Monday, March 16, 2009

Cross Country - Good things must end too...

Day 10 - 15 March

Before we knew it, our sinful trip was drawing to an end. It was the last day already. We wanted to rewind time, or freeze it, at least slow it down. We were up bright and early to take my uncle's 2 year old daughter to the Monterey Bay aquarium. It was like watching two excited kids. My cousin could not stop exclaiming "Fish! Duck! Froggie!" in her adorable baby talk. Arun went crazy, trying to move faster than the fish to catch them on camera. My uncle and aunt must have been glad seeing how much saner their toddler was in comparison. I got to touch starfish and watch penguins with my nose pressed to the glass. So I guess ALL the kids had a happy time after all!
After a few hours at the aquarium, we did the 17 mile drive along the Pacific coast. We didn't stop much because we were already cutting it really close to catch our flight back to Philly. But the sea was inviting and the people sauntering around on the beach made us really jealous.

Arun drove like a true Californian at 95-100 mph to get us home quickly. Thankfully we were all packed and ready. So we just swung by home, picked up one more car and rushed to the airport.

Soon we were on a tiny aircraft on our way to LA where we had a 3 hour layover. Of course we didn't book our tickets early enough to get a direct flight. But we didn't mind the layover one bit. We reminisced and relived and talked and talked some more about the past 10 days. Time flew by and we were whisked into the red-eye bound to Philadelphia. We vaguely remembered the flight taking off and whining something about how terrible it was that we had to go to school and work in the morning. The next thing we knew was the wheels touching the ground in Philadelphia Airport. Boy! Were we tired? We both went our ways, in utter disbelief that the road trip we endlessly anticipated, the road trip we tirelessly obsessed about was actually over.

So applause please. For... We did it!!!

PS: And we did it without getting pulled over even once by a cop *smug*

7 comments:

Nandini Vishwanath said...

I love the Aquarium too :)I did my skydiving my Monterey, and I do not think I will choose another place to do it! :)

Aparna said...

*Applauds!* ;) Absolutely enjoyed reading the series of awesome posts on your road trip :)

buddy said...

awesome. enjoyed the trip chronicles!

Vasu. said...

Nice Travelogue. The way you guys captured every part of your trip in the blog was splendid.Congrats..

Gradwolf said...

Awesome. Now we can use this like a blue print and plan our trips!

Jegu said...

Congrats... It was a pleasure reading your posts. I've almost felt like i have been into those places.. :) Waiting for next post with one more big trip.. :)

Ranju said...

enjoyed reading your cross country adventure !!! nice blog you have got here... and very beautiful pictures !!!