Cross Country Road Trip (3,200 miles, 40+ hours) from California to New Jersey | USA VLOG
I never thought that my house was the kind that could fit into boxes. Something that could be wrapped up, covered in tape. and emptied out. I was only about three days old when I moved into this little blue house, but 29 years later, I flew home from Korea to help my parents pack up the place that has been with me my entire life. To put pieces of it in a van and a few more pieces in a car. To pull out of my neighborhood for the last time and to drive across the country to find a new home. What follows is the record of five days. A blur of early mornings, 11 state crossings,
a lot of hotels, a lot of meals in our car, and of course, a lot of Louie. Hi from our first rest stop! We are... here? We're like an hour and a half outside of Vegas. We're very used to this drive, we're actually
visiting family and Louie is very confused by all of the smells so we're gonna hop back in the car but so far so good. The drive has been well and yeah, so I will catch you guys next time! Greetings another random rest stop. I don't know what these are. wow
Wow. I'm very hot and very hungry and I don't know where my mother is. Oh she's over there okay I'm gonna go walk to mom, she's over there. And just like that we're done. We're gonna give Louie some more water and hopefully we will be eating sandwiches in an air-conditioned place really soon. I hope I don't sound like I'm a big complainer but I'm - I had a very bad
fever yesterday because of my second shot. I'm just not into being hot right now. I'm over it The first of many gas trips. We're in Utah! I'm literally gonna get hit by a hearse. We're in Utah and we are heading to Cedar City we are 50 miles away so like 50 minutes. We're just letting Louie pee and we got more waters and stuff. We can get
buffalo, elk, venison, and alligator jerky here. Welcome to America, land of many choices. Hello from a Quality Inn in Cedar City, Utah! What's there to say? We're on mountain time now so we lost an hour, it's eight o'clock. Well I was summoned to dinner actually. We have leftovers from when we stopped to see my family in Las Vegas which was very nice of them to give us the leftovers. So we're just gonna eat that in our room but I gotta say, you know what Utah, your desert is really pretty. I just get - it's literally just like an anxiety thing - I get really nervous
in places where there isn't any greenery because that means that there usually isn't a lot of water and I get freaked out. Utah beautiful! Desert, but also green. I loved it. So I'll talk to you a little bit later. I'm gonna eat, I'm gonna close this up. We're in a pet-friendly room so it kind of smells like past pets but that's okay because we get to keep Louie. And so anyway I'm gonna head next door to my parents. Oh good job! Super dog! Is this light horrible? Maybe. So yeah this was a pretty easy first day. It was really nice to see so many of my aunts and uncles and my cousins and my second cousins - who are growing so big and it's terrifying. So that like really broke up the trip I think, especially because we're
just so used to that drive and then coming up here to Cedar City. Super easy. And we also got to pass through Arizona for some reason, just that northwest corner, so we actually went through four states today! Maybe my dad when he was younger but we've never really driven north of Vegas. Where's my mom - my mom is like walking around? Why? Where is she going? So going through - there's this one canyon called Virgin River Canyon or something. So beautiful, like looked fake it was so beautiful.
The drive has already been gorgeous. I'm honestly nervous for tomorrow because we're driving to Denver which means that we have to climb the Rocky Mountains and Denver in America is known as the "Mile High City" because its elevation is high up there. I don't know, I'm just, that's the one drive that I'm excited to look at but I'm also like "I hate driving on mountains." Louie did fantastic in the car, as you saw. He just slept the whole way and then he would wake up and go and we would give him water and he would be like :) and go back to sleep. Easy dog,
very grateful for him. Okay I'm gonna end this here, I'm gonna get to work and I will see you guys in the morning, bright and early. Saying goodbye to Utah so thank you for joining, bye! It's very windy, but welcome to colorful Colorado! And we're gonna get sandwiches in Grand Junction and then head straight to Denver! Pray for us. We should play Vanessa Carlton. Did we hit it? Yep! 1,001. Kind of anti-climactic.
It's like a villain's - a Disney villain's house! Hello there, we made it to our next point of entry and I have some questions for you. Colorado, you took my breath away honestly like it was - once we started getting into that green, it was gorgeous. And we actually had a really big detour, we were supposed to go just all the way across on route 70 and they made us take like a 100 mile detour which ended up being really beautiful. That's the kind of grass that I love, I'm hoping Nebraska really serves me some prairie
grass - but that just like light green flowy, it's long, it blows in the wind, I could look at that all day. I love that grass. So Colorado, you showed me every single shade of green in one day - half a day - so congrats to you. But I have questions for you. Number one, Colorado residents, why are all of your roofs metal? We - not all of you but like - we drove through multiple towns and all of the roofs were metal. They were super cute, you have super cute little towns. Everybody had a metal roof and I would love to know why. Is it fire? Is it snow related? Please teach me. And then second - why
are some of your streets named like "third and a half street?" We saw "third and five eighths street." Just - who what when where why? I wanna know. That was so confusing and why would you live on third and five eighths street? Anyway we're safely in Denver. Denver's got some really scary Covid numbers right now and mainly we're just focused on getting across the country and not getting sick, so we're not, unfortunately we're not doing many tourist things, we - like I said - I'd love to see more of Denver but, no we're literally ordering pizza and we're just gonna eat and fall asleep because we're so tired. We left at basically 4:30 in the morning.
