Forty-Five days ago I said goodbye to San Diego. I said goodbye to the place where my husband and I first moved in together. I said goodbye to the place where Aria hit so many mile stones like rolling, crawling, talking, sleeping in her own bed and bedroom. The place where my son was born. The place where I had many sleepless nights as my husband was deployed away from home. The place where I have so many amazing memories. I absolutely loved living in San Diego. I left a piece of my heart there and I’ll cherish it forever.
Moving half way across the country is not easy and traveling with kids makes it just a little more fun. For those who don’t know, my husband is in the United States Navy and forty five days ago we left San Diego on an adventure to our new home in Texas. As time got closer and we started to plan out our trip, we decided to turn that long drive into an adventurous road trip making many stops. We drove through Arizona and New Mexico to get to Texas.
Leaving California making our way through Arizona, we decided our first stop should be Bearizona followed by the Grand Canyon. Since they’re only 30-60 minutes away from each other, it worked out perfectly. Bearizona was an awesome experience! For those who have little ones, it’s definitely a must see if you’re in Arizona. We went on a 30-40 minute car drive through the park as animals walked right up to our car.After our car drive through the park, there is another section you can walk through to see more animals. And no we weren’t prepared for the snow.. hence the reason we are in short sleeve shirts. But surprisingly it wasn’t too cold over at Bearizona. Bearizona is an awesome spot! I’d love to take my babies again once Zae gets older.
The Grand Canyon was our next stop from Bearizona. It is one place that is hard to put into words to truly describe it. The Grand Canyon definitely is a breathtaking experience. My husband said “if I looked at a picture of the Grand Canyon and I looked at the real thing, it’s almost the same feeling” meaning it doesn’t feel real. But it was a beautiful experience! It made me realize how beautiful this world truly is. It was an amazing experience and after living in Arizona my whole life basically, I can finally check the Grand Canyon off my bucket list. Aria thought it was cool seeing animals walk near us too. Our first night we crashed in a hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. As the sun rose in the morning, we were already off to our next stop. Did you know there is a meteor creator in Arizona? I didn’t.. Winslow, Arizona to be exact, just outside of flagstaff. I had no idea and it was one of my husbands stops. Not that I never wanted to but I never imagined myself standing next to a meteor creator. It was so cool! Need tips on how to travel with a toddler? What saved us were snacks, her little toys and movies. Lots and lots of movies. Oh, and frequent stops. Aria and Zae both needed to get out of their car seats to stretch and get some fresh air. Making all these stops helped us a lot, plus we were able to see so many different places.
After we stopped at the meteor creator, our next destination was Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city of hot air balloons. I wish it was the season for their hot air balloon festival, that would have been so cool to see but we went to the next best thing, the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. It was really neat learning the history of hot air balloons and all the different ways people used to use them.
We had fun here and we definitely made the most out of that visit so that the kids had fun too. After the museum we enjoyed lunch at Texas Road House, one of my favorite places. Then headed off to Santa Rosa, NM to crash for the night and wake up early for more fun stops.
Along our 3 night 4 day journey to Texas, we drove along the famous Route 66. There were many historic land marks and towns we drove through and stopped at. One of my husbands favorite stops of the trips was at the Route 66 Auto Museum. My husband grew up loving cars and the racing scene because his pop drove dragsters. So naturally we stopped at an auto museum. It was actually really cool! I love looking at old vintage stuff.It was a neat spot! So many awesome vintage cars and tons of vintage items surrounding the cars on the outer walls. If you’re a car lover like my husband and you find yourself near Santa Rosa New Mexico, definitely check this museum out!
Before we left Santa Rosa, New Mexico, I wanted to see the Santa Rosa Blue Hole. The water was so clear and blue. Wish we could have swam inside the water!
From New Mexico to Texas. We finally made it. Our first stop in Texas was the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. It was so cool! We missed it and drove right past it at first, it’s a small spot right off the highway. Aria and I went to explore the cars and take pictures. There were TONS of spray cans all around the cars. People bring their own cans and leave them for the next person. I think the Cadillac Ranch was my favorite stop on the trip. It was so cool.
Hanging out at the Cadillac Ranch and all the driving, we worked up an appetite and stopped for lunch. Texas has some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had! We ate lunch at The Big Texan Steak House. It was bomb! We had so much fun on our adventurous road trip from San Diego to Texas. After we ate dinner at the Big Texan Steak House, we drove straight to our final destination, Fort Worth, Texas. We’ve been here for about two months now and we love it! The people are so nice, the state is so pretty and everything is bigger in Texas.