As it always happens, the driving creates a lot of time to think. It opens up a perspective as you consider the time, captive in car. During the drive we had silence but we also had random conversations. We played every car game you know. We also bellowed out show tunes & 80s music and air-guitared to Billy Joel music.
Equally as good, we got to see some of the amazing sights of our country. You witness the landscape changing along the way:
- Mountain vistas on the horizon.
- Rolling hills that eventually flatten the further west into the Midwest you go, then start rolling again when we head back east.
- The lucky lushness brought on by a summer of rain (as opposed to the brown drought-stricken news scenes of California).
- Corn tassels blowing in the wind.
- City skylines of state capitals like Indianapolis, Columbus, & Nashville.
- Wind farms that would make Don Quixote proud.
It really reminds you how beautiful this country is...which of course circles us back to music:
There is so much day-to-day that we take for granted. Out of the ordinary experiences like all-day driving trips and videos (like the one above) help build perspective. That realization of how small we truly are on this planet makes it really valuable.
May you take time to open your eyes and really see all that is around you today!
Pictures from my camera in a LiPix Pro app picture collage; Video of "America, The Beautiful,"performed by the US Navy Band & Sea Changers from https://youtu.be/7OYYQEHqJ_c