Hello again. I posted on here this summer about a possible cross-country trip that I was going to take at the end of the summer. Well, the trip went through, and it was a great time. I just wanted to give a little summary of what we did.
My buddy and I drove from upstate New York all the way down to Florida to pick up my other friend. We stayed there for a couple of days and checked out Southern Florida. Then, we drove all the way to Gila National Forest in New Mexico. We left Southern Florida at 5 at night and made it to New Mexico at 9 o clock the next night. We drove very fast. I couldn't believe the speed limit in Texas is 80 at some points.
We made many stops along the way (believe it or not), spending substantial time in El Paso and San Antonio, which was an amazing city (can't say the same for El Paso). To those of you that have never been to Gila National Forest, it is absolutely amazing. We woke up early that next morning and, driving to the cliff dwellings through the park (about 25-30 miles), the morning fog was evident in the valley, making for a spectacular scene.
We stayed there for a long time, and then made our way to Silver City, New Mexico. It may not have been called Silver City, although I think it was. Then, from there, we drove to Phoenix. We took a scenic route to there, taking about 10 hours to get there. However, it was worth it, for the scenery that we drove through was just as nice as the Pacific Coast Highway. I don't know the road name. However, we drove through a beautiful part of New Mexico going north I think, and then entered Arizona and made our way southwest to Phoenix. We drove through some huge Canyon in Arizona. Very nice.
We made it into Phoenix at around 4 or 5 that afternoon. I didn't really like the actual downtown of Phoenix. However, the surrounding suburbs were very nice. We spent the night camping on some lake in rural Arizona, about 40 minutes out of Phoenix. It was a beautiful lake, right in the middle of a canyon.
The next morning, we drove all the way to L.A, stopping in Phoenix again and a couple other cities along the way (Blythe? I think it was called, and a couple small towns). We made it into LA that night at around 6 or 7. We got into our hotel, took a shower, and then went to Manhattan Beach and hung out there for a couple hours and swam and watched the people fish. Sick time. Then, we made our way into downtown LA and then to Sunset Boulevard to check out the nightlife. Next morning, we woke up and hung out in LA until about 5, checking out hollywood, sunset boulevard, compton, the hospital for me, compton, ect. I personally liked LA, although not alot of people do it seems for some reason. It had a cool vibe to it...i don't know.
We then drove on the PCH from Malibu (checking out Pepperdine) and made it all the way up to Morro Bay or something like that that night. We stopped in the cities along the way and checked out the beaches (Santa Monica I think and others). We slept on the beach that night and almost got arrested for something or another, but we got out of it (i won't go into it, unless anyone who ever reads this wants me to). We then woke up that next morning and stopped in Big Sur, some random little town, Carmel for a long time, Pebble Beach, Monterey, San Luis Obispo or San Simeon, ect.
I'll try and cut this short because I think i'm going on for too long. We made it into San Francisco that night and hung out tehre for that night, the next day, and a little bit of the next day, then drove to Sequoia (beautiful), drove to Las Vegas (had a bunch of random stuff happen there), drove to Hoover dam, drove to the Grand Canyon, Albuquerque, Dallas, New Orleans, and then back to Florida, dropped off the BMW, picked up the civic, and then drove back up to New York, stopping in washington DC and other places. Respond please...haha, if you want to