"our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them." -henry david thoreau
2. A brief moment where we look at each other, uncertain where to start
3. Trying to avoid the silence (as natural extroverts), we begin blabbing but deep down recognize that we haven't even had the time to process everything.
When you have such an unbelievable "big life" experience (studying abroad, getting married, a baby being born, serving for the first time, etc.), it is at times hard to explain it all in one casual conversation. With this understanding, we are posting a few insights but there is no way these words could sum up all the brilliant moments. In the next few days (once we have deeply and personally reflected on our own 'take-aways'), we will be posting more "little stories" we wish to share with you, but until then, please enjoy this list of twenty five things we have learned while on the road.
we learned that:
- Every person has an amazing story to tell.
- There is no better time to drive West than in the fall.
- The geography/climate of the United States can change quite drastically [Ex: 60 degrees at 6,000 ft. to 25 degrees at 10,000 ft all within 20 minutes].
- Driving gives one the opportunity to explore the space in between- from one small town to the next, you see unique (and at times, raw) settings that flying does not easily offer.
- There are local champions of hope making a big difference in small communities...and we have no idea.
- Having a fire-starter log is much more efficient than using printer paper.
- With music and NPR, one can accomplish any road trip.
- Just because someone does not own a home does not mean they don't have advice to give. If you give people a chance, you likely can learn something from them.
- When the government decides to shut down, don't attempt to drive through Yellowstone National Park... you will have to turn around.
- There is beauty in not having an agenda.
- Sometimes all it takes is a nice note from a stranger to bring a smile to someone's face.
- Stopping every 180 miles for gas gets old (and expensive).
- Reflecting upon ones day (no matter how trivial or exciting) is very good for the soul.
- People actually read our blog and were (hopefully, at times) inspired by it.
- For the most part, people are proud to be Americans.
- The world is smaller than you think [According to recent studies, we are actually experiencing 3.9 degrees of separation as opposed to the original belief of 6 degrees... thank you Facebook].
- There is more to Vegas than just "Sin City."
- Wandering around unfamiliar parts of a city will give you perspective.
- There is something about the mix of gas station ice & coke.
- Whenever you are deciding between going to a chain restaurant or a local restaurant, always choose the local spot... they are better.
- Reunions are worth celebrating.
- Everyone deserves to pursue travel with purpose.
- You can't go wrong with a well-balanced dose of some urban and some rural.
- As different as we all act, look, and talk...similarities can always be found.
- Your day can be made much better when you choose to think selflessly and intentionally celebrate others.