On April 24th I embarked on a road trip with two friends Driving from St Petersburg, Florida to Los Angeles, California. A total of 11 states in 6 days over 2,000 miles driven. Visited a total of 4 National Parks. Was in Photography Heaven everywhere we went. Including from the car window. Our first Stop was Little Rock, Arkansas. First day we drove for a total of 15 hours and 1000 miles. We stayed in a lovely Airbnb and explore briefly as we had another long drive ahead of us the next Day.
Day two we drove from Little Rock,Arkansas to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. When we arrived there was snow on the ground and it was also snowing out. We stayed in a log cabin right outside of the national park in 27 degree weather. Day two drive was a total of 14 hours and 915 mile drive. The morning we woke up to Snow on the Sand Dunes. We climbed and sled down some of the Sand Dunes. It was a beautiful experience and absolutely beautiful sight to witness. Even managed do a 360 flip on the sled without even trying. Lol
Day 3 we drove from Great Sand Dunes National Park to Canyon Lands National Park in Utah. A 6 hour drive and a total of a 317 miles. That night we pitched a tent out in the back roads of the National Park. That was my first experience Camping. We arrived at night and had no Idea what we would wake up to. It was 27 degrees that evening and we pitched the tent while it was raining. I remember the drive and I was looking at the Sky the stars it was so bright out and so beautiful. Truly breathtaking. The next morning we woke up and saw the beauty of Rocks all around us and we went exploring the National Park. That day I hiked down 1000 feet to the ground and then hiked back up. That was a freeing magical experience. Especially for someone who is afraid of heights.
We left from there to head to Zion National Park for the next two days. a 6 hour and 15 minute drive an another 369 miles under our belt. We arrived late at evening and camped in the actual National Park. That morning we woke up and saw what we drove through. I had never seen rocks that big. It was like I was on a whole other planet. It was truly breathtaking an out of this world experience. We spent the day exploring and Hiking Zion. We spent another night and woke up on Saturday and Headed to the Grand Canyon.
A 4 hour drive and a total of 214 miles. We arrived late in the afternoon, Walked along the trail, hiked down a path where there was some big rock and watched the beautiful sunset. Before we arrived, we drove off to a lookout point and found a puppy. We named her Zion and brought her with us the rest of the way. We found a home for her while in the Grand Canyon. We met some people there who lived in Santa Monica and that is where we were headed. We spent a night in the hotel since we had the puppy.
On Sunday April 30th we made the final drive an 8 hour drive and a total of 500 miles. We stayed with a friend in Santa Monica, explored Venice Beach, ate at a Vegan Restaurant and I put my feet in the Pacific Ocean and Saw my first sunset on the West Coast
The next morning I drove from L.A to San Diego to spend a day with my friend.My friends Emily and Becca flew to Hawaii. I arrived in San Deigo and got a surf lesson and surfed in the Pacific Ocean. I surrendered when I got in the water. My friend showed me around, we at two amazing places and I witnessed the most beautiful sunset over the Cliffs in San Diego. It was an amazing experience. I headed back home on a Grey Hound Bus. From L.A- tampa. It took a total of 65 hours. It was an amazing 12 day trip. That I will forever Remember- Avis Hitchcock
Thanks for Reading. Below is a SlideShow of the Pictures I took of our Travels with my Canon Rebel T5i