The Great Road Trip of 2011 began how most road trips begin: early.
At 5 am on December 28, me, my husband, and his father piled into a silver Caravan, left the sleepy suburb of Langley, BC, and started out towards Toronto. We had over 4,300 km to cover in just 3 1/2 days.
To reach our target destinations each day, we had very little time to stop. We ate fast food, slept whenever possible (which wasn’t often), and spent a lot of time gazing out the window.
You might think that after many hours on the road the drive would become monotonous, but the trip was not even slightly boring.
We drove through 8 states on the way to Toronto (Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), half of which I had never visited. Here are a few of my favourite scenes:
> The windmills of Washington: I don’t know what it is about windmills, exactly — they’ve just got a kind of mechanical elegance that I love.
> Montana, generally: We entered the state via the snowy Rockies, which gradually levelled out into grassy foothills, mesas, and mounds. No two hills are the same. Every bump has its own themes and variations: size, plants, colours, contours.
> The frozen emptiness that is North Dakota: Desolation has never looked so lovely.
> Listening to Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago” while driving through Chicago: It was glorious.