the secret drive home

in february, my cousin kelly and i set out on a secret road trip from dallas to philly. i was moving back home for a few months to be with family and friends for awhile before ~whatever’s next~ and kelly came along for part of the trip to keep me company. basically it was…

homeward bound: the incredible journey 2.0


but our incredible journey was not motivated by feelings of neglect and abandonment. our trip was really just a lot of fun.

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I took a semi-similar road trip in January 2015 – where the things that were similar were that I was on the trip, I was driving the same car, and that two of the stops on the trip were the same (Philly and Dallas). Last year when I moved to Colorado, Allison and I drove from Philly to Nashville to Dallas to Santa Fe to Denver.

This time, I wanted to take a different route, because I wanted to see some new places, and driving through Arkansas was really boring. We mapped out our route:

Dallas, Texas > Louisiana > Mississippi > Alabama > Georgia > South Carolina > North Carolina > Virginia > West Virginia > Maryland > Philly, Pennsylvania

(With significant stops in:
Monroe, Louisiana
Montgomery, Alabama
Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

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Kelly and I would experience Montgomery together, then I’d drop her off at the airport in Atlanta, and I’d be onward to North Carolina where I’d surprise & spend the night with my great pal & biggest blog supporter, Hannah and her husband.

The final morning of the trip, I’d be off for Pennsylvania, driving straight north through beautiful Virginia on Interstate-81.

I made a video of the trip, with a song that I think is perfectly appropriate for 1) a road trip and 2) my general feelings toward driving. (I effing love driving.) Click this image below to watch the video!

The Secret Drive Home

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  • Reply ellen peterson

    What a treat and joy your video is.
    …you are living the life I planned for myself 50 years ago but never happened.
    Thank you for filling that empty spot …and safe travels for the future.

    April 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video! & thank you!

      April 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    YAYYYYYY THIS! I love you and your adventures (and that song). Pretty sure I’m still surprised that you surprised me. #thebest

    April 19, 2016 at 11:22 am
    • Reply Kristen

      YAYYYYYYYY THIS IS RIGHT. I can’t wait to see you again!!!! #sosoontho

      April 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Margie

    And what a surprise it was!! I was stunned silent for a least 5 minutes. You are always welcome home in between your adventures!

    April 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Girl I might have just cried.

      April 24, 2016 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Carla Griffin

    Video was great an the I also love road trips . take a different way every time i go

    April 30, 2016 at 8:22 am
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