After packing up a 4 x 8 foot trailer with all of our belongings, we hit the road and said goodbye to San Francisco after nearly three amazing years. 12 states, 3,000+ miles, four hotels, one campsite , three blow up beds and nearly two weeks later, we’ve made it all the way from San Francisco to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Our first stop was the Grand Canyon via Needles, California. We set up our campsite at the Mather campground in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. The temperature was in the 90’s in the south rim, but at night temps dropped to nearly freezing. It was the first time either of us has been there and it far exceeded our expectations. At times, it almost looks and feels surreal.
We spent the better part of two days hiking along the canyon rim and down into the canyon. The canyon can really get your adrenaline going, especially when you stand on the edge of a cliff looking at the ground a mile below. The sight is so breathtaking, it can make you go weak in the knees.
From the Grand Canyon, we traveled along I-40 making overnight pit stops in Albuquerque and Oklahoma City. It wasn’t until we reached Memphis that we really took our time to enjoy our surroundings again.
Memphis was lively and soulful, but most of all delicious. We ate and drank our way through the city starting with the best fried chicken we’ve ever had at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. We hit up multiple bars and Blues joints on Beale Street before finally calling it a night. The next morning, we stopped by the Peabody Hotel to watch the duck procession and went to find a barbeque joint for lunch. We found the Bar-B-Q Shop where we indulged in dry rub ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. It.was.amazing.
After Memphis, we stopped in Atlanta and Raleigh to visit friends, family and to unpack our trailer of belongings. As soon as we hit the North Carolina state line, we were relieved to have made it the entire way in one piece!
Although we’re both currently unemployed, our days are completely filled with wedding planning (with a little bit of trip planning sprinkled in, too). Luckily, we are able to sneak in a few hours of quality beach time as well.
T-minus ten days until the wedding and less than one month until our plane departs to Quito, Ecuador!