We left late at night on Friday, June 8th. Adam and I started the trip out a bit sick because I had motion sickness and he was just getting over a really bad flu. But it was alright because the trip was well worth it.
This is along the road in Alabama:
This is a valley at a look-out point in Texas, the sun was setting:
The drive and stopping was nice because I’d never been past Texas before, and seeing how the land was in New Mexico through California was a whole new experience.
I had never seen mountains so driving through here was fun:
Taking pictures at different rest areas was nice for Adam and I. Especially since he got his new camera for college:
On the way to the Grand Canyon we decided to stop at the Meteor Crater site in Arizona. It was massive and the picture doesn’t really show it:
We even went out onto this bridge with little telescopes that showed the different points of the crater. Basically we were out over the crater because the bridge extends so that there is nothing below you.
We stopped at a little town called Williams in Arizona. It’s quite historic and full of life. They had a cowboy shoot-out staged every night at 7 and a carriage tour Adam and I went on. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures that night in Williams.
Now here is the breath-taking south rim of the Grand Canyon:
I don’t think there is a camera that can show how great it is. It’s already picturesque as it is because it just doesn’t even look real. In the last one you can see a glimpse of the Colorado River.
In some time we made it to California.
Here’s Mann’s Chinese Theater:
We explored Hollywood Boulevard, which is great, but is not as glamorous as people assume. It’s exciting and all, but it just isn’t what people expect.
Mann’s Chinese Theater:
Johnny Depp’s hand and foot prints in Mann’s Chinese Theater:
I took a few pictures of the stars on the Walk of Fame, so here’s one in Ray Bradbury’s honor:
We went hiking at Eaton Canyon park in Pasadena, California. It is perfect and peaceful here.
Adam and I being monkeys:
The smaller of the waterfalls here in Eaton Canyon:
Most of the way you really have to hop/leap across these stepping stones:
View at Eaton Canyon:
The larger waterfall at Eaton Canyon:
Another day, we went to a little record store in Pasadena and went shopping in a two-story Target (which is never in Florida, lol). Then we went to the beautiful Pasadena City Hall before hanging out with a friend of Adam’s mom:
Here are some pictures of when we went to Venice Beach, which is really a place of it’s own:
There was also a skate park here, but I don’t want to flood this with too many pictures.
We also went to the Los Angeles Zoo, which is beautiful and has all kinds of things I’d never seen before:
This little thing kept trying to get this leaf down:
I have soooo many zoo pictures, so these are only a couple.
Our last adventure in California was the Queen Mary:
It takes you back in time when you go inside. We waited about an hour for it to open, and it was actually a cold day in California, especially with the “June Gloom” they had. We decided to take the Princess Diana Tour, which had old newspapers, plates, and letters of the royal family. Diana’s part of the tour had a timeline of her life with letters and cards she wrote, cases of her actual dresses she sold, and it really showed her legacy with her children and charity work.
Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures in the tour, so this is all I have to show of it:
After the tour, we played around on different parts of the boat:
So this doesn’t include every picture I have of every event, but this is a very simplified timeline of our trip. It was very nice to see different parts of the country and have these new experiences. I was very lucky.