america, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

CA to NJ: Day 8 — Homeward bound

The last day of the cross country trip arrived, and I had never been more excited to get on the road. “Why?” you may ask. Well, the previous night I told Pop Pop that I saw a town that didn’t seem too far off of the route and told him I would love to stop… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 8 — Homeward bound

america, Ohio, Pennsylvania

CA to NJ: Day 7 — Two Cities, One Day

Pop Pop and I were on a roll today! We packed up my roof bag and secured it to my car and left Chicago early in the morning for Cleveland, Ohio. I was really trying to see places I probably would not have a reason to visit in my lifetime, so I decided on Cleveland,… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 7 — Two Cities, One Day

america, Illinois

CA to NJ: Day 6 — The Windy City

Pop Pop and I had a busy day planned for Chicago. I almost forgot to even mention the first stop in our plans because it was definitely not the experience we had hoped for. I of course told Pop Pop we just had to visit the Sky Deck, which features a glass balcony extending four feet… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 6 — The Windy City

america, Illinois, Wisconsin

CA to NJ: Day 5 — A Long Road to Chicago

I know I said our next stop is Chicago, but Pop Pop and I had a way to go before we reached the Windy City. The road from South Dakota to Illinois was full of highs and lows. We started the morning with a visit to Sioux Falls, which is pictured below. However, our schedule for… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 5 — A Long Road to Chicago

america, South Dakota

CA to NJ: Day 4 (Pt. 2) — The Badlands

Pop Pop and I continued our journey to Badlands National Park from the Agate Fossil Beds. Unfortunately, we missed the whole drive through the park because we hit an Indian Reservation who illegally wouldn’t let us through. In their defense, they were understandably trying to protect themselves from coronavirus. Alas, we did get to see… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 4 (Pt. 2) — The Badlands

Nebraska, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 4 — Nebraskan Fossil Beds

Finally, the road trip officially started!  Pop Pop and I left the Fort Collins Best Western on Thursday, Sept. 24, but we made sure to stop at my favorite pancake destination, Urban Egg, which I discovered last year on the road trip out to California. It was my first time eating indoors during the pandemic,… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 4 — Nebraskan Fossil Beds

Colorado, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 3 — Work from Colorado

If you’ve kept up with my road trip 2.0 so far, you’re probably thinking it has been quite boring. I wouldn’t blame you. Pop Pop and I spent the first day and a half driving, and on Wednesday, Sept. 23, we worked. My uncle was super nice and let us work at his house in… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 3 — Work from Colorado

Colorado, Nevada, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 2 — An Open Road

On the road again, and seemingly forever. Pop Pop and I were behind the wheel by 7:30 in the morning on September 22 with nothing but driving on our minds. The road trip back to NJ was definitely less relaxed than the trip to CA, because while we had about the same amount of time,… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 2 — An Open Road

California, Nevada, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 1 — Goodbye, LA

When I arrived in Santa Monica in June of 2019 with my grandfather, I did not expect to be hitting him up for another road trip just over a year later. But, as I said, COVID-19 has really changed people's lives, and the reflection it allowed me ended up changing mine.  Pop Pop arrived at… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 1 — Goodbye, LA

California, Thoughts, Travel

CA to NJ: The emotion I was not expecting to visit

I knew I would be emotional coming to Los Angeles just to leave again (and for good), but I didn’t expect to care about leaving my apartment and friends so much. When I landed at LAX, I was greeted by my always cheerful roommate, and we met up with our coworker for dinner and drinks… Continue reading CA to NJ: The emotion I was not expecting to visit