17 Jan


My new road trip inspiration photo…minus the guns and the running from the law part.

I have been obsessed with all things road trip lately- The route! The cities! The music! The people! I am dying to get on the open road with no real objective other than to explore. It speaks to my soul- sounds dramatic but it’s true. I sincerely hope this isn’t one of those goals that sounds much better in my head and the reality of it sucks. I highly doubt it though. Adventure is usually always fun. Sadly, my normal partner in crime, Brian, isn’t available to drive across the country with me (Damn those jobs. Although he may fly in for a leg of the journey…we will see) so I had to move on to my next partner in crime, Rachel. She is a perfect person to road trip with considering she is adventurous, fun and also a beautiful photographer.

She came over the other day to brainstorm the road trip routes and dates and we had so much fun! We were getting more and more excited by each stop and idea! After a few hours we had our route and our departure date…

March 29th 2012

Los Angeles -> Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona -> Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona -> Silver City, New Mexico

Silver City, New Mexico -> White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands, New Mexico -> Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico -> Abiquio, New Mexico

Abiquio, New Mexico ->Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas -> New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana -> Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi -> Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama -> Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee -> Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia -> Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia -> Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina -> Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -> Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina – > Virginia (cities to be decided)

Virginia – > Delaware to visit my family!

When Brian got home from work, I excitedly showed him our plan and he said…”why these dates?” I said…”I don’t know, why not those dates? We kinda just picked them out of a hat” He said “what about a car and hotels and… and…and?

I said “Details, honey, details. Don’t you know how I work by this point, silly?


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine


13 Responses to “172”

  1. Rick January 17, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    um you can just skip Phoenix, it kinda blows…

    • katemcclafferty January 17, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      Hhahhahah. Ok then. 🙂

      • Crystal January 17, 2012 at 9:45 am #

        I agree. Do Scottsdale instead. And why so much time in New Mexico? I say take an extra day in TX and check out Dallas too. Then you can glam it up and take silly pics :p

      • katemcclafferty January 17, 2012 at 10:04 am #

        Not a bad point about Dallas Crystal!! Regarding New Mexico…we both had a list of places to see that we were not willing to budge on! ha

  2. onepartgypsy.com January 17, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    GOOSEBUMPS!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

    • Judith Kitzes January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Oh, do more time in New Mexico, and then more time in Texas – Big Bend National Park, fer instance. This is a great adventure, and I am a travel professional.

      • katemcclafferty January 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

        @ Judith…Thank you SO much for your ideas!! Big Bend National Park looks beautiful!! That may just have to be added to the list! Have you ever driven across the country?

  3. david hicks January 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I drove from Portland to chicago once in mid winter. Lucky we didn’t kill ourselves coming through th Rockies in the snow. Got to the museum of science and industry and it was CLOSED. talked my way in. guess that foreshadowed becoming a lawyer 14 years later.

    If you go to Arizona, you must seek Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona. I’ve travelled plenty, and have yet to see anything more beautiful–anywhere. And while night clubs are the same, one cannot say that about Glacier National Park,Yellowstone, and some other places. You’ll need a tuneup before and after the trip unless you rent a mileage unlimited comfortable and safe car. When I got out of the military on the east coast and had to come home, we found a rent a car that had been driven one way from San Francisco to New York, and they let us ferry it back, giving us their gas credit card. we had to pay for any oil or tire issues (which come up when one abuses cars). We went down through the south when it was a little scary even to be while if you weren’t from there. new orleans was fun. etc. hoping one or two of these thoughts smooths your trip. The secret to being a good travelling companion is to NEVER insist on your own agenda. drive safely. Irv’s neice’s husband.

    • katemcclafferty January 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      @ David…thank you so much for your ideas! I loved reading your comment. I will most certainly put Oak Creek Canyon on the list! Loved your points about the car situation. That’s amazing you found a car that needed to be driven back! That would be ideal!! Did you just call around to different rental companies? We haven’t decided just yet although we were leaning towards renting a car…

  4. sarah January 23, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Hi Kate! I found your blog via a comment you left on Jenna’s site (sweetfineday). I just have to say I think it’s so awesome that you’re planning a road trip across the country. It’s something that I would love love love to do some day! My boyfriend and I just finished up two driving adventures of our own in 2011. The first was 20ish days going from LA through Oregon and Washington. The second was over the holidays when we spent a week traveling through Arizona, New Mexico and a bit of Texas. It looks like we hit a number of the same areas you list on your trip… so I’d be more than happy to pass along any info I have. I can’t wait to see the blog posts during your adventure. Have fun planning!

    • katemcclafferty January 23, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Sarah!!! SO happy you stumbled upon my blog! I just checked out your blog (which I love) and road trip pictures (which are beautiful!). What a great road trip you took! I will most definitely be contacting you about some ideas/info…..:)


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