I didn’t think I was driving at too frenetic a pace, if anything, most of the drive was pretty relaxing, except for some parts where I was dangerously sleepy and took micro-naps on the side of the highway. I probably spent more money than I should, but this is a pretty rare opportunity to drive across the country. I took a coworker’s advice to drive no more than 600 miles a day, so the whole trip took around 9 days or so. I think the stints from Omaha to Denver and Denver to Salt Lake were one of the most amazing drives, it’s too bad I didn’t have the luxury of time or endurance to make more detours, whether up to Sioux City or Chimney Rock. I did indulge and go to Arches National Park, which added an extra 4 hours or so for the leg from SLC to Las Vegas.
Having been in SF for nearly a week, I’m still not sure how to make this feel like home. Everything feels so..suburban, but I also have Manhattan/NYC as the default template for a ‘city’ in my brain. Though seeing the green of GG Park, the Presidio, and the mountains north with the Golden Gate Bridge peaking through almost makes up for it.