a caffeine hit before the six hour drive to Joshua Tree. Next door to Firecreek, there is a shop called Crystal Magic. It was filled with every kind of crystal you could want! We stocked up on sage, palo santo, and citrine to clear out and neutralize the energy from our new apartment’s previous tenants. Really feeling the California vibe now! 🤗

Again, Mr. P was a great traveler and was asleep before we even got out of town.

Six hours to Joshua Tree. Ugh…

We had heard that you will be stopped at the California boarder for inspection. Apparently, you aren’t allowed to bring fruits, veggies, most plants, and ferrets into the state. Weird, huh. But boarder control? How do they stop and search everyone that comes into the state??? I kinda thought that was BS. Until…

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Holy crap, it’s a real thing. We were both nervous!! I don’t know why. We didn’t have anything illegal. I did bring a couple house plants. And while Mr. P isn’t a ferret, I was a little nervous for him. I have no clue where all his papers are at this moment. We pulled up, the guy asked if we had any fruit or vegetables. And then waved us through. That was it. Anticlimactic.

Through the desert. Another place that seems like it could be another planet. The drive was easy and uneventful except for one thing…

Josh called the POD company to find out what time the POD will be delivered tomorrow. Wait for it….he didn’t have our delivery on the schedule. Then he couldn’t find our POD at all! WHAT THE FFFFFFFF????? We really just drove across America and this guy lost our POD??? After Josh lost his shit on this guy, he finally found it and informed us it would be delivered on June 20. 😐 Hello, it’s June 8th. I start work June 19th. After another break down on Josh’s end, they said they could get it to us on Saturday. All of this was happening while we were sitting on the side of the road because Josh was afraid we would lose signal in the desert. We had just gotten off I-40 and onto Route 66. We were also almost out of gas. And we had this ahead of us:

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A whole lot of nothin. We found a gas station about 15 miles ahead. We pulled up to Roy’s and there were people everywhere. Laying in the road, taking pictures, etc. WTF was this??? Was this some famous place? We had no idea. Oh, and the gas was $5.00/gallon. For regular. The lady that came to pump our gas (cause you weren’t allowed to do it yourself) said this was in fact a tourist attraction because it was Route 66 and Roy’s has been in a lot of movies. She said the sign was the most photographed sign in the world right now!

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Hold up. Second bump in the road….every hotel I called for our stay tonight doesn’t allow cats! I literally called every major hotel chain in Twentynine Palms! I finally came across this small locally owned hotel called Sunnyvale Garden Suites. This little place is very unique. And for what we paid, it is very spacious! We even have a full kitchen! Hell yes. Maybe I can get back on track a little!

The only downfall (so far) of The Sunnyvale that I can see right now is their wifi sucks ass. So if my posts are short and without many photos, thats why. I’ll update them when I can.

xoxo

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Day 5 on the road // 6.7.17

Early wake up call from Mr. P this morning at 4:30am! It is 6:30 his time after all. Seems he’s back to his old self. He will never let you sleep in. It’s all ,”mow mow mow it’s time to get up!”. I was planning on getting up at 5am anyway to make it to a 6:15 yoga class at The Yoga Experience. OMG. It was just what I needed. It’s amazing how tight you can get from sitting in the car for 5 days. The instructor, Erin, was amazing. I seriously could not have asked for a better class. After class, I popped around the corner and got an almond milk latte at Firecreek coffee. Holy shit, I love experiencing a city in terms of yoga, coffee, and food. I know, so basic. But I seriously don’t give AF!

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After this incredible morning, we showered up to head to the Grand Canyon! The Grand Canyon is one of those places you have to visit at some point in your life, right? I had been there with my mom and brother about 15 years ago, but sadly, I didn’t really remember much. It’s about an hour-ish drive from Flagstaff. We left Mr. P in the hotel. We planned to stay the night here again and I’m sure he was happy to have a day off from traveling.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most breath taking things I’ve seen. It’s insane how large this thing is. There is really only one draw back that I can think of…I’ll explain below.

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I mean, look at that thing!!!!!

We got to the park about mid-day and parked at the visitor center. There was a 3 mile “easy” trail we decided to do. It really was just a side walk that hugged the south rim. In hindsight, I would have rather done one of the more adventure trails…which brings me to that one draw back…people. There was people everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!! If you are planning a trip, trust me…go in the off season…if there is an off season. Or if you have the means (which we don’t 😆,) take the helicopter service.

Next time we go, we plan to raft the Colorado River. You can do a several day trip, and from what I understand, it’s not for…wimps (for lack of a better word).

Overall, we did have a great time!!

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We are currently getting ready for dinner. After lots of Googlizing, we’ve decided to go to Shift Kitchen. It looks like just the right mix of casual atmosphere and interesting food. I’ll report back on how is was.

Oh, and as for Mr. P. He’s doing just fine. 😸

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xoxo

 

Day 4 on the road // 6.6.17

We got a late start on the day because we got to bed so late last night. We had dinner at a place in Albuquerque called Mas Tapas. It was the first good dinner we’ve had since being on the road. We have been eating a lot of “road food”. This place had some great veggies. We got the Brussels (of course), grilled artichokes, and a really fresh crisp salad. That’s really the only draw back of traveling like this. It’s so hard to stay healthy! They had a roof top bar and enjoyed some post dinner wine. We didn’t get to sleep until like 1:00am (thats 2:00am Central time ya’ll).

Driving West on I-40 out of Albuquerque is so beautiful. There was even a storm off in the distance and we could see the lightening. I’m not going to post the pictures I took of it because it just doesn’t do it justice. Seeing things like that is only good seeing it with you own eyes (channeling Local Natives).

Mr. P seems to know the car is for sleeping. As soon as we get going, he is out. He doesn’t even do his WTF face anymore!

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Our first stop of the day was Continental Divide. Officially crossing over to the West.

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On to The Petrified Forest National Park. If you’ve never been here before, you need to go ahead and put it on your list. It is magnificent! You almost feel like you’re on a different planet. The Painted Desert looks like it does because of the mudstone and standstone rocks called the Chinle Formation. Long story short, after millions of years, continental shifts, and erosion, you get what you see here. Pretty cool!

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Again, pictures really just don’t do it justice.

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So the Petrified Forest isn’t really a forest (Josh). But it used to be. When we had just one continent (Pangea), this area was located around where Costa Rica is now. So it used to be lush jungle type forest. Once it broke apart it landed (roughly) where is it now. The trees were buried and over time the wood crystalized into quartz. Crazy!

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After leaving the forest, Mr. P didn’t look so hot. I think because of the elevation along with all the curvy roads…he puked. Poor buddy. We just had one more quick stop before we got to Flagstaff.

The Meteor Crater. A meteor hit several million years ago (or something like that) and left this evidence. Scientist continue to study it to better understand our universe. Just to put the size in perspective, it could hold 20 football fields. WHATTTT!?!?

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Just a quick 30 min drive to Flagstaff. Hang in there Mr. P! When we got to the hotel, we provided him with some kitty weed (catnip) and he was content.

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We were so exhausted we just ordered room service and hit the bed. Day 4 in the books.

xoxo