Top 11 Road Trip Memories
In no particular order since they all hold a special place in my heart!
*The amazing day of Salton Sea, Slab City, Salvation Mountain, and East Jesus in Southern California. So many amazing and strange things to see. So much weird history packed into one day. And a day that horror movies are made from. When the guy at Salvation Mountain told us to go check out East Jesus, an artist community, and drew us a map in the sand it seemed like a great idea. Once we got there, it was amazing, but there was a moment of wondering if he had sent us to see something awesome or if he was sending us sinners to die.
*Visiting Dead Horse Bay in New York with Mick and Christina. One of the most interesting and beautiful places I have ever seen. Who new that what was once a landfill could turn into a magical beach of treasures. We collected so many bottles and I can't wait to go back and collect more!
*Powering through to Kansas with Noah after a long day only to reach the hotel we were going to stay at and realized it looked like a murder inn. Somehow mustering up the energy at 1am to drive another hour to the next town where the best hotel option was across the street from a feed lot. We spent that entire hour laughing about being on our way to Shit City and repeating the one-liner "Dad's pissed" from the This American Life episode we had just listened to. Proof that when you are really tired, almost anything is funny. P.S. we woke up the next morning to see the feed lot across the street. I am still kicking myself for not getting a photo but imagine hundreds of cows and a giant sign that says "Eat Beef, Stay Thin." Thank you Kansas!
*Donny, my best friend since high school, carrying me on his shoulders into a cornfield at the Valle Drive-In in Newton, Iowa so that could try and get a shot of the operational theater above the corn. The theater sits on a square lot cut out of the cornfield.
*Swimming in Austin with Jenny, James, and Noah. Some of the only swimming that wasn't in a pool that I got on this adventure. Laughing at Noah for freaking out about snapping turtles and enjoying water that was a perfect temperature (meaning not mountain run off). Plus right after this adventure I got to see my friend Will whom I hadn't see in 6 years.
*Staying up with my other best friend April until 4am on her kitchen floor. Talking about everything and nothing at all.
*Pushing a broken down car in New York off to the side of the road while I was in heels and April was in a nude suit. The street fight that almost ensued after was ridiculous but a good story to share none the less. What is life if not a series of amazing stories.
*Pulling up to that first abandoned drive-in theater in Yerington, Nevada. It has been raining and storming and I was still not sure what I was getting myself into on the trip. Before getting there I was feeling lost and unsure of myself. As we pulled up and the rainbow formed behind the screen, all my fears disappeared.
*Arriving in North Carolina to be greeted with togo cups of red wine (by to go I mean in wine glasses but we took them togo) and immediately being taken square dancing. You have to be up for anything when you are on an adventure.
*Crossing back into Oregon after 65 days on the road and having a mini freak out all to myself. Knowing that in 6 more hours I would be back home.
*Partnering with Honda and driving Wonda to all these amazing experience. Which wouldn't have been possible without the support from so many of you!