crossing a continent

This post has been a long time in the making- 3000 miles, 11 states, 1000 photos, and about two buckets of coffee, to be exact.
A month ago, my mom and I set out on a cross country road trip, from Boise, Idaho to South Florida. Here are some pieces of our journey. 

Beautiful, icy Wyoming.

Beautiful, icy Wyoming.

First sunset on the road, and it didn't disappoint.

First sunset on the road, and it didn't disappoint.

We woke up in Cheyenne the first morning to a winter wonderland and dreamy theater across the street from us.

We woke up in Cheyenne the first morning to a winter wonderland and dreamy theater across the street from us.

Dashboard map hangs. 

Dashboard map hangs. 

Missouri showing off it's fall colors in December.

Missouri showing off it's fall colors in December.

With a little convincing on my part and a lucky condo rental, we spent two nights in Nashville to get a taste of the city. It turns out I love that city, and will undoubtedly be back.

A secret garden in Nashville.

A secret garden in Nashville.

These two stepped out of a leather working shop for a break, and I just knew I had to catch their smiling faces. When they saw me approach they thought I was lost and kindly offered directions. I awkwardly asked for a photo instead and they laughed and obliged. Thanks for being real nice and smiley, Music City.

These two stepped out of a leather working shop for a break, and I just knew I had to catch their smiling faces. When they saw me approach they thought I was lost and kindly offered directions. I awkwardly asked for a photo instead and they laughed and obliged. Thanks for being real nice and smiley, Music City.

Our road crew- Me, me mom, and her camera-shy pup Augustus. We loved the Fall weather after passing through so much snow!

Our road crew- Me, me mom, and her camera-shy pup Augustus. We loved the Fall weather after passing through so much snow!

From Nashville we headed into the deep South. 

From Nashville we headed into the deep South. 

One of many cotton fields we passed in Alabama. The stalks look like miniature trees with clouds all about the branches.

One of many cotton fields we passed in Alabama. The stalks look like miniature trees with clouds all about the branches.

We stayed a night in North Florida with a sweet brother of my mom's. He lives on a few acres in the country, nestles among these pretty spindly trees.

We stayed a night in North Florida with a sweet brother of my mom's. He lives on a few acres in the country, nestles among these pretty spindly trees.

Farm dogs doing their farm dog thing. 

Farm dogs doing their farm dog thing. 

My uncle Robert in his little home. He served us scrambled eggs straight from the hen house for breakfast before we went on our way.

My uncle Robert in his little home. He served us scrambled eggs straight from the hen house for breakfast before we went on our way.

We stopped at a natural fresh water spring on our way down central Florida. This is a hang out for manatees during colder temps, but we didn't get to see them that day. And yes, the water truly is that color! The place was magical.

We stopped at a natural fresh water spring on our way down central Florida. This is a hang out for manatees during colder temps, but we didn't get to see them that day. And yes, the water truly is that color! The place was magical.

Always map checking.

Always map checking.

Not our ride, but lovely.

Not our ride, but lovely.

After a week of driving, digging our feet into the sand for the first time felt like pure bliss. It was then it sunk in that we had arrived!

Our priority during our time in Florida was family. We spent lots of day laughing and reconnecting with relatives and friends, and enjoyed lots of meals and Christmas movies.
Just an hour south in Miami, Art Basel was going on during my visit, so we took a few days to explore the countless events, exhibits, and  street artists who came in from all over the world. 

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Maddy, workin that wall. She's a great friend, and was my Miami guide for a day! She took me to the best little galleries and restaurants.

Maddy, workin that wall. She's a great friend, and was my Miami guide for a day! She took me to the best little galleries and restaurants.

This was a trip for the books. There's a lot of beauty in this country of ours, and I'm so thankful I got to experience it with my mom. We made it over snowy mountain passes, through map misreads, early mornings, and fifty hours in the car together. And we still like each other! 
As for Florida, I hope to see you soon. There's a lot of people and beaches who have bits of my heart there. 
Mom- thanks for the ride and endless photo stops and laughs. Here's to next time! 

For the sake of authenticity and for the memories, here's an iphone snap of our road crew. 

For the sake of authenticity and for the memories, here's an iphone snap of our road crew.