WOW! It’s hard to beleive how far we’ve already come after buying and renovating our tiny home over the last 3 months! We’ve now spent two weeks on the road, living in our Airstream, and driving from one complete opposite corner of America to the other!
We are totally loving being on the road!
I have to admit that most of our journey so far has been about covering miles to get us to the west coast so we could start touring slowly, sightseeing and enjoying the slow pace of life. (It hasn’t been very slow so far!) But over the last two weeks we have actually accomplished a lot including:
- Driving through the fall maple leaves of New Brunswick , Maine and New Hampshire
- Went to Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest for Halloween
- Toured Alcatraz Prison
- Saw Elephant Seals at Ana Nuevo State Park
- Saw seals at Pier 39 in San Francisco
- Toured the Famous Winchester Mansion in San Jose
- Shopped for deals at the Outlet Mall in Pleasantville
- Walked through Mammoth Caves underground in Kentucky
- Had Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kentucky
- Went back in time at the Route 66 Auto Museum in Arizona
- Camped in the woods with Pumas at Anthony Chabot State Park
- Drove more than 6600 kms / 3730 miles
And it’s only just begun!
Some of my favourite pictures of our trip so far are:
Sitting on a colourful mountain in Pennsylvania.
Playing around with the settings on my new Fuji XA-3. I love these color isolation modes! Pirates on the road!
Our tour leader telling a ghostly story in the dark with only the light of an oil lamp inside Mammoth Caves, Kentucky.
The selfie mode on my Fuji XA-3 camera makes great looking selfies like this one on Route 66 easy!
Our campsite in Amarillo, Texas. It was very isolated and flat!
The Route 66 Auto Museum in New Mexico.
Beautifully maintained antiques and memorabilia!
A rest stop off Route 40 in New Mexico. It’s really starting to look Grand Canyonesque here!
This cool Volkswagen bus was just sitting beside a gas station in Arizona.
The incredible views we woke up to at our campground on top of a mountain at Anthony Chabot State Park. Because of part of the road being blocked by a landslide we had to drive 25 minutes through windy mountain roads (in the middle of the city of Oakland) to get to this park. It was worth it!
Welcome to Alcatraz!
We were welcomed to Alcatraz by former prisoner Bill Baker who was there promoting his new book which of course we bought and had signed!
“D Block” isolation rooms.
These beautiful trees are everywhere in San Francisco including on Alcatraz Island.
Panaorama views of San Francisco from Alcatraz Island.
More beautiful views and rugged territory at Alcatraz Island. We walked all over it.
Seals at Pier 39 in downtown San Francisco. Stinky, loud and apparently adorable as we could barely drag the girls away.
The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Watch for a blog post about this interesting place coming soon!
The coastline off the A1 highway from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.
We stopped for a hike at Ano Nuevo State Reserve to see the famous elephant seals.
The beautiful sandy 4mile walk to the north beach at Ano Nuevo State Reserve.
The elephant seals! These are very small because they are adolescents. The adult males don’t come back to fight for their territory until late November/December. They were very lazy!
I couldn’t have taken these amazing photos without my new Fuji X-A3 camera so I have to give them a big shout out. I’m absolutely loving the way it captures incredible photos and then transfers them to my camera instantly to share with family and friends. I rarely use my terrible phone camera any more because this one is so easy.
Disclosure: Fuji totally gave me an X-A3 camera to play around with so I could capture these amazing photos of our trip. I’m honestly loving it (can’t recommend it enough) and all opinions in this post are my own!