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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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, ACL, SXSW, and Pat Green. Oh yeah, and I would have loved to contribute to “Keep Austin Weird” in my own Minnesotan way.
Just outside of Dallas we encountered some stereo typical countryside that I imagine when I think of Texas.
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 😉
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!
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.
Missouri also treated us to our first signs of the changing leaves of fall!
The home state of my alma mater, Luther College, greeted us with more pretty fall colors!
Our destination of Minneapolis finally appears on the road signs in mid Iowa. I think we’re getting close!
We finally cross the border into Minnesota and are enveloped in a disiduous hug of a Minnesota tree canopy.
Ah, Minneapolis, there you are. We have arrived!