Well everyone, I am happy to say that I officially live in California. It feels so crazy to say out loud and it even feels crazy to type it. It's a good crazy though. Honestly, I am just so thankful that I'm not having feelings of doubt or second guessing my decision to make the move out here, at least not right now. Last update I gave you was when I was in Lincoln, Nebraska after my mom and I finished our first leg of the road trip. I figured today I would let you know first that I made it, and then fill you in a bit about the rest of the drive.
So after our night in Nebraska, we got up bright and early to begin our next full day in the car. We didn't have an exact ending location picked out that day so we figured we would just drive until we didn't want to drive anymore. This ended up being a very long day in the car. I think we drove for around 13 hours, but we ended up making it all the way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Unfortunately it was totally dark by the time we were driving in because I could tell it would have been some pretty scenery to take in. Anyways, after switching back and forth driving, coloring when it wasn't my turn, and finishing the Serial podcast, overall we had a pretty decent day in the car even though emotions and irritability were on the rise by the time we got out of the car.
The next morning we let ourselves sleep in just a bit and then we started making our way to Reno, Nevada. After taking a look at the rest of our course, we saw we could either have another really long day in the car (which we could not imagine doing) or we could split the remaining miles between two days and make the traveling a little easier. We obviously opted for extending the road trip which I think was definitely the best decision. We needed some time out of the car, some fresh air and just physical activity in general, and it just so happened that Reno was a logical stopping point.
Oh Reno, thanks for having me but you won't be seeing me again.
I don't know if any of you have ever been to Reno but I would go ahead and say it doesn't need to be on your travel bucket list. No offense to Reno, but it is struggling a bit in the classy department and it doesn't make you feel totally safe, but nonetheless we made the most of it. We stayed at a ridiculous hotel called Circus Circus, casino hopped, and I gambled (played slot machines) for the first time ever. And let me tell you, they have slot machines for everyone. Can't say Kitty Glitter was a big money maker for me but I also can't say I was surprised. In the end it was a fun night with my mom, but I can't say I was sad to leave the next morning.
So the next day was Friday and all we had left was a measly four hour drive and we pulled into my Aunt and Uncles driveway. They live just outside of San Francisco and have agreed to be my temporary roommates until I find a place within the city. Needless to say I am feeling very thankful for their generosity right now because it is going to make my official move into the city so much easier. Now that I am here I am going to spend my time getting to know my new city, (hopefully!) starting work soon, finding a place, and soaking in the California sunshine. Since arriving on Friday we've been busy spending time with family which is another big priority right now.
Instead of worrying about work, housing and all of the other details, I'm trying to remind myself that everything will fall into place when and where it is meant to. I can only do so much, and the rest is out of my control, so right now, I just want to let myself feel happy. Happy that I'm taking a chance, starting a new chapter, and giving myself the opportunity to open new doors to the unknown. I'll update you soon after I get a chance to really start exploring my new home, but until then just know that I am happy. A little scared/nervous/anxious and restless, but mainly, I'm just happy.