31hours, road trip to California |Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

Last week completely unplanned and stupidly so, I drove to California. If you don’t know that’s 31 damn hours. Was it impulsive? probably. Do I regret it? HELL NO. Would I do it again? Absolutely, but perhaps with a little more planning and more time to and back. I should also mention that my kids are amazing. I mean for being kids and being stuck in a car for that long.. They’re my heroes actually. On Wednesday my mom mentioned it, by Thursday night I was out on the road. I drove through the night on crappy gas station coffee, ugh ( what can I say I like the goooood stuff) & good music. While everyone slept it was just me and my thoughts. Lately I haven’t allowed myself to just sit and be with myself, so I guess it was well over due. You gotta love distractions, at least that’s what I thought it would be. But 31 hours is a lot of thinking. I wish I had taken more photographs. I always regret not taking more photographs. I did get in the frame with my kids however. It’s getting harder and harder to do that. My brother helped capture some of our time at the beach. Even though I wish I had more photographs to show but, I did try to be more present. We had so many conversations. Plenty of bickering fights. Chaos and peace all at once.

I’m so glad we did this.

I can’t believe how much beauty is out there. It’s an incredible route. It’s easy to get mesmerized and let time go by just staring at the beautiful open road. Wherever you are in life, you will be ok. Or if you can’t cope with life just go take a damn cross country trip like I did. The time alone is good.

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