On their own path to meet in the middle of the country, Sharon, Doori, and Caleb journeyed east toward toward Las Vegas
via portions of Route 66 and I-15, exploring classic stops along the iconic American routes.
“Arnold was bummed he couldn’t join us,” says Sharon, but the group made sure to keep him included on elements of the road trip by sending him photos of their stops along the way.
The group’s first stop was Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California.
"I'll be honest," says Sharon. "From the outside, it just kind of looked like a junkyard. But when we went inside, it was pretty cool because there were all these antiques like rotary phones, old typewriters, and a run-down jeep."
The group quickly grabbed a photo in the jeep with the help of a stranger and sent the photo to Joshua and Seoun so they could partake in the group’s adventure from the west coast.
From Oro Grande, Sharon's group visited the Calico Ghost Town Regional Park
. The afternoon Mojave Desert heat made the visit to the former mining town toasty. Shortly after, they stopped by another Route 66 attraction, the world's largest thermometer, which read 99 degrees during their stop.
Their last stop on the way to Las Vegas was at the famed Seven Magic Mountains art installation. Designed by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. What was meant to be a short-term art installation in the desert has become a favorite stop by influencers and photographers, with a poetic burst of color appearing in the middle of nowhere. The group shared a quick FaceTime with Joshua and Seoun, before heading to Las Vegas for the night.
But even after several stops in Utah to explore stunning giant canyons and beautiful views, Sharon, Doori, and Caleb were excited to finally see the mountains of Colorado.
“When we finally saw the ‘Welcome to Colorado’ sign, it was like Hallelujah!” says Sharon. “It’s weird because none of us have been to Colorado, but we felt like we were finally here.”
After a quick stop at Denver International Airport
to pick up Sharon's fiancé Arnold, the group began the final leg of their road trip — heading into the mountains to their cabin in the woods where Joshua and Seoun would shortly join them.
While the drive into the mountains would typically be relatively easy, there was one unexpected complication — a rare May winter storm. While only eight to fourteen inches of snow were expected at the cabin, the dirt roads running along a mountain stream and up a steep incline on the final approach were relatively clear.