What’s that? Oh, that picture-perfect sunlit butte ahead of us? Yes, I see that. That’s really beautiful.
Yeah, sorry, I know my nose has been in my book for the past 100 miles. I know I’m missing out on a lot of things outside the car windows.
Ok. I’m going to go back to my book for a bit.
What? Yes, that’s a cool rock. Really nice rock. Back to the book now.
…no, you’re totally right–this is a part of the country I haven’t seen. I’m glad to see it! America the Beautiful, here we come.
Here’s the thing though: when else do you get hours of quiet and seclusion where there are no demands on your time? When literally all you can do is sit? Especially when you’re driving on rural highways — bye bye, cell service. No Instagram here. Since we don’t have one of those fancy newfangled cars with built-in TVs, I can’t binge-watch Parks and Recreation for the fourth time. The only thing you can do besides stare out the window is read a book.
Yes yes, I do like staring out the window. I love road trips. I love seeing the country change; I love pairing music to the passing landscape. I love the opportunity to talk, to take detours and pitstops and be open to adventure.
But this book is getting really good right now.
Yes, I see that waterfall.
Look, the protagonist just found out some key information and is about to–sorry, no time to explain. We have two hours of drive time left and I can totally finish.
Me and books and road trips will forever be a thing. I promise to look up every once in a while. But now I’m going to read.
Addendum: If there are any foals or alpaca farms or cool birds of prey I require immediate notification. I brake for cute animals.
(Written with a loving wink to my husband, who loves to point out basalt, and my father, who loves to point out Spanish moss.)