Golden skies, pink clouds, salt in the air, and a wispy fall breeze that blew dust in our faces. Our first day on the trip was off to a rough start when our car broke down on a long gravel road with no street lights and barely a few cars passing through. After realizing we had no service and no way of communication with AAA, we conquered our greatest fear. The winds were blowing dust in our faces as Nic and I nervously stuck our thumbs out as a few cars whizzed in the middle of the night. Finally we got picked up by a nice couple on their way to San Bernardino. They laughed and told us they were scared when we got in the car, but realized we must have been scared as well. They were sweethearts and dropped us off at our Airbnb where we had service to call the car service and a taxi to go back to the car. Our taxi driver, Rachel was a gem. She told us about her dreams and passions of building a sustainable cob house. She told us about her friend Squishy, the other taxi driver in town that also happened to be her friend of 16 years. She talked the entire time, and we left feeling grateful and a bit more inquisitive about the world. After we got our car fixed, we drove back to the Airbnb and slept with a warm cat, the smell of a pumpkin candle in the air, and a stronger faith in humanity. It’s been three days in, and the car breaking down has been my favorite part of it all. Couldn’t have done it without the humor and calmness of @nicholasram
📍Tomorrow we head to Oregon, I say bring it on.