Starting Point: Anaheim, CA
Drive time: 0
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 0
Hours spent at Disneyland: 11
Rides rode: 17
Main Street, USA
Megan’s first ride: Indiana Jones
Halloween Time at Disneyland
Gotta get Dole Whip when you’re at Disneyland
After four long days of driving and a full day at the park, we’re going to take a break for a day and relax.
Starting Point: Sunset State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Destination: Anaheim, CA
Drive Time: 8.5 hours
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 3 hours, 50 minutes (Finished The Fellowship of the Ring!)
A morning treasure hunt on the beach
First stop: Monterey Bay Aquarium.
We spent all of the morning exploring the aquarium. We saw three feedings, penguins, open sea, and kelp forest, and met a very curious octopus.
Second Stop: Bixby Canyon Bridge.
This part of the drive was incredible, and if we stopped at every lookout or vista point, we would have never made it to Los Angeles.
Third Stop: Elephant Seal brooding grounds
These guys were so loud and funny, Megan couldn’t stop laughing
Final Stop: Anaheim, CA
We got into our hotel very late but it was worth the excellent drive. Tomorrow: Disneyland.
Starting Point: Humboldt Redwood State Park, CA
Destination: Sunset State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Driving Time: 7.5 hours
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 3 hours, 55 minutes
Waking up on Endor
Highway 1 wound its way inland to the coast. Megan got very car sick because of all the ups and downs and turns. Once we got to the coast it got a little better but we spent most of the morning focused on getting to our first destination rather than taking pictures.
First Stop: Ft. Bragg, CA
Treasures on Glass Beach
Second Stop: Marin Headlands, Marin, CA
Third Stop: Lucasfilm, San Francisco, CA
Final Stop: Sunset State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Starting Point: Newport, OR
Destination: Humboldt Redwood State Park, CA
Drive time: 7 hours
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 5 hours, 4 minutes
South beach, Newport, OR
A morning stroll on the beach
First Stop: The Sea Lion Caves
The largest sea cave in the world
We made it to California
Megan’s first California beach
Final stop: Humboldt Redwood State Park
Driving through Endor on my speeder bike
Starting Point: Bellingham, WA
Destination: Newport, OR
Drive time: 8.5 hours
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 6 hours, 26 minutes
Road trip selfie!
: Astoria, OR
The Astoria waterfront
Second Stop: Cannon Beach, OR
Megan’s good friend from Alaska (who moved to Tennessee) happened to be at Cannon Beach at the very same time we were driving through. We couldn’t pass up a chance to reconnect and walk on the beach.
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, OR
Manzanita coast line
Third stop: Tillamook, OR
Yummm! Carmel Butter Pecan on top, Pumpkin Cookie Batter on bottom
: Newport, OR
Ultimate Breakfast for dinner
We arrived at our first campground–we’re staying in a yurt!–and cooked dinner by headlamp and lantern. A quick game of Settlers of Catan rounded out the night.
Ten days and 3,175 miles later, I’ve come to the end of my cross-country road trip. I’ve seen eleven states, three baseball games, and countless roads and highways. This journey has been a mixed bag of emotions, all together exciting and exhausting, grueling and relaxing. Through it all, I knew this day would come—I enjoy a flight back home leaving Ryan in Philadelphia to create a new one. Throughout this adventure with Ryan I’ve thought about our desire for what is familiar—what is comfortable—on a road trip that was inherently uncomfortable.
Today was our first full day in Philadelphia. After running some errands in the morning, we hopped on the train into the city to catch the Phillies game.
Baseball Game 3: Arizona Diamondback 5 vs Philadelphia Phillies 9 at Citizens Bank Park
While this was probably the most exciting game we saw on our trip (the home team finally won!) Citizens Bank Park didn’t measure up to Wrigley Field or even Target Field. It was a beautiful stadium but it didn’t have the history of Wrigley Field or the atmosphere of Target Field.
After the game, Ryan and I went to Triumph Brewing Co for dinner-thanks for the recommendation, Rachel!
Quote of the Day: “How big is Villanova’s campus?” “I don’t know, 9 million hot dogs?”