First stop was beautiful downtown Greenville, South Carolina.
Day two, we took a slight detour to see Stone Mountain outside Atlanta before heading to Mobile, AL for a delicious dinner of shrimp boil at the Shrimp Basket.
Day three, we strolled the grounds of the beautiful Oak Alley Plantation situated by the mighty Mississippi River before heading to Beaumont, Texas for the night.
Day four, we told ourselves we have to experience a Buc-ee's before leaving Texas. So, we ate lunch at the Buc-ee's before heading into San Antonio, TX to see the Alamo and the Riverwalk. In my opinion, Buc-ee's is much more interesting than the Riverwalk. We ended the day with a wonderful meal at the Saltgrass Steak House and learning about the Saltgrass Trail.
Day six started off with a visit to Carlsbad Caverns (sadly, the elevators were not in operation) with short climb down into the cavern to the bat area of the cave. And then after walking back out of the cave, we watched a video about the history of the cavern. From there we headed to White Sands NM in New Mexico by passing by the highest point in Texas (El Capitan) and skirting El Paso. After watching folks enjoying their day at White Sands, we headed into Las Cruces for the night.
Day seven, we drove to Tucson. We enjoyed the day of eating tasty tamales at the Tucson Tamale Co, visiting the White Dove Mission (San Xavier del Bac), and strolling the beautiful gardens of Tohono Chul.
Day eight was a delight! Before wandering around Borrego Springs looking at the interesting metal sculptures, we visited Dateland for the famous, yummy date milkshake and drove by Yuma which was full of Snowbirds with their RVs. We tootled along the Borrego Salton Seaway to the Salton Sea before heading into Indio, CA for the night.
Day nine was spent driving from Indio to the S.F. Bay Area, home. The highlight of that day's stop was lunch at Harris Ranch on I-5.
Total miles traveled with mom were about 3,950. We were both surprised at the diversity of the topography and vegetation while traveling across the US-so many beautiful places. I'm so happy that my mom was able and willing to make this long trek with me. I love her so much....and thank her for being my companion on this memorable journey.