Road trips. You either love them or you hate them. Unless you’re the driver, it’s hours and hours of mindless boredom, and for some people, carsickness.
This past weekend I drove back to school after being home for fall break. It wasn’t much of a road trip, just two and a half hours. when I was about an hour out, I saw a sign I had passed many times advertising something called the Freedom Rock. Intrigued and with no place to be that night, I took a last minute exit toward the rock.
It turned out to be a giant boulder painted with a “thank you” mural to our veterans. About what I expected. But rather than turning around and making the three minute drive back to the interstate, I went the opposite way in search of an adventure.
The great thing about road trips – however long they may be – is the potential for adventure. You can get almost anywhere with a car and a full tank of gas (or two or three.) Adventure can be right around the next turn or just over the hill.
There are so many ways to turn a road trip into an adventure. If you leave a few hours sooner than when you need to arrive, it gives you the freedom to explore a little bit. Take an exit and visit a tourist attraction. Drive through a small town and eat at a locally owned restaurant. Meet your waiter or waitress and ask them about life. Take the scenic route. Get lost. Find your way back.
If all else fails, I encourage you to turn off the interstate and travel by highway for awhile. And if it’s right before sunset, the views are spectacular. Trust me.