Saturday, July 07, 2007
Some time between Henry Ford's Model A and the construction of the Lincoln Highway the American Road Trip was born.
This is the third year in a row we have hit the road.
Last year it was Yellowstone and Montana.
The year before it was along the Oregon coast to the giant redwoods in California, and over to Crater Lake before heading home.
This year we are headed to Southern California.
The trip is a little different this year. Brenda isn't going, so it will be a guys' trip.
Isaac has been on a Christian youth retreat for the past week in Florida, so it will be good timing for he and I to talk about our faith.
The initial reason for the trip was a desire on my part to see my dad before he attempts a world speed record on a motorcycle. he has had a custom bike bult that burns nitro fuel, generating 400 horsepower. We will watch him streak across the Mojave Desert, and hoping he survives.
I plan on also seeing my mom near San Diego.
Other than that our plans are pretty fluid. We might head straight home if we get homesick, or we might swing through Yosemite. Who knows? Perhaps we'll even swing as far east as the Grand Canyon, though that would lead us on through Utak and Idaho, adding about a thousand miles to the trip.
I spent my childhood in California. It was rural then. Bean fields, orange groves, the countryside filled with scrub oaks and mesquite.
Now it is all city, and I don't find it that pleasant a place.
Everything is packed and ready to go. I've had the van checked over and it seems to be in pretty good shape.
Isaac arives at Portland International Airport at 9:30 tonight. We'll tuck him into bed, and I'll move he and Jeremiah to the van about 5:00 in the morn, and off we go.
What I really look forward to is a chance to spend a lot of time, up to two weeks, with my sons, and a lot of time pulling off the road to enjoy beautiful sights, a little solitude for prayer.
I've got several posts drafted so the fonts and such are the way I like and it will make posting easier if I choose to do so.
I plan on taking a lot of pictures.
Road trips have changed over the years, and this one will be unique, I'm sure.
Talk to all of you soon!