We left Los Angeles right after the morning rush. I made Tim go on one last run with me to the beach, since I was feeling especially nostalgic (what else is new). Then we packed up the last of our things, checked the cabinets one more time for good measure, and headed out. We had movers take care of most of our stuff, but still managed to pack our car full with essentials for the two weeks that we’d be on the road.
I’m such a sentimental person, which is why it surprised me that I didn’t feel sad leaving LA. I’d already said teary goodbyes and visited my favorite restaurants one last time (or sometimes two last times). But ultimately, our move to Austin was, and has been, such a positive one. Leaving LA felt like starting a new adventure.
Most days, we drove somewhere between five and seven hours. Seven hours, if I was driving and five, if Tim was. Just kidding. Sorta. :) On the first day of driving, our first stop was Palm Springs. We stuffed ourselves with Mexican food and a date shake to end things on a sweet note.
Have you ever had a date shake? It sounded so strange to me, maybe a bit overly sweet, but it was so, so delicious. This should catch on nationwide, I swear! The dates make you feel like mayyyybe you’re doing something good for yourself, which isn’t true, but I’ll take it.
We got back on the road and listened to Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. It has got to be the most captivating book I’ve read about romance and relationships in years. We kept pausing the book to talk between ourselves about love, which honestly I would have thought we would have talked out since we’ve been dating for a while (hah!). It was sweet and fascinating and hilarious and I can’t recommend the book highly enough. Listen to it with your sweet thang. ;)
Tim and I have been meaning to go to Joshua Tree for years, so we stopped there on the way out of Palm Springs just as the sun was setting.
Joshua Tree feels epic and effortless at the same time. When you’re there, it’s almost like you’ve stumbled on a place that nobody knows about yet, even though that’s so far from true.
When we got out and stretched our legs, Tim insisted on taking a few photos of me, despite the fact that I felt like I was emerging from hibernation. Long car rides will do that to you. I’m so glad he snapped a few — they ended up being some of my favorites from the trip.
Just as we were turning back onto the freeway, the sky turned the most incredible palette of colors.
We enjoyed it for a few minutes until the sun set completely and we lost reception. AKA — the first time I’ve used a real map since junior high.