After getting married July 22, 2012 we thought is would be fun to make our move to North Carolina a road trip that we could always
remember. Starting in Long Beach California going through six states (not counting California or North Carolina). I hope you get as much enjoyment reading about our adventures as we did living them!
First stop Arizona!
Arizona is one of those States, like most, where there is just to many amazing places to go and see when your only there for a short time. We spent about three days driving through Arizona and I cant wait to go back someday. There is so much more there than just the Grand Canyon.
In our trip we stopped in Lake Havasu Arizona, where we visited with family and strolled across London Bridge (A bridge that was build originally in London but was torn down and built again in Lake Havasu using the same bricks). We then made our way to the Grand Canyon, you cant go to Arizona without witnessing the magnificent view of one of the natural wonders of the world. Pictures do not do this incredible canyon justice.
After the Grand Conyon we made our way to a bucket list item of ours. Four Corners,which is where four states, (Arizona, New
Mexico, Colorado, and Utah) meet so you can literally be in four places at once! FYI this was literally in the middle of nowhere! On the way there we had the privilege to stop and see some Dinosaur footprints! Don’t believe us? well we thought it was pretty sketchy too, but still a neat experience that not everyone can say they have had.
Our time in New Mexico was short but sweet. We arrived in the famous Albuquerque New Mexico a little late, so not a lot of exploring there, but the next morning we did stroll around Downtown a we bit to get a feel of the city!
From there we swam the deep waters of Blue Hole. Which if you do
not know is an 80ft pool of water that is naturally occurring believe it or not! A lot of divers come here to practice their skills. As we drove through New Mexico we came across a lot of thunder and lightning as well as rain, which apparently is common during the summer!
We didn’t see a lot of Texas while we where there sense we passed through the top skinny part of it. But the little bit that we did see was just beautiful, especially the sunsets!
We really hope to visit Texas again soon and explore a little more!
Word to the wise only visit Oklahoma in the summer if you really love the heat…when we arrived we where blown away by the hottest weather either of us has ever experienced, it was 115 degrees outside!
Here we explored a Historic Route 66 museum and learned all about the awesomeness and history of the road. Then we went to a horse racing stadium and learned a little about how betting works. Slowly but surely we made our way to our KOA campground and relaxed by the pool. Before leaving we had our first encounter with southern food at the famous Cracker Barrel! Where tea is considered sweet! Thats when you know you are in the south.
Arkansas was beautiful. Not only was it warm and the weather perfect, so was the water at the lake we stayed at! Lake Ouchita,
(pronounced “Washita”). It was such a beautiful relaxing park to stay at I would definitely go back and recommend it to others.
We made our way to Little Rock Arkansas as well and explored the downtown area which was just absolutely adorable! We slurped up yummy ice cream cones and basked in the warm heat. Also in Little Rock is Hot Springs National Park, which we walked through but unfortunately did not have the privilege of going in. Maybe another time!
In Nashville we explored the Replica of the Parthenon from ancient greek times, and boy was it big! Of course liking country music we had to take a visit to the Grand Ole Opry House, where country artist’s dream of playing at.
North Carolina the state we called home for the year after we were married. Living in North Carolina is definitely a different experience than California. The people are friendlier, living costs and gas are cheaper, but most of all there are millions of fun out doors activities in our area (Western North Carolina).
Living here for a year was wonderful. We met some incredible
people, found an amazing church, and have done some fun activities. Western North Carolina has so much to offer, such as: hundreds of hiking trails, waterfall trails, horseback riding, ziplining, an adventure park, white water rafting and so much more.
We feel so blessed with the time we have had there.