Kimmie & Dutchy’s 2016 Big A$$ Road Trip

  • Posted on 17th July 2016,
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Well, it’s no secret that I love to ramble around this world we live in so it should come as no surprise that a few years ago I landed myself a guy that also has a lust for wandering. But to be honest, until I met Erik, I had completely forgotten how fun a road trip could be. Most of the traveling I had done in my adult life involved booking a ticket, going through numerous security checks, and spending countless hours sitting in an airport or on an airplane trying to get where I was going. A few years ago, we decided to take a first big road trip together, 10 days, out to the Outer Banks and it was awesome! I saw so much of my country that I’d never seen before! No schedule, no itineraries, as many coffee stops as we wanted……..(cue the song “Born to be Wild” here) I mean, we had a loose plan for the places we wanted to see along the way but it was exactly that…….loose! We got home from that trip and almost immediately started thinking about the next one which ended up being our 2015 Big a$$ road trip out west to Yellowstone National Park and lots of incredible places in between. The images from our 2015 trip are still sitting in a folder on my desktop waiting to be edited. (Yep, shameful I know!)

So, this year I made a promise to myself and to my hubby that I would not let the photos that I took on our 2016 road trip sit in a folder on my desktop collecting dust. And as I was editing them I thought “Hey, it might be cool to do a blog post that is kind of like a photo journal of the trip.” And so I put this together to share a really cool experience with you and to also get your wheels turning.

Seriously, we live in one of THE most beautiful countries on the planet so let’s all hit the road and see it ALL!!! Oh, and turns out, I actually love to camp. Who knew! lol

Here we go………….

Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, TX & The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM

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The Grand Canyon – South Rim

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Hoover Dam & Las Vegas

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Vegas, The Seven Magic Mountains, Mohave Desert

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Mohave Desert

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, lights of LA from Mulholland Dr, Malibu Pier with friends

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The drive from Malibu all the way up the California coast on Hwy 1/101

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Elephant seals basking in the sun:)

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Mendicino, CA

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Manchester & Point Arena, CA

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More of the stunning drive on Hwy 1

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The Redwood National Park at the tippy top of CA

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A view of Mt. Shasta

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One moon before the strawberry moon

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Yosemite National Park

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Sequoia National Park

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Back in the Mohave desert region

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Lake Havasu, AZ – home of the original London Bridge

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Somewhere in NM (aka Land of Enchantment)

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Our last night of camping in Grants, NM
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The sunrise from our campground in Grants, NM

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Tucumcari, NM

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And from here we just put the petal to the metal all the way home!

xoxo, Kim

FYI: On our trip, I took photos with my phone and my fancy camera. I included a mix of both is this post:)