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Day 2, Part 1: San Xavier del Bac, Hotel Congress, Barrio Viejo

16 Apr


DAY 2, Part 1
I awoke at the Arizona Inn and my very first thought upon arising was were the hell am I? Does that ever happen to you, when you sleep in a new bed for the first time? You wake up and have no idea where you are. After realizing that I was in Arizona, safe and sound, and at a very beautiful hotel no less, I felt calm and I was able to take in the gorgeous scene. I was in a huge room, with a gorgeous fireplace in a plush white bed. There was a breeze wafting in the open window and I could hear birds chirping. It was a very peaceful way to wake up indeed, especially after sleeping like a rock the night before. I swear, by the end of day 1, I was seeing spots from all the excitement, driving and lack of sleep- I felt like a zombie! Rachel and I could barely speak to each other through dinner and were  asleep by 830pm.
After lounging around for a few hours, writing and sipping coffee, we packed up our luggage (which takes 5 hours between the two of us with all of our outfits, shoes, computers, cords, cameras, purses, yoga mats and other special things we have decided to lug across America with us) we headed out to explore Tucson.
Our first stop was San Xavier del Bac, which is a historic (dates back to 1797) Spanish Catholic mission 10 miles outside of Tucson. I wasn’t expecting to be as taken with it as I was. It literally took my breath away- the white mission against the backdrop of oatmeal colored rolling hills and a turquoise colored sky made me  feel as if I was standing in a painting. I stood in front of it for a moment while the breeze whipped at my skirt and wondered if every day and everything would feel like this while on this journey. Everything felt so vivid and I felt so alive.
Rachel and I wandered around the mission soaking in its beauty while snapping pictures of everything we came across. I was very taken with this altar that we found…creeped out and fascinated at the same time. It’s not often one sees this many Jesus’s and lives to tell the story.
After the mission we went to the The Historic Hotel Congress to explore…Rachel had been there many times before (from her days at The University of Arizona) and was excited to show me around. I was surprised to learn that The Hotel Congress dates back to 1919 and is where bank robber John Dillinger was caught in 1934! If those walls could talk, as the saying goes. After my American history lesson, we sat down at Cup Cafe, the hotel’s restaurant to grab brunch- an omelette for me and huevos rancheros for Rachel…both dishes were beyond tasty and our plates were cleaned.
At that point it was noon and we were already behind schedule but we both wanted to make one last stop before booking it out of Tucson. So we stopped to see the brightly colored doors and windows of Barrio Viejo which is one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods. I had never seen color combinations like these- so vibrant!
At that point, we were riding high on life and it was only 1pm.
We said our goodbyes to Tucson and hit the road for White Sands, New Mexico.
Or so we thought.
Enter in the black hole
Day 2, Part 2 to come…
(photos by One Part Gypsy)
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The Arizona Inn

15 Apr


The Arizona Inn

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85- Day 1 Tucson

14 Apr



Arizona Sonora Museum

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13 Apr


Note to future self- when you have to wake up at 4am to drive 8 hours don’t have your girlfriends over the night before to drink wine. My lord that was stooopid. Luckily, I was amped with pure excitement and adrenaline so I still managed to pop out of bed at 4am ready to hit the road.

I got so many lovely send-offs before my trip and I was very  thankful and surprised by each one. My father (true to form) handed me a stack of papers entitled, “how to drive in extreme weather conditions”. He also threw in (for good measure) another warning- if we see clouds that start to move in a circular motion (yes there were hand gestures involved) don’t drive towards them. Noted, Dad- I will NOT drive towards tornadoes!

Pamela gave me a brilliant rain coat that can fold into a ball…very handy indeed, especially when faced with tornadoes.

My mother gave me cute dresses to wear in Savannah, and her love.

Irv called me the night before to share his stories about driving across the country with me and they cracked me up.

My friend, Alex, gave me an envelope that had 23 little pieces of paper in it with inspirational quotes on them to look at each day. Beyond sweet.

My girlfriends, Jen and Taline, came over the night before to put my outfits together. If you haven’t noticed yet, I am completely inept at dressing myself in anything other than jeans and t-shirts.

Brian hid an envelope in my book with the most kind, intimate and thoughtful message written in it. It actually made me tear up a bit when I discovered it on our drive. I realized just how much I am going to miss sleeping next to him every night for the next few weeks. You could say I have gotten rather attached.

These moments also made me realize just how supported I am and they made this trip even more meaningful.

The drive…

The drive from Los Angeles to Tucson wasn’t too tiring…only 8 hours- that’s nothing compared to some of our other days!

Despite how tired I was, I found myself smiling uncontrollably throughout the drive…I am just so damn thankful for this opportunity and I can’t believe that I get to travel around America for 23 days with my best girlfriend. It’s stuff dreams are made of, people!

When we finally arrived in Tucson, our first stop was a dive-y Mexican restaurant named Los Betos (Rachel’s favorite burrito place from her days at the University of Arizona) where we scarfed down food in 1 minute flat- we were starved! Then we headed to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for an afternoon of cacti and animals. The highlight for me was most definitely the Javalenias. Have you ever seen one? The are so damn cute- like little pigs! After our nature walk through the museum we hopped back in the car for a karaoke filled drive through the rolling desert hills. There is something about the desert that makes you feel so connected to life. There is just so much beauty everywhere you turn- big open spaces filled with cacti…the blue blue sky…the bright pops of color.

