The Long Ride Home

Usually the ride/flight home after a trip can be a bit deflating. Gone is the excitement of looking forward to a new place and new experiences; thus one is likely to be either plain exhausted emotionally (physically too) or just sad that the vacation is over.

However, the long ride from Vegas to the San Francisco Bay Area is ..... long. Stretching the vacation time more compared to flying. Plus, I love road trips and I vowed to enjoy every single minute of the ride.

Sharing the driving chores did not materialize this time around. As we left Vegas, it was very breezy and gloomy. At some stretches of the road the wind was so strong our little hybrid was shaking. We could see in the distance what appeared to be dust storm. I was glad I didn't offer to drive the first shift.

It was a long drive, we had the dusty breezy patch, then there was drizzle and gloom and cold when we stopped for coffee, then beautiful blue skies close to home.

Here's what we saw and photographed along the road.


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PicMonkey Collage

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Did you feel like this post is as long as the drive from Vegas to the Bay Area was? I wouldn't blame you. I got carried away taking all those photos.



  1. oh man, that drive. Not much has changed in 40+ years. Still have family in Barstow, a nephew and his family. But if you ever get the chance, stop at that Bun Boy in Baker....scratch that. I just looked them up on yelp and they're closed! They got horrible reviews, too. Which truthfully I guess I'm not surprised, but they've been there forever, i think even before I was born. There was a Mad Greek in the town I grew up in and I ate there a lot in high school and college. But I've never tried alien jerky. Thanks for the 'ride' down memory lane.

  2. Looks like a fascinating if long drive. I love the landscapes and quite a collection of signs.

  3. Love all the signs. What do they inspect at California Inspection, I wonder?

  4. I love road trips! And the signs are all cool. I wish I could take more photos while on trips, but I am usually doing the driving.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  5. Really enjoyed the photos especially the signs.

  6. I love driving! And I love those signs!

  7. Thanks for the wonderful road trip ~ Great shots and some I remember from a road trip I took ~ thanks for the memories! OWT ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  8. I really like the scenery.

  9. Wonderful set of images. Nice collection of rad signs.

  10. Love the threee series. Great post!

  11. Your series made a great document ion of your drive. There are all sorts of interesting places wanting you to stop and get something!

  12. Great post, and great shots!
    Please come share here:

  13. I loved this post! Thanks for the memories! (And of course, you know I love roadtrips). We actually were talking the other day (during a long road day) about how we should go back to California one of these summers. It has been too long. And there are parts of Nevada too actually that we'd like to visit again. ....

    sigh, so many places .....


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