As some of you may know, I spontaneously decided to hop on a cross country trip my high-school friend was taking to L.A. I bought my plane ticket on Friday afternoon and off we went bright and early Saturday morning. I have ALWAYS wanted to do this trip. Having done both coasts to a degree, I can’t deny that the middle has been neglected for the past 20 years.
Besides missing on the nature and beauty of this country, the appeal of being able to find local antiques and vintage has always been a dream of mine, each state offering it’s unique share of goodies to be discovered. Because we only have a week on the road, it’s been hard to stop for more than a few hours each day to take in the local shops and food, but we have certainly done our best to use the time wisely and beyond that ridiculously boring stretch of going south via West Virginia, there has been some really cool eats and finds. Equipped with my Pentax K1000 I have focused on finding quirky signage, street art, architecture and culture to capture, and will share some of the best upon my return to the Big Apple.
The road can get quite monotonous, so while being cooped up in the car for up to 8 hours at a time can suck in major ways (holding pee in for extended periods of time really builds your bladder muscles) I’ve found clever ways to entertain myself. The atlas for one thing has become my best friend… a great tool not only for navigation but trivia knowledge as well.. I may be an expert at State nicknames at this point…. Did you know that Utah is the beehive state? or that Wyoming was the cowboy state? Fascinating!
Here are some of the high’s and low’s starting at the Big Apple all the way to the Land of Enchantment.
|Doin things the old skool way with maps and highlighters
Snow and more snow: All along West Virginia…
Pit stop in Meridian, Mississippi was bitter sweet.
Unfortunately the downtown had endured a tragic fire that they were never able to recover from, but in attempts to bring back some life you can find these beautiful carousels all around the town. For more info: Around Town Carousels Abound.
New Orleans: SWOON! Must. Go. Back. For. Jazz Fest.
I fell madly in love with the charm of this town. So much life, beauty, culture.. Great food and people are so nice! I also found the cutest vintage shop which I will do a feature on soon.
Next stop: Austin, Texas. I had a great brunch and using the thrift buddy app, found a great thrift shop across the street from where we stopped to eat. Let’s just say I made out really nice.. Stay tuned for post about my thrift finds!
Texas has been great to us, the views are incredible. We took a scenic route and caught the most amazing sunset.
Right before getting to New Mexico we stopped for some tex-mex at a local restaurant. The decor was nothing short of “authentic”.
Next up for us: some desert and more desert… Arizona and finally….California… HERE WE COME!!!