“Our road trip started in Banning, CA where we chased cars down the freeway to Las Vegas, NV and watched the sun rise from our hotel balcony after a trippy night in “the city of sin”. We all wore matching Hawaiian shirts and I won eighty bucks from a dollar in a slot machine.

From Vegas we drove through the Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon, AZ and stayed in the sweetest little Western town called Williams where I ate the best cherry pie I’ve ever had.

We took empty desert roads through Arizona to reach Moab, UT which was probably my favourite destination of the trip. Each day we hiked around the orange rocks and looked out across the most beautiful and imposing landscapes I’d ever seen. We stumbled upon an oasis in Arches, Moab in the middle of the desert which was filled with curved rocks and a sand which was similar to the colour and texture of the dust in a packet of Kraft Mac and Cheese.

After a brief stop-over in Salt Lake City, the most unsettling place I’ve ever been to, we reached our campsite in Yellowstone National Park. On my 20th birthday we saw Old Faithful geyser burst into the air, wild buffalo in the forests and deep pools of hot springs that were the most beautiful shades of blue.

After some time in the wilderness we drove all the way to Portland, OR for some time in the city. After meeting the coolest old man, the owner of a vintage clothing store in the city, we were told to visit the Portland Rose Garden at sunset where I bought my first snow cone. We then followed the road back down into California where we stayed in a foggy San Francisco. We watched fire-crackers explode in the street on the 4th of July and walked off our hangovers on the Golden Gate Bridge the next day.

On our return to California we visited Joshua Tree National Park where we spent the last of our holiday laying on rocks and warming ourselves in the desert sun once again.

At the end of our road trip we drove to LA and stayed for a few nights in Hollywood, and followed the walk of fame until we found Nicolas Cage’s star. From the Griffith Observatory we could see the vastness of the city below us and had a hard time saying goodbye to each other back at the airport.

On this road trip I saw and experienced some magnetic cities and stunning places of natural beauty and I will never forget the time I had with my friends, with the help of these photos.”

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