we drove to California from Philadelphia, that actually happened.

After another exciting night in Las Vegas we made our leave at

8:00 in the morning & headed for California.

But first, Gary needed a quick bath.

&& then we did it. We made it across the country.

Anyone want to try && pronounce that for me?
We made our way to go see the Sequoia Trees, but were unable to drive all the way up north to the park with the oldest tree in the country due to the time. It would have taken us 7 hours to drive there and we wouldn’t make it until after it got dark so we had to come up with something else. We instead compromised and chose to go to Sequoia National Monument which was only 3 hours away & we hoped for the best.
We stopped at this super cute, really tasty little restaurant inside of Sequoia National Park.
&& then continued our drive on in search of the monument.
Katie had to stop and pee.
AND THEN we found out we drove 3 and a half hours to see this..……
So, we continued on after Nuvi the GPS failed us again.
Then we made it. After driving 3 and a half pointless hours out of the way plus another 3 to make it to LA, we finally made it && are staying at this beautiful angels house. Thanks Beth + Susan (beth’s mom on the right)
Tomorrow, we explore LA.

time to relax and enjoy Las Vegas.

Currently we have driven 3,867.8 miles, && it was time for a break.

So we extended our stay in vegas an extra night so we didn’t have to get up at 9:00 and drive 7 hours to Sequoia. Naturally the first thing we did was order some room service for breakfast.

And then I got to hangout by the pool with my beautiful cousin Andrea and her 3 adorable little boys.

Then we decided to go to Whole Foods and get some groceries and cook dinner since we have been living on McDonalds the past few days.

After, we napped then got ready to go out to Tao in the Venetian.

Katie wanted to play the slots so naturally she picked the largest slot machine to shit down and play at.

She didn’t win.

Tomorrow we are off at 8:30 to drive 7 hours to Sequoia National Park. Back into the car for hours on end… wish us luck.

sunrise times two? Yes please.

After getting some sleep at the Knights Inn, we woke up and drove to see the Grand Canyon for the sunrise. We had to leave Willams, AZ at 2:30 to make it to the canyon for 4:30. As we drove in the dark and we got a glimpse of some reindeer! The southern rim of the Grand Canyon borders a National Forest that is home to bobcats and reindeer, just so you know because we didn’t until we ran into Rudolph.

We made it to the edge of the canyon && then it happened at 4:58, & it was amazing.

You can see the north star in the picture above and below.

After exploring for a while we decided we wanted another view of the canyon. We put the address for the SKYWALK in the GPS and was off. On the way we drove on route 66, was almost rammed by a bull and saw a sand storm.

After arriving at the Hualapai Indian Reservation, we had to drive

15 miles on an unpaved road through the grand canyon

to get to the skywalk.
Only to realize that only way to see the the canyon was to take a 2 hour bus tour from the reservation. We were crunched on time to get to vegas, so we bailed && the whole 4 hour detour to the SKYWALK was a waste. Oh, and also Gary got super dirty for driving 30 miles on unpaved road.
We left && didn’t look back on our failed attempt to see the canyon one more time. We arrived in Nevada around 14:00 and stopped to see the Hover Dam.

&& then we saw Las Vegas at last!

My amazing cousins Andrea & Brian totally set us up in the most beautiful suite in the Trump International Hotel. Who would have thought we would go from the one smiley face Extended-Stay bug infested hotel to a suite in Las Vegas in only 3 days. Thank you so much Andrea & Brian xoxo
Bath Time!!

Being a diva.

&& then we obviously napped for 5 hours the went out toSurrender at Encore

Hello sunrise second day in a row :)

Our path is set

Our path is set for our footsteps to follow. I cannot believe we leave in a couple of days!

So much left to do, so little time.

I added a picture our itinerary that I wrote down in my sketchbook journal. If anyone has any suggestions of where else to go or anything you can think of please let me know!