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Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Adventure & Travel | 2 comments

A South to North Road Trip: Photo Journey

 

Last October I drove approximately 1500 miles from south Texas to Minnesota.  It only took me 3 days and I drove the bulk of the miles during days 2 and 3 (1200 miles)!  Limited time and money prevented me from exploring much further than the interstate, but here are some of the photos that I was able to snap on my journey.  Enjoy!

 

Road trip companion extraordinaire.

Road trip companion extraordinaire.

My co-pilot and traveling companion.  Due to her lack of opposable thumbs and other such variables, I was forced to take on the lion’s share of the navigating.

South Texas

South Texas

Our journey began in South Texas, just across the 2 mile long Queen Isabella Causeway and South Padre Island.  We traversed the Texas Tropical Trail through many interesting towns and beach themed souvenir shops.  Mexican restaurants were also plentiful.

Don't mind the bugs on the windshield :/

Don’t mind the bugs on the windshield :/

Five hours into our drive brought us to our first stop in the Hill Country of Texas just outside of San Antonio.  Beautiful bluffs, aren’t they? This part of Texas is well known for a lot of things and the few that I am most familiar with are country legend, Willie Nelson, Luckenbach, San Antonio River Walk, and wine.

God's country, no?

God’s country, no?

See?  Wine.

Itinerary: Day Two

Itinerary: Day Two

Day two was an ambitious one as I aimed to drive 600 and some miles from the Hill Country of Texas all the way to Wichita, Kansas. Alright then, let’s get started!

Hill Country of Texas

Hill Country of Texas

The morning of day two had some of the most beautiful scenery to me because I’m more into two lane country roads than I am in to city driving.  Although you can’t see the sunrise in these photos, trust me, it was one to remember!

Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg is a cute little town with adorable boutiques and wineries that sell wine-o-ritas that can be carried from shop to shop (My kind of shopping!).  They have quite a bit of German heritage and I love the saying on the website, “German Heritage.  Texan Hospitality.”  If you ever have the chance to visit, I strongly encourage you to do so and check in to one of their many cozy B & Bs.

Hello SXSW and ACL!

Hello SXSW and ACL!

Our trip through Austin was uneventful but we would have loved to stay longer because we’ve heard that there is some cool shit there, right?  Like, Matthew Mcconaughey, ACLSXSW, and Pat Green.  Oh yeah, and I would have loved to contribute to “Keep Austin Weird” in my own Minnesotan way.

Red barn

Red barn

Just outside of Dallas we encountered some stereo typical countryside that I imagine when I think of Texas.

Oklahoma bluffs

Oklahoma bluffs

Crossing the border into Oklahoma was a pleasant surprise with several scenic outlook rest stops and majestic bluffs.  I am however somewhat disappointed that I didn’t get an Oklahoma Hello ;)

Sunset

Sunset

Kansas made us feel really special when it greeted us with this gorgeous sunset just as we were crossing the border into the state.  Thank you, Kansas!

Missouri

Missouri

The morning of day three greeted us with uber foggy conditions and limited visibility.  We were up early since we stayed in a hotel that was the epitome of a dive and we were eager to get back on the road.  Turns out that there was a convention in Wichita and all the rooms were taken; except for the Roach Coach that we stayed in, of course.

Crossing the border into Missouri was a bit of a sight with this imposing bridge straddling the state lines.

Fall colors!

Fall colors!

Missouri also treated us to our first signs of the changing leaves of fall!

Iowa

Iowa

The home state of my alma mater, Luther College, greeted us with more pretty fall colors!

Minneapolis!

Minneapolis!

Our destination of Minneapolis finally appears on the road signs in mid Iowa.  I think we’re getting close!

MN trees welcome us.

MN trees welcome us.

We finally cross the border into Minnesota and are enveloped in a disiduous hug of a Minnesota tree canopy.

The city.

The city.

Ah, Minneapolis, there you are.  We have arrived!

2 Comments

  1. Be sure to post reverse pictures when you return to Texas. The reverse trip should provide some spectacular winter vistas. Including a picture of the outside temperature.

    • Now there’s an idea that I hadn’t really thought of. But if it isn’t a nice snow storm I think that the midwest is just going to look cold and grey. :( I’ll snap some photos on my way and see how they turn out. Stay tuned, it might be a future post! :)

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