Tuesday, November 29, 2016

We made it to Texas!

We left Albuquerque and drove into the night. Konrad woke up and we stopped at a gas station that had a car museum. A perfect stop if you ask Konrad. He loved seeing all the cars and toys on display. He was a little disappointed that he wasn't allowed to play with the toys though. 

We found a hotel in Amarillo Texas. After a nice hotel breakfast we headed to Cadillac Ranch and looked at the vintage Cadillacs buried in the ground. Jeff left our signature on one of the cars. 

It was very windy and cold that morning so Konrad and I tried to stay warm. 

We hopped back into the car and drove to Lubbock and checked out the Buddy Holly Museum. Konrad liked the construction vehicles the best. 

We MADE IT! We finally made it to Austin Late Friday night. Our journey took 5 days. 
On Saturday we found an apartment and now our new life in Austin can begin. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Arizona and New Mexico

Our road trip continues and we made it to Flagstaff Arizona. We started with some fun play at the local library (forgot to take pictures) and then we headed to a coffeeshop for a little fun break.  

We had dinner at a little burger place that had amazing burgers before we continued on our trip towards a hotel for the night. 

We made it to Albuquerque New Mexico late and found a hotel. The next morning we went to explore the town for breakfast. Konrad managed to lose a shoe. We never found it so he became the kid that ran around with one shoe. After a while he ditched the other shoe and socks as well.

We can almost see Texas. So close, we are almost there!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Santa Barbara and Route 66

We drove to Santa Barbara during Konrad's nap and we got there at lunchtime. Santa Barbara is a beautiful town and we found a cute Italian restaurant for some lunch. The restaurant was in an alley so Konrad could run around a little while we ate. 

For Fika (Swedish word for dessert and coffee) we had amazing Gelato ice-cream and Coffee. I think Konrad ate more of my Gelato than I did. 

We let Konrad lead the way for the exploring until dinner time when we met up with our friend Gabriela. She's going to University of Santa Barbara so it was nice to be able to see her on our drive through the city. 

After our amazing dinner we had a long 8hr drive ahead of us to Flagstaff Arizona. We didn't quite make it all the way as planned because Konrad woke up and decided he didn't want to sit in the carseat anymore. We found a hotel slept and played a little then we headed for the road again. 

For second breakfast/early lunch Kornad wanted to stop (i.e. didn't want to sit in the car any longer) at Roadkill Cafe along Route 66. This place looked like a movie prop and check out the size of the water glass! Food was good and we put Konrad in Jail before we headed towards flagstaff. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Roadtripping to Austin

We said our goodbyes in California on a Monday evening and started our journey towards Austin. We had planned out a few key stops along the way but traveling with a almost 2 year old in the car we knew we had to keep our options open. So we did not prebook any hotels for our 5 days on the road. The trip was about 1750 miles long (2816km) so we knew we were in for an adventure. 

Our first leg of driving was 3.5 hours to San Louis Obisbo. Konrad did great in the car. He fell asleep almost right away and slept almost the entire way. He woke up when we had about an hour or so left of driving. We stopped at the nearest truckstop for a quick snack and then we spent a long time of looking at all the sleeping Big Trucks. Konrad loves loves loves big trucks. So he was so mesmerized by being able to see all the trucks up close. After about 45 min of running around we finally convinced him to get back in the car so we could get to a hotel. 
It was already after midnight when we found a hotel in San Louis Obispo. We had packed the travel bed for Konrad but we where so tired that I just laid Konrad on the spare queen bed and Jeff rolled the sheets up so Konrad had a barrier around him. He didn't fall out of bed and we questioned why we even bother packing the pack’n’play. From that point we made sure to ask for a room with two beds so Konrad could have his own. 

We went to downtown San Louis Obispo for breakfast and so Jeff could show us bubblegum alley. A very gross and bubblegum smelling alley with so much gum stuck to the walls that it's several inches thick. Konrad wanted to touch it all but Jeff distracted him. 

We went for second breakfast at the Madonna Inn. This place is famous for all their kitsch and their unique hotel rooms that are all decorated differently. Once our bellies were full we walked around on the property and looked at the their horses and farm equipment. So far Konrad hasn't complained, although all we had done during our stops is to look at big machines. 

Next stop is Santa Barbara.