An American Road Trip

 

 

"Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom." -(Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives p. 62).

For 59 days and 11,834 miles between June, July, and August 2015, Daniel and I explored America in our 2003 Toyota Corolla. We slept in a tent when we were able to find a KOA at a reasonable hour, but more often we slept in the car on the side of a road or at a rest stop. Even more frequently, we saw many distant friends and family members on this trip who welcomed us into their homes and made seeing America much easier for us. Not to mention they all showed us an amazing time and we will always cherish their hospitality as the most vital part of this experience.

 

It was important for us to see America to understand different aspects of our landscape and how it affects the social life of American people from state to state. To live in a country being only able to see a tiny part is to not know that country at all. It was essential for us to see as much as we could to remind ourselves of the land and opportunities lain out directly in our paths. 

Cave Textures in
Cave Textures in

Skyline Caverns, Front Royal, VA

Eating a Meal in
Eating a Meal in

Between the trip from Virginia to Florida

Waffle House at 2am in
Waffle House at 2am in

South Carolina (I-95)

We arrived at 5:30am in
We arrived at 5:30am in

Daytona Beach, FL

First Visitors of the Day in
First Visitors of the Day in

Daytona Beach, FL

Watching the Sunrise While Daniel
Watching the Sunrise While Daniel

Sleeps in Daytona Beach, FL

Dan After Sun Finally Rose in
Dan After Sun Finally Rose in

Daytona Beach, FL

Grandpa's Nightly Cigar in
Grandpa's Nightly Cigar in

Poinciana, FL

Grandparents at Chinese Buffet in
Grandparents at Chinese Buffet in

Kissimmee, FL

A Storm Brewin' on July Fourth in
A Storm Brewin' on July Fourth in

Poinciana, FL

Dan After Skating in
Dan After Skating in

New Orleans, LA

A Block Away from our Airbnb in
A Block Away from our Airbnb in

New Orleans, LA

Somebody Lives Here in
Somebody Lives Here in

New Orleans, LA

Our Host, Alice, in
Our Host, Alice, in

New Orleans, LA

These Cats Gave Us Fleas in
These Cats Gave Us Fleas in

New Orleans, LA

Through Verti Marte Window in
Through Verti Marte Window in

New Orleans, LA

After a Long Day of Travelling in
After a Long Day of Travelling in

New Orleans, LA

Between Two Houses in
Between Two Houses in

New Orleans, LA

Dan Gets Ready to Sleep in
Dan Gets Ready to Sleep in

New Orleans, LA

Pink Windows in
Pink Windows in

New Orleans, LA

Symmetrical House in
Symmetrical House in

New Orleans, LA

Common Room at Co-Op House in
Common Room at Co-Op House in

Central East Austin, TX

Cthulhu the Cat in
Cthulhu the Cat in

Central East Austin, TX

"Dog Food" (Communal Meal) at
"Dog Food" (Communal Meal) at

Co-Op House in Central East Austin, TX

One Roommate's Last Night at Co-Op
One Roommate's Last Night at Co-Op

in Central East Austin, TX

A Game of Bag in
A Game of Bag in

Austin, TX

Our Room with Colored Lights in
Our Room with Colored Lights in

Austin, TX

Our Room with Colored Lights in
Our Room with Colored Lights in

Austin, TX

Boy Working at Peach Farm in
Boy Working at Peach Farm in

Henly, TX

Peach Country in
Peach Country in

Henly, TX

Driving Through Somewhere in
Driving Through Somewhere in

New Mexico

Fraggle Rock in
Fraggle Rock in

New Mexico (between Big Bend, TX, and Tucson, AZ)

The Longest Trains We've Ever Seen
The Longest Trains We've Ever Seen

in New Mexico (between Big Bend, TX, and Tucson, AZ)

Zoe's Neighbor's Truck in
Zoe's Neighbor's Truck in

Prescott, AZ

Insulated Window in
Insulated Window in

Prescott, AZ

Rainbow News Boxes in
Rainbow News Boxes in

Prescott, AZ

Everything is Closed on Sundays in
Everything is Closed on Sundays in

Prescott, AZ

Smashed Cacti on Bell Rock Trail in
Smashed Cacti on Bell Rock Trail in

Sedona, AZ

View From Top of Bell Rock Mountain
View From Top of Bell Rock Mountain

in Sedona, AZ

Dan Runs Ahead in
Dan Runs Ahead in

Bell Rock Trail, Sedona, AZ

Dan Likes to Climb Alone in
Dan Likes to Climb Alone in

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

We Are All Tourists in
We Are All Tourists in

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Dan From Far Away in
Dan From Far Away in

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Decrepit Native American Land on
Decrepit Native American Land on

Route between Grand Canyon, AZ, and Kanab, UT

Vermillion Cliffs in
Vermillion Cliffs in

Marble Canyon Overlook, AZ

Falling Clouds in
Falling Clouds in

Vermillion Cliffs, Marble Canyon, AZ

Daniel Fits in
Daniel Fits in

Somewhere near the Vermillion Cliffs in Marble Canyon, AZ

Dan Looking Up in
Dan Looking Up in

Zion National Park, Hurricane, UT

Daniel Off the Trails in
Daniel Off the Trails in

Zion National Park, Hurricane, UT

Dan Changing After a Swim in
Dan Changing After a Swim in

Zion National Park, Hurricane, UT

July is Tadpole Season in
July is Tadpole Season in

Zion National Park, Hurricane, UT

Overlooked Nook in
Overlooked Nook in

The Narrows at Zion National Park, Hurricane, UT

Hiking The Narrows Barefoot in
Hiking The Narrows Barefoot in

Zion National Park, Hurricane, UT

A Nap Between Vegas and San Diego in
A Nap Between Vegas and San Diego in

Jean, NV

Emma's Backyard in
Emma's Backyard in

San Diego, CA (North Park)

Keeping Bacon Covered for Sandwiches
Keeping Bacon Covered for Sandwiches

in San Diego, CA (North Park)

Bikes and Frames in
Bikes and Frames in

San Diego, CA (North Park)

Emma in
Emma in

San Diego, CA (North Park)

Dan and Andrew After Tequila in
Dan and Andrew After Tequila in

Isla Vista, CA

Boys Huddle Around Rig in
Boys Huddle Around Rig in

Isla Vista, CA