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Los Angeles, CA

I made it. Amazing.

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So after one giant day of driving +7 hours, I found myself back home to my smoggy, traffic filled city. It felt good. Damn good.

The great thing was that I did not get pulled over once during the trip. THANK GOD. Especially given that I lost my ID in Savannah. My lil' CR-V tacked on a total of 4739 miles throughout the trip, averaging to 158 miles/day. Not too shabby.

Mother's were kissed and siblings were hugged. Till next time ya'll!

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Flagstaff, AZ

Quaint

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Good ol' Flagstaff. I didn't expect to see so many young-in's here! I quickly learned that it's home to Northern Arizona University.

I had two nights booked at The L Motel (a small budget motel). The first night was spent stuffing my face at Chipotle and having frozen yogurt at YogurtU. The next morning was spent driving north to the Grand Canyon, where I took a quick hike along the South Kaibab Trail, down to Cedars Point and back. I ran into lots of wind, sweaty people and nervous mules. And was SO glad about bringing that 'extra' jug of water.

After accomplishing my morning hike, I decided to dash over to Sedona, which is about another hour south of Flagstaff. On my way to Sedona, I had to refuel at Chipotle and YogurtU once more... since I was going on hike number two of the day! I chose the Cathedral Rock trail, after some quick research on Trip Advisor.

Cathedral Rock was a great last-hurrah for my trip. The red mountains and views in Sedona were brilliant. I wouldn't hesitate to go back another day.

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Top of the hike. WHEW! It was basically a climb, not really a hike. Really steep.

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Spectacular views.

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End of the trail (and it marked the end of my trip!)

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A fellow hiker snapped a picture of me without me knowing, while I was sitting on a ledge enjoying the view. Isn't it neat? It looks like I have a hat on, but that's my arm shielding my eyes from the glaring sun.

She came up to me and said, "I think I have a picture you might like." Her name was Katya.

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Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Winnnnnnndddyyyy

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SOOOO WINDY. But gorgeous.

The Petrified Forest National Park sits just off the I-40 freeway, between Albuquerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ.

Here are some pretty pics I was able to snap.

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Albuquerque, NM

Breaking Bad galore

sunny 70 °F

Not bad Albuquerque, not bad at all. My host's house doubled as a 'micro-farm', so there were some unusual guests there to greet me upon arrival.

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Jack and Kristy

I lucked out and had a chance to book tickets to see The Pajama Men performing at the historic KiMo Theater. If you have a chance to see these guys, GO!

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A quick Google searched showed off a small Rattlesnake Museum. It was cheap, $4 bucks if I recall correctly, and full of lots of slithery serpents.

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Petroglyph National Monument. Most of these pictures were taken through my sunglasses. Their tint made the petroglyphs easier to spot!

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Albuquerque is also home to the Netflix series Breaking Bad, so I went nuts finding locations of familiar spots. If you haven't watched the show, these pictures won't mean much to you.

Gustavo Fring's house

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Gustavo's Laundromat

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Walter White's house.

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Car wash (they left my car squeaky clean!)

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Carlsbad, NM

An underground wonderland.

I didn't even think of visiting Carlsbad Caverns until my best bud gave me a ring while I was driving towards Albuquerque. He always wanted to see the caverns himself and suggested that I check it out, if time permitted.

The next day after getting a crappy nights rest in Fort Stockton, TX (yea I know, "where?"), I continued on towards Albuquerque. After three cups of coffee, a refill on gas and 2 hours worth of driving, I saw signs on the road for Carlsbad Caverns. I was itchy to get to Albuquerque and rest in a decent bed since last night's sleep in the car wasn't the best, but thought, "what the hell, when will I get the chance again?"

I'm so glad I stopped by for a few hours. My cell phone didn't do the greatest job of capturing the little light in the caverns.

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Descending into the cavern. There were little cave swallows flying in and out of the cavern entrance, and a creepy fog of dust rising up into the last remaining sunlight.

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