Why do we travel? It’s an interesting question with many varying answers. For me, it’s fairly simple: In addition to relieving stress and giving people a much needed break from their daily lives, traveling also cements experiences into your memory that we can learn from and be inspired by. Ultimately, it expands horizons literally and figuratively. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but some of my most vivid memories in life are not what I’ve purchased or acquired, but the trips I’ve taken over the years and the people that shared them with me.
RVing across the U.S and back. The entire route, from beginning to end, starting in Columbus, OH. 51 days and almost 9000 miles. A lifetime of experiences & memories. Map via roadtrippers.com
My wife and I decided to make traveling an important part of our relationship early on, and it continues to this day. It was also uber important for us to document our experiences through pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s very true. Pictures enable you to hold onto priceless memories far after the trip is over. It’s with that spirit that we’ve created a pictorial overview of a trip we took in the spring of 2015 – RVing across the U.S. and back in 51 days with our two bulldogs. We chose 51 pictures, in chronological order, that either capture a moment in time for us, or that we feel best represent the beauty and unique landscapes of this country we call home. Feel free to comment with some of your favorite travel destinations and stories. We’d love to hear and learn from your experiences as well. Enjoy!
Rocky Top Campground. Our first stop near Bristol, TN.
Trucking across the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee & North Carolina border.
Day 2 – The hills outside Asheville, NC. Our view for the evening.
Rainbow Row – Charleston, SC
Angel Oak – Possibly the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River, near Charleston, SC
Tybee Island Lighthouse near Savannah, GA
Yoga in the Palms. Jacksonville, FL
Biking on the beach cruiser. Ponte Vedra, FL
Dallas Night Sky
Enjoyed America’s pastime in Arlington, TX
Had a BIG Steak at the BIG TEXAN – Amarillo, TX
Almost ran out of gas on Route 66 in the middle of the Southwestern desert.
Mountain yoga hike with a local yogi in Santa Fe, NM.
A picture of an ENTIRE mountain outside Albuquerque, NM.
Straddling the border of northern Arizona and southern Utah, Monument Valley is one of the most intensely and genuinely awe-inspiring landscapes in the U.S. Countless movies, including some of the most famous Westerns, were filmed here.
Sunrise over the buttes – Monument Valley
Handstands in the sand – Monument Valley
Walked the famous Zion Narrows.
Climbed the mountains above Sedona, and realized not ALL of Arizona is desert.
One windy day and night in Palm Springs, CA. Easily the windiest place we visited on our trip.
Finally reached the Pacific over 3 weeks into our trip. Hello Santa Barbara Harbor!
Someone needed sunglasses as we took in the cliffside view at Lucia Lodge – Big Sur, CA.
Among the coastal Redwoods in Big Sur, CA
Followed the LoveBus down Lombard St, the ‘Most Crooked Street in the World’, in San Francisco, CA.
A road like no other – Avenue of the Giants.
Iconic to say the least, Seattle’s Space Needle. Do yourself a favor and make the trip to the top during sunset. Incredible 360 degree views of the downtown skyline, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges.
Stopped at one of the most famous city markets in the U.S. – Pike Place Market. You’ve probably seen people in Seattle throwing fish. This is where that happens.
Continually tried to stop the dogs from climbing in the captain’s chair whilst driving. Sorry guys, only people with thumbs can steer the RV.
Drove through the rolling hills and mountain scapes outside Boise, ID. Boise was a surprisingly cool little town.
Somewhere between Salt Lake City and Provo, UT, a lone house sits on a deserted road in a mountain valley.
Sunset over Moab, UT near Arches.
Driving through Kansas was long, but not quite as boring as we’d imagined. Spent one night in the middle of nowhere – Paxico, KS (no spaceships allowed)
On a rainy, foggy, chilly night, we walked through the Gateway to the West backwards, as we headed home to Ohio.
After 2 months in a 25 foot RV, we were both happy to be home in Columbus, OH, but also excited for our next adventure. We love to travel, but feel extremely lucky to live in such an amazing city in the heart of the country.
Until next time, keep traveling!