sarahkidd on 1221012026|%B %d
It really began in the late spring/early summer of 2005. Of course, I was a veteran roadtripper before then (a veteran traveler in general), but that trip was the one that made me really appreciate the unique perspective that a roadtrip could provide. It was the summer after my freshman year at Colorado College. Andrew and I drove out of Colorado Springs as the sun rose, lunched in southern Wyoming, had dinner in western Idaho, and drove through the night to arrive in Redmond at 2:00 A.M.
It was an epic experience, to be sure, but it was also a grounding experience for me. A roadtrip connects places physically. It gives tangible, experiential support to the fact that Colorado is 1500 miles, two mountain ranges, and plenty of empty space away from Seattle.
It also connects places historically. It is not difficult to imagine, especially in the open spaces of Montana, Nevada, or Oregon, what it must have felt like to see these places before they were tamed. Drive on I-90 through Montana and North Dakota and you’ll see signs along the freeway marking the Lewis and Clark Trail. Up in the mountains of northern California is a scenic viewpoint overlooking Donner Lake. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see pioneers trekking through these places (although it does take a lot of imagination to imagine anyone trying to live in southern Nevada, much less deciding to build Las Vegas).
This past summer, Rachel and I got a chance to live out a roadtrip dream of ours. We drove east from Seattle to Billings, Montana; south to Albuquerque for Matt and Lauren’s wedding; west (through Las Vegas) to Los Angeles; and finally north to Seattle again. 4200 miles in 6 days, and three of those days we got in before dark!
This trip is a much different experience, as we are aiming to get somewhere instead of just in it for the journey. But a roadtrip is always an adventure! I’m enjoying this trip, and looking forward to India on the other side!