Why You Should Take A Road Trip

Why You Should Take A Road Trip

Whether it’s a good day or a bad day, spend some time driving around every once awhile.

Comfy sweatshirt, no shoes, an aux cord, and a hair elastic. Destination or no destination, there is something refreshing about sitting in the car for longer than a trip to the grocery store. I’m learning that one of the best places to think and observe and talk about everything you can think of is inside the four doors of a car.

Some of my favorite family memories are in a car, driving from state to state, wondering why my parents wouldn’t just let us fly to Colorado or New Mexico or Texas. Now I’m thankful for all of the things that I have seen between these states, things that you wouldn’t have seen if you took the short route. I’m thankful for all the many conversations and questions and memories that were shared driving for miles looking at the same open space.

In high school, it was a trademark pastime. Boring nights in our small town could always be spent in a car. One of my favorite views in the world is the skyline of Boston as you drive into the city. I found a little loop that took me into the city and then out. I took that loop almost every night this summer, with company or without, music or no music. The sound of the city is loud and the lights are bright. And for some reason, I think that was when I could hear myself the most. I did a lot of processing in the car this year. I thought about a lot of things. I made a lot of phone calls in the car. I picked up a lot of friends and dragged them on this loop with me. Being confined in a car obviously limits the amount of things you can be doing, which increases your ability to notice things. To notice the stoplights and the intersections and the people in the crosswalks. There’s something about a city drive.

Now I’m not driving into the city, but along seemingly never ending straight roads. Roads that lead to small towns with old buildings and new cities with new people and crosswalks and intersections.

That was one thing I knew I would miss when I moved. I knew I would miss the people who have driven with me. Who have screamed the lyrics of our favorite songs with the windows down. Who have discovered shortcuts and stop signs and the best winding roads and the most random diners and restaurants and coffee shops, but I’ve found some new people. And some new songs. And some new winding roads.

So get in a car. Go on a drive. Drive to a new city for something as simple as a new cup of coffee. Leave in the middle of the night and drive where there is no traffic. Put your music on shuffle. Pick up a friend. There is so much to be talked about. So many stories to be told. I find that one of the best places to do this is in the car. I think friendships can be built when you’re sitting just a little too close to each other, spilling your drink on the person next to you, passing around a bag of candy. Take a road trip even if it’s just to drive. You never know what you’ll find or what you’ll learn or what you’ll remember or what you’ll hear.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Top 10 Places To Visit In Oklahoma

Perfect places for inexpensive day trips.


These places are some of my favorite to visit in Oklahoma and as a resident here they are perfect for day trips because of the minimal car ride. I hope you visit these locations and enjoy them as much as I have.

1. Turner Falls 


Turner Falls is in the Arbuckle Mountains and is home to Oklahoma's largest waterfall. You can hike, swim, explore a rock castle, fish, tube, and much more. You can even rent a cabin if you want to stay the night.

2. Pops on Route 66


Pops is in Arcadia off of route 66 and it is great place to get a burger and a specialty pop; not to mention the light up pop bottle out front. Near by there is the Round Barn which is a completely circular barn that was constructed in 1898 and is a unique structure worth visiting. During the fall Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch is open and during the summer you can head to Arcadia Lake to cool off.

3. Blue Dome District in Downtown Tulsa


Downtown Tulsa has one of the best art districts in the state and you can visit many art museums the most famous being the Philbrook. There are unique shops and fancy restraunts all composed of stunning architecture. There is a interesting spot nestled in the middle of downtown called "The Center of the Universe" where when you stand in this paticular circle of concrete your voice echoes back to you. Occasionally there are festivals like May Fest, Winter Fest, and Day of the Dead.

4. Bricktown in Oklahoma City


Bricktown is a beautiful place where there is something for everyone to do. There is a movie theatre, clubs, shops, mini-golf, restraunts, and most famously a riverwalk. You can also visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Murrah Bombing Museum, and the botanical gardens.

5. Robber's Cave


Robber's Cave is a wonderful place for exploring. You can walk along the trails, go down into caves, go hiking, or wade in creeks. There is also horse back riding and paddle boating. If you are looking for a relaxing trip in nature, this is it.

6. Woodward Park


Woodward Park is nice place to take a relaxing stroll through and it is home to an arboretum, (a botanical garden completely devoted to trees), and it also has a regular botanical garden. The scenery is breath taking and it has a playground which makes it an entertaining place for children.

7. The Gloss Mountains


Even though the Gloss Mountains has 'mountains' in its name, it is actually mesas and buttes. They appear shiny and glass like because of the amount of selenite in their soil. This a truly fascinating place to visit and it is perfect for hiking and viewing wildlife. You won't regret traveling here as you see the sun set behind the mesas.

8. Downtown Guthrie


Downtown Guthrie is rich in historic buildings and brick walkways. There are antique shops, museums, coffee shops, a theatre. Downtown Guthrie also has a national park that is only an elm tree making it the smallest in the United States. If you are able to come in April there is a carnival and parade celebrating the land run. In December there is an event called the Victorian Walk where people come dressed in Victorian clothes and there are carriages, live music, good food, and carollers.

9. Paseo District in Oklahoma City


The Paseo District in Oklahoma City has some of the finest shops and art galleries. It is designed to resemble Spanish architecture with authentic clay roofs and stucco building. There are many restaurants to eat at and on Wednesday nights "Sauced at Paseo" hosts a slam poetry night.

10. Chickasaw National Park


Chickasaw National Park is one of the most gorgeous places you can visit in Oklahoma. You can go hunting, fishing, water skiing, boating, hiking, swimming, and much more. There is wildlife everywhere and it is even located on the Central migratory flyaway path, which makes it perfect for bird watching.

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