Road Trip Back to Cali (Part I)

Transitioning out of the Marine Corps is a crazy adventure, especially when you are traveling about 3,000 miles across the country!  Over the course of 11 days Megan and I hit up North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and last but not least California.  Here is just a glimpse of the wild ride..

Megan and I left Virginia in the dark on a Monday night, making our way down to the great state of Georgia in our new home– a Penske moving truck.

Once there, we stayed with the wonderful Lockhart family.  The combo of training with George and eating Heather’s amazing food made it a great stop.  We couldn’t have been more thankful for a warm cozy bed and friendly faces after our first full day on the road.  And check out George’s awesome parking skills!  “Centimeters!”

Next stop NASHVILLE, TN!  After a few hours on the road, we made it to Nashville just in time to check out the nightlife.  This picture was taken in Layla’s Bluegrass Inn where license plates from all across the country hang from the ceiling.  Another favorite was Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

Nashville is definitely one of the most beautiful cities we have ever seen, and the people are just too sweet.  If you’re ever there for breakfast check out the Loveless Cafe.  Their hashbrowns are amazing!

Up next was Memphis, TN!  We made a quick stop at Gus’s Fried Chicken for some Southern cooking.

After Memphis Megan and I had a looong drive to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  We didn’t get to see any of Arkansas since it was dark out, but we were definitely grateful for all of the Love’s Gas Stations that kept us fueled with coffee and energy drinks!  And there are some pretty interesting items for sale in the rest stops along the way, like this sweet hat..

In Oklahoma we were lucky enough to stay with our good friend, Taylor Hood, and her super sweet and welcoming family.  (Who knew that Oklahomans had Southern accents?!)  Taylor took us to her favorite Mexican restaurant and gave us the grand tour of her hometown.  Since we were just minutes from downtown Oklahoma City, we visited the Capitol Building, which is really astonishing inside.

See more about our visit in the Sooner State and the journey to Cali in Part II below!

Kelsey De Santis

Author: Kelsey De Santis

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