Travel Thursdays: Chicago to LA Road Trip

In the past year and a half since we moved to California from Chicago, my boyfriend and I have been on a lot of adventures. But I didn’t blog about them as they happened as I should have. But I figure better late than never right?

So let’s take a little trip down memory lane. Back in October 2014, we made the big cross country move. 29 hours, 2,021 miles, across 5 states. What can we say, we like a good road trip. 🙂 We, of course, made stops along the way.

I lived in the suburbs of Chicago my whole life. We briefly lived in Washington DC for 6 months and we got furnished apartments so we only packed our cars full of our clothes and things, but no furniture. So this move to California was my first time ever getting a UHaul.

Here is it empty:

IMG_0134 Boxing galore + the bed wrapped up.


I found this fortune a few days before we left, it was perfect.

IMG_0141After about 20 minutes of being on the road it started pouring.

IMG_0173And on the road we also hit 100,000 on our beloved Toyota 4Runner.

IMG_0185 Beautiful corn fields of Iowa.

IMG_0208Even though we drove through Nebraska I didn’t take any pics of it. But we love Colorado and have been trying to move there for years and years. It’s still on our radar, but work keeps pulling us in different directions. Anyways here are gorgeous pictures of Colorado in the fall.

IMG_0264And this year, (which will be our third year of this blog!) we’ve decided to start sharing a few pictures of us, so you can all get to know us a little better. We are pretty private people, but I realize one of the reasons I love and follow other blogs is because I feel like I know the people I’m reading about and it feels like catching up with them when I read.

Here Dave and I are with the pretty fall Colorado leaves in the background. And yes I’m wearing my Chicago Bears sweater. 🙂

coI usually use my reusable cups whenever I go to Starbucks but with our car packed to the brim, I couldn’t find it. Here is my morning caramel macchiato, yum!

IMG_0266I love taking pictures of state signs, here is when we crossed into Utah.

IMG_0285The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign you always see in movies and tv shows.

IMG_0319And finally we made it to sunny California to our new temporary home.

IMG_0390This trip we were able to visit our friends in Iowa, Colorado, and Vegas. It was a successful, no break down, beautiful, memorable, cross country road trip. I usually like to keep track of where we eat along the way, especially if it’s local, but this trip was so long ago that I don’t remember where we stopped.

Anyway road trips are great for so many reasons. They give you time to talk to and really get to know your car-mates, listen to podcasts, sing your heart out to your favorite songs, you get to eat fun local foods, visit friends and family along the way, and you get to see the open road. I’d definitely recommend a road trip in your near future. 🙂

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