5 ways to make a road trip to california

Road trips are great. They're good for clearing the mind, soothing the soul, and when needed, healing the heart. Over the Labor Day weekend, I made a road trip across four states to move my friend to her new home in California. And not just any friend- Nancy.  The trip mostly happened without any drama, provided some funny moments, and at all times was precious time spent with a specical person.

Here we are below, just about to back out of the driveway and start the journey.

Nancy has been my hiking buddy, was my short-term roommate and fellow flood survivor, and is one of the few people in my life who can read my mood in seconds upon seeing me. She always knows when something is up with me, my masks not fooling her. We click. We get each other. We laugh together, and have cried together. I miss her already.

Here are 5 ways to make a road trip to California:

1) Take a lot of pictures. Some silly, some beautiful, some to mark where you stoped, and of course, a few selfies. Take many and edit later. 

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2) Make sure you almost run out of gas in the middle of freakin nowhere, simply to make the trip a little nerve-racking. What's a road trip without the worry of some car trouble, even if self-inflicted. 

NOTE: We did not run out of gas. Instead, like an oasis in the middle of the Sahara desert, a gas station appeared on the horizon and we were saved. 

Day two began on the Utah/Nevada border. 

3) Stay overnight in Wendover, Nevada. Because it's half way. Not for any other reason would one want to stay in Wendover. Except maybe to people watch in the Casinos. And to get a picture of Wendover Will. 

4) Make sure you plan your road trip to California from Colorado over Labor Day weekend. That way, every place you travel through is extra packed with humanity. This image below of Lake Tahoe was taken at my own risk of being pushed over the cliff from the hordes of people stacked 10 deep to see the view.  But honestly, it doens't matter how many people there are around Lake Tahoe. You always stop to take in the beauty of this place. 

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5) Start a group text message between your frineds back home and the ones in the car. Take my word for it, you will laugh all the way there and back. 

And when you reach your final destination, soak in all the beauty and fun you can before heading back home. 

Our trip ended at the sea. 

I left Nancy there in Cali to begin a new chapter in her life. She is sad and excited all at the same time. Much like I was 3 years ago when I moved from Texas to Colorado. We all need change in our lives at times. To shake things up and explore new places and people. I'm happy for Nancy, and sad for me. She has been a constent in my life for 3 years. I'm not sure how my life will be without her here by my side on the mountain trails. But as I told her, I will not be too sad, as she is only a short flight, or two day road trip, away. 

life life wonderful~ am