We are just returned from our fabulous 23-day, 5600 mile, 10 state, 4 time-zone adventure, and I am filled with happy thoughts today. I am also aware of the piles of laundry, the dirty car, the grocery shopping, and the weary body. Those are not the things I'll share today!
Today it's about the joy of road-tripping. The miracle that we live in such a country that everywhere you go you see something to celebrate. I love driving down the road and seeing something new, or different, or unexpected.
We drove for a very long time across the upper mid-west, while following signs for "Wall Drugs." Apparently this is a historic stop, originally a place for those who crossed the country to stop for free ice water. There are vast spaces out there, and if you haven't taken the time to travel them, I highly recommend you do so. Until you see the country first hand, you will have a very difficult time realizing how wonderful, varied, and huge the United States really is.
So, we arrived at Wall Drugs (we HAD to stop, after reading the hundreds of miles of advertisements), and it was a hoot. Something for everyone, and yes, it has become a bit of a tourist trap. But what a great break from the road. Things for kids to do, adults to do, food, and yes...free ice water. A visionary spirit whose legacy lives on.
Then there are tunnels. It's the need for tunnels which amazes me. We left miles and miles and miles of grassland, and then we needed tunnels to get through areas of our country which are rocky and massive.
And then you round a corner and see another example of our American Spirit. Here is my first look at the Mt. Rushmore Memorial. Carved out of the mountain and boldly proclaiming our heritage, we visited this memorial to 4 presidents - more photographs to follow. Fabulous.
And the unexpected joy of a giant rainbow, developing before our eyes. A long day. A hard drive. And there it was -- vibrantly alive and bigger than life, growing before our eyes until it stretched across the whole sky - another example of nature's wonders.
Just a few of the things which bring me joy, and a lesson in photography all wrapped up into one. As you may have noticed, these photographs are snapshots of our trip, a way to journal and record part of our adventure. They were not taken with a "good" camera...the point-and-shoot we leave in the car was all I needed. Are they the best quality? No...but they're best record-shots of a wonderful time exploring our country.
The best photos are not always the ones taken with a lot of time and effort, or with the best equipment. They are the photos you take because something stirs in your heart that you want to capture in some way. I look at these photos and can tell you about that moment in my life. They are my connection to a time and place and event...and they won't be found for sale on our web site:).
Another point about road photography...if you have something in your picture for scale you get a better sense of place. For instance, without a car in the Mt. Rushmore photo, would you have any idea how huge the carvings are? Or the truck in the rainbow photo? Do you see the size of the forest on either side of the road? Or the building in back of the Jack-a-lope? Rather a large creation, don't you think? Fun for the kids to climb on:).
Enjoy photography, with whatever equipment you have, and whatever time you have. THIS I love. THIS makes me happy:). Have a great Happy Week.