Saguaro – 04/62 – Journal Snippets

“Driving days always feel like I’m stuck in limbo. Time just sort of washes over me, and before I know it, I’m in another state, and it’s 10pm and time to go to bed.”

“The day was a blur of far off desert mountains and dark highways, but here’s what I can remember about the trip: I listened to the Cautionary Tales podcast. I had a love affair with the Rilo Kiley song “Glendora.” I finished the audiobook for Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. A very sweet kid working the Chick-fil-a counter talked to me about visiting Disneyland and Star Wars Land. I listened to an insane amount of Conan’s podcast, just so I could feel like I was laughing and hanging out with friends.”

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Death Valley – 03/62 – Journal Snippets

“It’s fascinating to me how so much of an experience, ESPECIALLY in the parks, is colored by the company you keep. This drive was more boring than most I’ve had up the 14 and the 395. But, once Brian and I got into the park, he seemed to cheer up a bit, and we listened to Jonathan Van Ness’ audiobook as we cruised for an hour through the never-ending beginning section of the park.

Desolation and fabulous gay boys.”

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Joshua Tree – 01/62 – Journal Snippets

“It’s amazing how our bodies know just what to do. I started driving, parked, told my legs to hike, and had an incredible day. Even though I was alone, I didn’t really feel lonely.

I started my van trip by playing “America” by Simon and Garfunkel, followed by the entirety of the Into the Wild soundtrack. I finally graduated into audiobooks, starting Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. It’s been a great kickstarter for emboldening my often fragile nerves on this trip.”

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