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It's hard to say that there was really any particular place we were going on this ten-day road trip. We didn't spend more than a night anywhere. We didn't spend much time in any one particular place. Really, we were just driving, making a big ole circle. If there was a "destination," I suppose, it was Boise, Idaho. Boise was to be the furthest west we were going. It was the point where we would turn around and start heading in the direction home. It was halfway through the journey. And it was the home to the potato AirBNB, which was,...

There's nothing between Cheyenne, Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah. At least, nothing that I was super excited to see. That's the problem with road trips sometimes. Sometimes there will be twenty things in a short short distance. And, other times, nothing for hours. That's not to say that we didn't see anything on the six and a half hour drive. We stopped in Buford, Wyoming, population one (though I heard that guy moved, so maybe, actually, zero). It's the smallest town in America. And we stopped at the Gunslinger 66 and Tumbleweed Gas Station Town, an old-west style gas station in...

The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway wasn't originally on our road trip itinerary. The plan was, at first, to drive I-80 the entire way from Omaha, Nebraska, to Cheyenne, Wyoming. About a week before our trip was set to begin, Tim suggested the switch-up, reasoning that it was something different and would be more scenic than the highway. And so, of course, that sent my anxiety-ridden brain into a state of massive panic. We had already decided on the route. I had already mapped out all the stops. I had already crossed "decide on a route" and "map out all the stops" off...

It should have been a short day. The drive from Des Moines, Iowa (where we ended up on day 1 of our ten-day road trip) to Omaha, Nebraska, via I-80 should only take about 2 hours. It's a short drive. An easy drive. But I had made the itinerary. And, when you're with me, no trip is ever short or easy. You see, I had made, what Tim and I came to dub, a "clipboard of fun." After scouring Roadside America to find every roadside attraction on our route, I had mapped out 230 potential stops across the ten-day, ten-state trip. I...

Originally the plan was to go to Idaho so that we could stay in the potato AirBNB in Boise. The potato AirBNB is exactly what it sounds like. A giant potato turned into an AirBNB. I saw articles about it online and posted one to my Facebook timeline. He commented on it, something about wanting to road trip there because Idaho and Wyoming were two of his last three states to check off. I said, "let's go!" and, somehow, we turned it into a real trip. I'd been itching to take a road trip for a while (it was even on...

I've been living without a car for years now. Really, I don't need a car living in Chicago. During the day I can get anywhere by public transportation. By night, Uber and Lyft are an app swipe away. And, yeah, OK, I've even been known to take a bus home at 3am to save a few as well. Sure, there are times when having a car would make life more convenient. It takes me at least two hours and ten extra dollars to get to anyone in my family by taking two trains (and even then I either have to walk...

  The observation walk at Shawnee National Forest's Garden of the Gods is a quarter mile loop. I knew that because I'd Googled it that morning and thought, "oh, that's nothing." That's less than what I'd walk to get groceries. That's probably less than I'd walk around a Super Target. Before I'd left on my Great River Road road trip my friend Heather told me about Shawnee and said I had to go to Garden of the Gods. "Go to Garden of the Gods," she texted me daily. "You have to go to Garden of the Gods." And so, I added it...

I didn't sell my car before I left to travel the world. I kept it in my mom's garage with strict orders to run it every once in a while and to have my sister drive it whenever she came by. Of course, when I came home, 15 months later, it was completely dead. I suppose I could have sold it before I left, but my original plan involved coming home after nine months to road trip around the US. That was before I fell in love with Asia and stayed months longer than planned....

Two green and white signs at the fork in the road pointed in two directions: straight and left. Both were marked "Illinois Great River Road." I pressed my foot against the brake, slowing the car to a 15-mile-per-hour crawl and tried to determine which arrow to follow. I was driving the Great River Road and had no paper map of Illinois, I had neglected to pull up the route on my iPhone, and I had no written direction. I didn't think ahead. Typical me. As I approached the crossroad, two cars waited impatiently to turn left behind me so I...

On our last day on the Big Island, we took a drive, a Hawaii road trip, and veered off onto what the road signs appropriately called the "scenic route." After leaving Hilo, we stopped for a quick hike on Onomea Bay Trail. We visited the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. We visited Akaka Falls State Park and saw a giant waterfall. We looked out over Waipio Valley Overlook. For lunch we grabbed a plate lunch (an Asian-influenced food plate that typically consists of two scoops of white rice, macaroni salad, and an entrée) at a local hole in the wall. My plate...