I don't know, we're just having a really chill time, we're just taking it easy, we're focusing on driving. Not getting run off the road! Colorado, I sing your praise but y'all are crazy drivers. This was like next level, cutting people off, zooming in between on these like mountain roads. I'm just saying - you gotta have one thing that makes you imperfect. Tou couldn't be totally
perfect, Colorado. Louie has been amazing. I hope that you guys don't think that we're abusing him by putting him in such a small space even though he really does take over two-thirds of the backseat. He genuinely loves to be squished, like even if he had the most room he would find a way to like get as close as possible to you and he wants to be like under things and we're living alongside Louie, is what's happening. Okay I'm gonna sign off because the pizza is going
to be here really soon and I will see you bright and early tomorrow morning, heading to Nebraska! Bye! Oh I made a mistake. We made a mistake. My parents are coming in, I'll show you exactly what happened hold on. It's a funny mistake, it's a funny mistake.
Look at how big the slices are. We each ordered - Pizza bigger than your head! We each ordered two slices, oh no! The mushrooms even biggr... Yeah I'm glad that it turned, we thought that was going to land on the road. You have the nicest rest stop and public bathroom I have ever witnessed in my entire life. Next level stuff, great work Nebraska. Our car is covered in bugs. But our first stop is Grotenberg? There is an old pony express stop that we can look in. Apparently it's been moved
slightly but the building, the feeling is still there. So we're gonna go there and exciting stuff. Nebraska didn't have a welcome to Nebraska sign so I'm a little bit :( but I'll forgive you. You've got beautiful wildflowers here, excellent work Nebraska! Back to Louie. Making up for the lack of a Welcome to Nebraska sign. Welcome to Gothenberg. Every single house is so cute! Okay Nebraska, you win. You didn't give me a welcome sign but you gave me an arboretum! This entire park - every single tree is different and every single tree has a label and it tells you about them and they're beautiful and this town is so cute! It is Gothenburg Nebraska. Every single house looks so Americana. It's just super cute, the library looks huge,
I like it, I appreciate it. Louie loves it and now on to Lincoln, we're gonna - I think we saw a coffee shop. We might get some coffee and I took a deep deep nap in the car so hopefully we'll get some caffeine in us and be on our way. Nebraska you really surprised me, you really did, so good on you. I think I have to go pick Louie up because he's not walking...
Super windy so I'm sorry but boy Nebraska you're a mixed bag. People are so so kind, 99% of the time like overly friendly, we're feeling that Nebraska nice. This is also the only state that I've had someone yell out their car at me about my mask. Luckily I didn't even flinch. And we also ran into
people (granted they were from West Virginia, they weren't from Nebraska) but we had the first like political confrontation but anyway other than that just an absolute joy. You're doing great Nebraska keep it up for tomorrow. Iowa? Are you gonna are you gonna be better? I don't know, we'll see. So I'm going back into the hotel, gonna eat see how this Thai food is. See ya! We are at a random rest stop in Iowa and I found a giant nib! It's an ink nib, a pen nib. The things we find. Madelines! Greetings from Riverside, Iowa, which is the future birthplace of Captain Kirk from Star Trek. But we
learned that actually in (excuse me Louie is wrapped around me) but we learned that actually they never really specified where he was from, they just said "a town in Iowa" so in the 80s this city councilman was like "if it's a town in Iowa, why not this town?" and so he asked if people would be down to say that this was a future birthplace and so they just like took it upon themselves to become the birthplace of Captain Kirk and enough people talked about it, that it actually in 2009, in the new movie, they actually reference Riverside, Iowa. So we're gonna go say hi to him. My dad just went inside to the museum. It's just a little pit stop, but interesting stuff Iowa How dark! Hi guys, I do not miss this. Is my, is this even foggy from the humidity? Hi guys, it is humid, we're definitely on the east coast. It's fine, it's beautiful, it's so green.
