Last month, my husband and I decided we wanted to see the Grand Canyon. This was a little bit fueled by the fact that two of the characters in my favorite tv show took a similar trip and it reminded me that it is in fact possible to get to the west side of the country by car.
Last week, we packed up my Yaris and left. We saw a lot of cool stuff along the highway, a lot of western landscape (so flat!) and, of course, the Grand Canyon. The canyon was honestly dizzying to look at; my brain couldn't understand that sort of distance.
There was a lot to see along the way, including the worlds largest rocking chair and a plaza that had fudge, candy, burlesque shows, and a dinosaur. The highway is an odd place for sure. In Texas I saw my first tumbleweed, which was extremely exciting, and in Sedona they keep their lights low enough at night that you can see the stars.
If you want to make this fun journey yourself sometime, I have a few tips that helped us get through being in the car for pretty much 5 days straight.
-We brought a bag of apples, a couple packs of cans of V8, a bag of carrots, a bunch of bananas, a container of peanutbutter and a 2.5 gallon container of water. I'm telling you, nothing tastes better than some V8 when you've been eating fast food all day. Sweet nutrients.
-We brought a ton of music and podcasts. It takes about 26 hours each way to get to the canyon and back. Stock your mp3 player accordingly.
-We drove through as much of Oklahoma in the dark as we could so we wouldn't have to look at it. (Kidding! Sort of...)
By the end of our trip back, we had both sort of forgotten what it was like to not be in a car. If we went west again, which we fully plan to, we would definitely plan to spend about 2 weeks on our trip so we could chill out and spend time in different cities. But people voice regrets all the time about how they didn't see enough of the world before their job got hectic, they had kids, what have you, so we figured now was better than never.