TX to CA. My astounding family was amazing in helping me make the move to the west coast. Driving across a desert for days isn't usually an idea of fun in most books. The Wild West has a rep for a reason.
My brother Chase and I left first, and my parents followed a day later. It was such a cool experience being able to road-trip with Chase all the way to my final destination. We stopped halfway in Flagstaff, AZ, and then the second day visited the Grand Canyon.
Chase and I had seen the Grand Canyon once before in high school, but seeing it at an older age was quite the experience. I had a deeper appreciation, and knowing that I had stood in that same spot, looking at the same wonder was such a weird feeling. It took my breath away just as fast as it did the first time. Pictures don't work and even my eyes didn't feel like they worked as I tried to gather how big it is. We tried to scale it and say, that's probably ten miles across, but even then who knows what ten miles actually looks like. So cool to take in such an amazing sight with my brother.
My parents arrived on the fourth of July. We unpacked alllllllll my stuff. How does one accumulate so much? When it seems like nothing? Moving is the worst. However between the team of four it moved relatively quickly, despite having to go up a couple flights of stairs.
After the unpacking event, we decided to go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA to check out "The Largest Fireworks Show West of the Mississippi."
And my goodness. Whoever said that was right.
No point in trying to explain it because it was like the Grand Canyon. Can't fit into words or pictures. But the experience of 40,000 people watching this fireworks show, with my family, in California, was chilling. It's so crazy how every event in your life lines up and puts you right where you are at the given moment. I was so fortunate to be able to share those memories with them. Also so fortunate to have them, period. I have the best support team, and I know that no matter what and no matter how many miles span between us, we love each other to the end of the universe and back. And nothing can change that.
xoxo, M. Kaitlin