I thought I was so clever back in July when I wrote “Postcards from Home.” I knew that at some point in the near future, my husband and I would embark on a cross-country road trip, and I thought that post would be the perfect segue for sharing photos from our journey.
I envisioned myself pulling out my computer after a day of driving and pouring my experiences into the blog. That didn’t happen — though I did post photos to my Instagram account.
I’m not sure exactly why not, other than fatigue, hunger, and bad Wifi connections made sitting down and writing unappealing. Plus, there was so much input, both when we were traveling and when we were staying put. I enjoyed living in the moment, and allowing myself to be swallowed by landscapes like this one.
But I’m sticking with my postcard analogy: This post and the ones that follow are postcards that don’t arrive until the traveler has already returned home. Sometimes the mail is slow or sometimes the cards aren’t mailed until the journey is over.
After driving from Concord to Detroit to attend a family wedding, we headed west, toward Portland, Oregon. In Minnesota we took a hike.
The trail overlooked the Mississippi River.
I should note that while the above scene was captured with an actual camera, I took most of the photos on the trip with my phone camera. As my friend in San Francisco likes to say, “The best camera is the one you have with you.”
From Minnesota, we pushed west through South Dakota toward Montana, hitting a corner of Wyoming along the way.
Little Big Horn gave me chills, made me angry too.
Driving into Montana, there were purple mountains.
In Bozeman, there was a walk through town.
And a hike at Peets Hill.
And have I mentioned who was traveling with us? She made herself right at home and cooled off in a little stream at the end of the hike.
From Montana, we skimmed the northern point of Idaho and drove through a corner of Washington State.
Why did we leave home in the first place and why did we drive? I’ll share more about that in a future post.
Your trip looks like it was fun. Great snapshots. Makes me yearn for the road…
Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie) said:
Lovely photo essay, Judith, and I totally get why you would end up not posting from the road. It always sounds so romantic in theory … and then when you are sitting there faced with the prospect of *actually* doing it … well, not so much.
Anyway – I’m glad you had a good trip & extra glad that the pup got to come along and enjoy the adventure with you. What a treat! (For all of you.) 🙂
Nice to have you home & hope to see you soon!
I love your photos Judith and enjoyed seeing them on instagram as you were on the road. I can’t wait for your next installment.
Heather in Arles said:
I have always wanted to do a cross country drive in the US! This, of course, makes me double curse that I haven’t done so and also appreciate the innate elegance of Karina for how she behaved on this journey with you. Looking forward to reading more about your travels. The photos are beautiful…