It was at that point I finally felt away.

I did not think the day could get better, that was until we arrived at our first hotel- The Arizona Inn. It’s such a classic, glamorous and beautiful hotel. Its history dates back to 1930 and it is also where Eleanor Roosevelt stayed when visiting Tucson! I’m in love with everything about the hotel…the colors, the decor, the service, the croquet lawn, the flowers, the pool and well everything.

I am in love with every little detail about this trip so far actually and it’s only day 1

More to come!

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27 Mar


This road trip is shaping up to be the most insane adventure of my life! It’s becoming way more fabulous then I could have ever imagined it to be. I’m not going to lie, our itinerary is insanely ambitious and we may die from exhaustion trying to stay on schedule but that’s part of the adventure…right? Rachel and I will have to survive the driving and appointment booked days armed with laughter, cameras, our beloved computers, lots of red bull and the support of all our readers!!

New things added to the itinerary

{Living Desert Museum}

{Living Desert Museum}


(Cup Cafe- Tucson}

I have a feeling that my Huevos Rancheros breakfast from the Cup Cafe is going to be pretty amazing!

{The Compound Restaurant}

I just LOVE this.

{The Compound Restaurant}

Is that not the prettiest dining room you have ever seen?? I hear the food is even prettier…

{Puye Cliff Dwellings- New Mexico}

Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D.- I cannot wait to see it in person!

{El Cosmico- Marfa, Texas}

Sleeping in a teepee!! Yes Please!!

{Torchy’s Tacos- Austin, Texas}

I have been dreaming of eating a taco from Torchy’s Taco’s again ever since I tried one three years ago…so delish!

{Hotel Provincial- New Orleans}

This hotel is supposed to be haunted! I can’t tell if this excites me or terrifies me.

{Haunted Ghost Tour- New Orleans}

To really ensure we see a ghost while in New Orleans we have signed up for a ghost tour as well…

{Poogan’s Porch- Charleston}

The menu at this restaurant makes my mouth water- Rachel and I have decided that we MUST order the fried alligator salad because how often do you see that on a menu?

{Graceland- Memphis}

Elvis! Need I say more?!

{Smith-Byrd House, Alabama}

Is this not the sweetest Bed & Breakfast you have ever seen??

{Carriage Tour @ Middleton Place– Charleston}

The above picture is going to be re-created with Rachel and I inserted in to it.

Have any of you guys been to any of these places?? Do you have any tips? Thoughts?


21 Mar


{photo by One Part Gypsy}

I had no idea that simply planning this across-the-country road trip would be so much fun! Rachel and I are both equally obsessed with every little detail, taking great pride in finding the perfect hotel, restaurant and activity in each city we stop. It’s definitely been a process reaching out to local businesses across the US but we have been over-whelmed  by the support we have received from each city- people are so welcoming!  It’s making me even more excited (if that’s possible) to get on the road and connect with people and learn about the history of each city.

This process has reaffirmed my belief in manifesting my dreams, because this 365 til 30 goal is manifesting in a huge, exciting way and I am very thankful for it all!

Los Angeles-> Tucson-> White Sands -> Santa Fe -> Abiquiu -> Austin -> New Orleans -> Jackson -> Memphis -> Montgomery->

Saint Mary’s -> Savannah -> Charleston -> Wilmington

Here we come!


17 Mar

It’s starting to happen…I’m starting to loose sleep over the road trip because I am so damn excited about it!!! I seriously can’t stop thinking about it- I’m obsessed. I’ve already fallen in love with each city- I’m in love with the history, the restaurants, the hotels, the people, the food, the music….everything about this trip excites me. I simply can’t wait to be on the open road with Rachel! I’m so excited to write my way across the country.

 I’ve gone mad!! Why can’t it be April 12th yet?

Here are a few inspiration pictures (ok maybe a lot)

{Arizona Inn}

{Arizona Inn}

{White Sands, NM}

{Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe}

{Georgia O’Keefe Museum/ Santa Fe, NM}

{I guess I’m just hoping I see this!}

{Abiquiu Inn/ Abiquiu, NM}

{Ghost Ranch/ NM}

{Labyrinth at Ghost Ranch, NM}

{Barton Springs/ Austin, TX}

{Vintage shopping / Austin, TX}

{Degas House / New Orleans, LA}

{Galatoire’s / New Orleans, LA}

{Monteleone / New Orleans, LA}

{Preservation Hall / New Orleans }

{Dauphine Books / New Orleans}

{Blues City Cafe / Memphis}

{Cafe Du Monde / New Orleans}

{Martin Luther King Home / Memphis}

{F. Scott Fitzgerald House }

{wild horses on Cumberland Island}


8 Mar


(images via my pinterest account aka my insane obsession )

I have a confession…I’m falling in love with Tucson…through pictures! The colors…the dustballs…the old churches…the idea of wearing a cowboy hat!

Maybe Rachel and I should dress in theme for every city we visit on our road trip? Just saying.

Have any of you guys been to Tucson? Do you have any favorite restaurants, coffee shops, stores, bars, hotels, activities or anything else to share with us??