ROAD TRIP!

Shortly after we found out we were moving to San Diego, Alex (my husband) had already started planning our road trip up the coast of California. It was just a matter of when. A few months later I received a wedding inquiry for a wedding in the San Francisco area and I thought, well there we have it, we’re going on our road trip! We took ten days, starting in San Diego and drove the coast, hwy 1 and 101, all the way to Portland with some INCREDIBLE stops in between. In our first day alone we stopped in Santa Barbra, San Luis Obispo, drove through Big Sur and ended in Monterey. Sidenote: One of the downfalls about military life is that you are constantly trying to make friends, but just as soon you are saying goodbye and sending them off to their next station. HOWEVER, there is a silver lining. You end up with friends all over the country and develop a little military network. As luck would have it, two of our closest friends from Virginia moved to the west coast around the same time we did, and we were able to visit both of them; in Monterey and Portland! It felt like home to see them again!

After Monterey, I shot a lovely wedding (you can see that here) in south San Fran and we spent the rest of the weekend there. Our next stop was Sonoma (where I was in a wine coma or something and only took about two pictures that weren’t on my iphone. Oops!) A loooong drive later we arrived in the Red Wood Forest and camped for two nights. It’s a toss up as to which was our favorite stop, but our stay with these giants was awesome. I never thought a tree could move me so much, but when you’re standing and looking up at these towering and massive trees, you just imagine what the time periods they’ve lived through. Your imagination just runs wild! I can’t quite explain it, I just know that there are times when I witness God’s creation that I’m just in awe, this was one of those times. Our final stop was Portland, tied for first as our favorite stop. The drive along the Oregon coast was stunning! (so stunning that we forgot photos…again) And on the last day, we drove 17 hours straight back to San Diego, giving us hours to reflect on an unforgettable trip. During that drive we found an article that was so fitting…”Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods…your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.” Reading that was the bookend to our trip and a wonderful guide to how we want to live our lives. This roadtrip was a dream adventure for us and now it’s a small piece of who we are.

Enjoy a few highlights from our trip, some are taken on my camera and some are just iphone shots. I have to confess, I am a terrible photographer on vacation. I like to just enjoy myself and see things through my own eyes rather than my viewfinder.

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