So we've made it to Pittsburgh, our next stop, our last stop thank god! And we're gonna get a home-cooked meal. I'm going to Kayla's house I'm so eternally grateful to her parents for inviting us in. It's going to be so nice to eat at a kitchen table. Even though this was really fun, I am so so happy to be done with this trip. It was just a lot. You know me, I like to go for daily walks and I'm like a dog and stuff like that, and to be sitting - my steps per day guys, I'm genuinely upset about it, like it's really bad. Just because we sit for 10 hours in a car. And Louie has done the best out of all of us. So Iowa, super cute. I approve. People are super nice I had a really nice iced green tea, but we kind of blew through you. And then Illinois - I wish I
had more to say but I fell asleep. You guys have a lot more trees than in iowa so you get extra points in my book. Indianapolis, holy smokes, you're so cute. I saw like literally two blocks of your city but I want to go back, I'm in love. The people that we met there were so nice, like the restaurant owner for where we got dinner, just like really lovely people. I don't know, I, everyone, like everyone said "hi!" Is this like a midwest thing? I don't know, I was just very - again no expectations - and I was super impressed. Anyway, Indiana, great job, Ohio, I also slept through you - like in your entirety, I was asleep. But I'm sure you're really nice. The Ohio river was very impressive. West Virginia, I saw
you for a second that's all I've got to say. Now we're in Pennsylvania which I already know and love. Western Pennsylvania, it's a blurred line between Jersey and Pennsylvania for me so I consider you part of my second home. But yeah, I'm just waiting for Louie to poop. Louie, please poop! And then we're gonna go head to Kayla's, so next time I see you, we will be pulling into our next hotel home, which will be a long-term hotel home in New Jersey. And I'm so excited, so thank you for being on this journey with me. I will see you guys in Jersey or on the way to Jersey. So excited! Bye! A broccoli! No....I hate it. It's so bad.
Maybe you're not welcome (on brand for NJ) Just follow the law! Never again. Louie you can come out! Louie's a free dog. What a good boy Louie! Look at me, look at me.
Our last our last massive luggage rack, emptying of the trunk. Gonna feel a little dead no matter what, but at least I don't have to look completely dead. We made it across the country! We did it! What was today? Today we pulled out of Pittsburgh and we just made it to - where are we? I always say Central New Jersey, but are we really in Central New Jersey? Yeah we're like closer to north, I would say but yeah we're in Central Jersey. Got a lot of questions about why - just why we're doing this. So my mom is actually from New Jersey, like born and raised.
So all of my mom's side of the family lives in New Jersey so it's not just like a really random pick. Snd my parents are actually considering probably going to be moving to Pennsylvania so on the PA/New Jersey border. So yeah the California home has been completely sold, they started moving in the day that we left. And I don't know, I feel like this trip kind of helped. If I had taken off - oh my god, if we had flown and
like I had to watch San Diego get smaller and smaller in the distance from an airplane, that would have been such an ugly, what is it, four hours? - such an ugly plane ride because I would have cried the whole time. But I think that driving and stopping and seeing people - I got to see some family, I got to see Kayla - and then just kind of being shown all these new sites, I had never been, other than Vegas, I had never been anywhere that we stopped before - even Pittsburgh i haven't, i hadn't been to. So that was all brand new to me. I've been to a lot of their airports. Love the Denver air- well... not gonna say I love the Denver airport but I've been to the Denver airport. But yeah that was all new and it was beautiful, took me by surprise. I might get into New York, I'm not sure. I just saw videos from like the anti-vaxx parade that they had so I'm kind of like...
How much do I love New York? I love New York but we'll see, because once again if I get any kind of sickness, if I get a hint - obviously I don't want to get sick, like that's a number one reason, but also I just can't go home, like I'm not going to be able to get on an airplane and go home so I really want to stay healthy, I'm being extra careful. Yeah, so we'll see but overall this was a really nice trip. It felt very weird to drive to New Jersey, like I've never driven and so it doesn't feel like I've fully arrived yet. Even though I recognize the area, like I know where I am, it
doesn't feel like I'm here. Where's Newark airport?! Can you believe it? That I'm saying I miss Newark? I do. Yeah that's gonna take some getting used to but I'm here for almost three weeks so I'll have time to adjust and yeah thank you for coming with me. But yeah I will be filming my time here so you're gonna have another - gonna get an east coast vlog this time which I'm very excited to share.We might go down the shore,
I don't really know, I don't really know what's going on, I'm just along for the ride as always. I am excited to be back in Korea very soon but for now I am happy as always to be in New Jersey. I am gonna go now, I'm gonna drink my tea and I'm gonna start working and I'm gonna unpack! I'm gonna unpack my suitcase, isn't that amazing? I'm gonna hang clothes up, not gonna just be digging out of my suitcase every day! Exciting stuff. Okay catch you later. Thank you always, bye!