Guess who’s back (back back) back again! Not Slim Shady…me!
Ben and I landed back in Massive chew sits on Wednesday and were greeted by a screaming crowd which included both my mom and my dad. It feels great to be back in the land of milky Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and honey.
A recap of the final few weeks of our trip:
After hiking in Da ‘Yo (my pet name for Yosemite) we drove through the Mojave Desert to Prescott, AZ, where it was 108* and dehydrated ourselves jerky-style for four days. Arizona is a place that is both cool and extremely hot. I don’t think I could ever live in a place so dry and toasty for fear of moulting my skin off like a lizard, BUT we had fun riding mountain bikes through the desert and seeing the Grand Canyon.
Next we drove to Moab, UT, where we spent the fourth o’ July with my pal Liz. We hiked in Arches National Park, which was my favorite spot of the whole trip. Ginormous arches made of stone! What’s not to like? Here’s a picture of Ben and me standing in Delicate arch looking like little bugs.
We hot tailed it out of Utah and stopped in Albuquerque for a night (just long enough to meet a fabulous chick named Natalie and stop at La Montanita Co-op for some vegan car snacks). The next day was our longest day of driving the whole trip: 12 hours through western Texas. BLARGH. It was worth it, though, when we rolled into Austin. There we ate some righteous noms at Counter Culture, and Bouldin Creek Cafe and sipped my FAVORITE booch to date(!): Kosmic Kombucha.The Salty Dog (grapefruit, lime, lemon, orange, ginger, agave and sea salt) MAY OR MAY NOT have changed my life.
After Austin we shoved off to Dallas, where we celebrated my birthday with my aunt Michele and uncle Pete. Many delicious noms were had (most notable was Spiral Diner & Bakery! ALL OF THE YUMS). We waved goodbye to Texas and headed to New Orleans, which was another one of my very favorite stops. New Orleans is like a combination of French/European influence meets the laid-back vibe and climate of the Caribbean. We ate more bomb food (I’m pretty pleased with myself that this was a walk away point of the whole trip) and walked around until we were very, very sweaty. We saw my cousin Jasper and my dear, dear friend Sasha Bird!
We hot-footed it up the east coast, stopping in Asheville, NC for one night, driving through the Smokies, and Washington DC for a night to stay with the lovely and always squirmy Chaltain family. We capped off the trip with a night in Larchmont, NY, then drove through the pouring rain until we reached Boston. Home sweet home! It was an incredible journey and I’ll be posting more pictures as I get my act together to upload them. I look forward to sharing recipes I picked up along the way and news as Ben and I settle into our new life in Boston!