The second half of the trek was probably my favourite, we went to Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Vegas, and ended up in California!
After Texas we crossed the border into New Mexico, where we went to Carlsbad Caverns which were pretty amazing! You walk down into a huge underground cave with all these rock formations that formed over time by water and mineral deposits.
Then we camped (sort of) in cabins in the desert that night.
On the way through New Mexico we stopped in Roswell which is a town known for a crash in 1947 that people think was a UFO , so there lots of alien stuff everywhere and even a whole UFO museum. Creepy/cool.
Then we arrived at Monument Valley which was soooo cool! One of my favourite places! An Indian native showed us around and we watched a native dancer and ate traditional Navajo Tacos that are like a flat bread with beans, salsa and vegies, and normally cheese and steak, but they left that off for me :)
Next up was the Grand Canyon!
When we first arrived it was SO foggy and icy, we couldn’t see anything! (Below is a photo looking out into the canyon, you can’t even see it!) So everyone was pretty bummed cos we were at the Grand Canyon but thought we might not even see it.
Luckily the next day it cleared up, and there was even some beautiful rainbows over the canyon! It was too snowy to walk down into the canyon and too cloudy to take a helicopter ride, so we just walked around the edges. It was still amazing!
After we scraped the ice off the van we were on the road again heading to Vegas! On the way we stopped on Route 66 to take a few pics…
Then we arrived in Las Vegas! It was a crazy 2 nights and I was mostly taking photos on my phone which I lost one the first night out! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… and so does my phone :(
I got a couple of blurry photos though on my little digital camera.
It’s definitely a cool place to visit, but 2 nights was enough for me haha
↑ Where we stayed in Las Vegas, a little cheap motel behind the strip haha
↓ Where I wish I was staying! The Wynn! They have a vegan menu in all their hotel restaurants! I’ll be there next time Mr Wynn…
Vegan chocolate chip cookie cake at Red Velvet cafe in Las Vegas! The rest of the time I just ate Chipotle :P
After Las Vegas we arrived in San Diego! I actually felt relieved to be in California and see palm trees and the beach and breath fresh air, especially after spending 3 weeks travelling in a mini van with 9 other people! There’s something about the ocean and the open space that makes you feel really calm. I love California :)
Bean burger and chocolate peanut butter soft serve (!!) at Evolution in San Diego!
Then after one last drive we arrived at the last stop, LA! (I will post more on LA later!)
I was a bit sad it was all over, but I was also looking forward to new adventures of living (and eating) in California!
It was an awesome trip and I got to see so many places, it was a amazing part of my year in America! :)