We’ve been living in San Ramon for one full week now and I’m finally getting around to catching up on my google reader, pinterest and blogging; it’s been a crazy, busy week!
The day before our big move my parents, grandparents and Mark’s mom along with nephew Logan came out to Austin to help us pack and to see us off. Thank goodness they did because it would have taken us forever to arrange all of our boxes in that tiny, little truck by ourselves. We rented the smallest U-haul possible along with an auto transport trailer for the Jetta; I was wondering what kind of state representation would be on the side of our truck and thankfully it wasn’t anything too weird…just a red panda.
I was a little nervous about driving with the trailer but thanks to the huge side mirrors it was actually pretty easy. There was one small inconvenience about the truck though…it only had a radio, no CD player or audio input of any kind. So we bought an outlet converter and the cheapest CD player we could find just so we could listen to Bill Bryson’s audio book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Instagram became my mode of photo-sharing along the trip.
During the first few hours of our drive we were surrounded by a sea of bluebonnets. I’m glad that I got to see and smell them one last time before leaving Texas.
We stayed the first night in Las Cruces, New Mexico with one of my high school besties and her hubby.
Once we made it into Arizona the next day we were greeted by the Saguaro cacti. Our original plan was to head north and visit the Grand Canyon but with the weather advisory showing a high of 32 and a 70% chance of snow in that area we decided to skip it this time around. Ironically, we still had to drive through some fluffy snow and wintery mix for a couple hours anyway.
After staying the night in San Bernardino we hopped onto the 5 and headed north through the valley. All along the way we passed by fields of oranges, lemons, grapes and almonds speckled with colorful boxes of bees busy with their pollinating.
We arrived in San Ramon early in the afternoon on day three and quickly unloaded the truck. By far, the best part of our new place is the view from our balcony. We’re still getting settled but we’ve already done some major painting and furniture searching so it’s starting to feel more and more like home every single day :)