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A long time ago in a country far, far away...

Back in the day when we lived in America, we took almost the entirety of our annual leave for 2013 to embark on an epic road trip from our home in Colorado Springs to California and back - a total of more than 3,560 miles round-trip. We did a lot of research, planned the route and activities, and saved our pennies for a year before the journey began.


The holiday was magnificent despite some American-style Defcon 1-level work strife stalking Blake for the entirety of the trip. Looking back, there were some fantastic places and adventures. These were originally captured in a 2013 blog on another website. It didn't quite work out as we'd hoped and quickly became lost in the internet's sea of everything.


So here we are in 2021 enduring another pandemic lockdown in Scotland; what better time to revisit a delightful trip full of mountains, driving, deserts, world-class cities, some more driving, stunning art, gorgeous coasts, further driving, exquisite food, Yoda, are we done driving yet?, surrealkitschyfilthyrichdesertoasisofhell cities (that means you, Las Vegas), driving through scary forest fires at night, unrivalled ancient cities, and finally some driving.


Below are some images we've revisited from the trip plus links to the original blog pages. It's best to navigate the blog via the links below, as the pages on the previous site run backwards. Once you are on the pages, you can click on the images to enlarge.


Looking through the blog pages today, we each talked about doing some new drawings from the photographs. Maybe.


We hope you find the post enjoyable.


Sarah and Blake



Day 1: Colorado Springs, Colorado to Green River, Utah: http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-1-colorado-springs-to-green-river.html

Sego Canyon, Utah, 2013

Image: Blake Milteer



Day 2: Green River, Utah to Ely, Nevada:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-2-green-river-utah-to-ely-nevada.html

Goblin Valley, Utah, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer


Day 3: Ely, Nevada to South Lake Tahoe, California:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-3-ely-nevada-to-south-lake-tahoe.html

Lake Tahoe, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer


Day 4: South Lake Tahoe, California to Yosemite National Park, California:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-4-south-lake-tahoe-california-to.html

At Lake Tenaya, Yosemite National Park, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer


Day 5: Yosemite National Park:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-5-yosemite-national-park.html

Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer


Day 6: Yosemite National Park:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-6-yosemite-national-park-20th.html

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, 2013

Image: Blake Milteer


Day 7: Yosemite National Park to San Francisco, California:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-7-yosemite-national-park-to-san.html

Dutch Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 2013

Image: Blake Milteer


Day 8: San Francisco to Tomales Bay and back again:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-8-san-francisco-to-tomales-bay-and.html

From Cliff House, San Francisco, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer



Day 9: San Francisco:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-9-san-francisco.html

Sam, San Francisco, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer


Day 10: San Francisco:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-10-san-francisco.html

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 2013

Image: Blake Milteer



Day 11: San Francisco to Carpinteria, California:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-11-san-francisco-to-carpinteria.html

Pacific Ocean, 2013

Image: Blake Milteer



Day 12: Carpinteria to Los Angeles and back again:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-12-carpinteria-to-los-angeles-and.html

Kenny, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer



Day 13: Carpinteria, California to Las Vegas, Nevada:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-13-carpinteria-california-to-las.html

Carpinteria, California, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer



Day 14: Las Vegas, Nevada to Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, Arizona:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-14-las-vegas-nevada-to-grand-canyon.html

Las Vegas, Nevada, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer



Day 15: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona to Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-15-grand-canyon-national-park-north.html

Sunrise from Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona, 2013

Image: Blake Milteer



Day 16: Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs, Colorado:

http://sarahandblake20years.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-16-mesa-verde-national-park-to.html

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, 2013

Image: Sarah Milteer




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