Road Trip Around the United States:
In the summer of 2013, I sold many of my belongings and rented out my house, and decided to embark on a journey around the United States to see this great country of ours. As I drove away from Austin, a great lightness came over my being and I felt free and happy for the first time in several years. There were so many possibilities and so many beautiful sights to see! It wasn't until I was finished drivving through 25 different states, did I realize how much I loved Austin, and that my home is everywhere I am.
My six week trip began by heading north from Austin to Hot Sprigs, Arkansas. I visited the springs, asked a local grocer about the best place to camp and then settled in for the night. It amazed me how happy and light I felt with just me and the belongings in my car. I wasn't exactly sure what was coming next and I began to notice the little things that pointed me in the direction I would be heading.
I had just joined couchsurfing because of the advice of a friend, and the first person I spoke to from the website invited me to visit an Earthship that he had built outside of Nashville, Tennessee. So that became my next destination.
Nashville held a strange allure as I passed through, noticing the couples walking around all dressed up in boots, hats and buckles. Talking to a coffee shop owner, I learned that the Country Music Awards were happening. The Earthship was fantastic to see as well, created out of cans and bottles, mud and sweat. I slept on the floor on my sleeping bag, and at the crack of dawn was on my way again.
Ashville, North Carolina was my next stop nestled in the beautiful mountains and adorned with street musicians, vendors and artists shops. Then came camping by a lake in Virginia, visiting several friends in Washington D.C., and more couchsurfing in New York City.
New York, which I had visited before, consumed my senses with it's pulsating rhythms, noises and lights.
I went to Rhode Island next and camped out in my tent by a lake just inland from the ocean. I went into the countryside of New York, which was beautiful with it's tall trees and lakes. Next came Boston and then Niagra Falls which was awesome in all of it's mighty splendor. Driving along Lake Erie was amazing and serene. There were families boating and sunning themselves by the shore. I stopped by a large boat and did yoga for an hour before continuing on my journey.
The next stretch was long as I crossed mid-America through Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana and on into St. Louis, Missouri. There I stopped for a few days to visit a good friend and visited downtown with the park and the arch as well as the beautiful botanical gardens.
I was three weeks in, about halfway through my journey and I had gotten into a rhythm of waking, doing yoga and meditation, packing up, eating and driving.
Next I went to go visit my good friend Christi from college in Craig, Colorado who had just had her first baby, my godson. We had a great time visiting hot springs and taking it easy. After that I picked up my travel budy Cara in Colorado who went with me the the rest of the journey.
First Cara and I traveled to Utah, where we camped and visited some beautiful national parks. Sunset swimming in the lake and sunrise yoga on top of the picnic table! Next we went to Las Vegas, Nevada where we did the zipline down Freemont Street, high above all the party-goers.
After Vegas we visited friends in San Diego and drove up the coast towards San Francisco, stopping along the way to visit and take pics of all the picturesque beaches and towns along Route 1.
I visited my family in Oakland, California, just north of San Fransico for a whole week which was delightful after such a long journey.
We went to many delicious restaurants, talked, hung out by the lake in Oakland. In San Francisco we rode the trolley cars, visited Chinatown, visited Piedmont and Haight-Ashbury Streets, shopped and sat in Golden Gate Park. It was wonderful.
Cara and I went on our way again to the Grand Canyon which had the most beautiful, extraordinary views and took my breath away.
We drove back through New Mexico and stopped to buy Native American moccosins and jewelry and then finally made it back to Austin.
I'm so grateful I went on this journey and saw so many wonderful sights. I got to visit many people that I care so much about. This trip opened my eyes to so many possibilities for the future and I had the opportunity to reasses and let go of all the things that I didn't need, that I had been holding tightly onto. I could just let go, drive, love and breathe.