June 08, 2004

idaho?

While driving to work today, the overwhelming urge to go on a road trip hit me - hit me hard. And the destination which has been sitting in my head for the last hour and a half or so is IDAHO. I don't know why, perhaps because it's a state that's relatively nearby to which I have never traveled before.

Idaho? Somebody stop me. I've spent nearly $1000 getting my current car up to smog standards and getting the tires replaced, and I have to get an oil change sometime this week - so the urge to solidify the car's reliability, make some sort of good on that large expenditure, and my need to get out of the house are driving me towards a quick jaunt somewhere this weekend.

These urges often hit me last minute. I've been known to take off to the Grand Canyon in the morning, and be back in L.A. by that same night. I once went for a leisurely drive and ended up in Yosemite National Park. I've often taken off up the California coastline up towards Big Sur and Carmel.

For me, it's not so much the destination, but the drive that I find so stimulating. I guess it has something to do with hours upon hours of time spent completely in my own world, without being caged up in my 400 sq. ft. house. I'm very easily impressed by nature and the beautifully scenic expanses available to the roadway-traveller, and so the views of a distant thunderstorm over the desert basin of western Arizona, or the gorgeous cliffsides near Point Piedras on the central Californian coast are enough to move me in some serious ways.

(Sigh.)

So I don't know what I'm going to do yet. I want to go somewhere I've never been before. And I want to go this weekend. And Idaho is only about 12 hours away....


posted by julie at June 8, 2004 10:16 AM


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