Had I actually mapped out the trip prior to getting in the car, I would have realized I had to drive through Palm Springs and not San Diego. This was a bitter sweet realization as I couldn't stop in to see (a pregnant) Lauren and LeeJ. However, it did mean I got to drive through my happy place, Palm Springs. These windmills absolutely take my breath away every time I pass them. It was a lovely send off.
And finally, after sitting in traffic for 90 minutes, then trekking another 6 hours - I made it to Phoenix.
I met up with my friend, Rob who put me up in a super lavish pad in Scottsdale and then bought me dinner at The House Brasserie.