“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than in miles.”
“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
The above image is a rough outline of all the places I have gone with one friend, Katie Twiss. We met freshman year of college at the Kansas City Art Institute and have been solid friends ever since. I estimate we have put in over 13000 miles together on the road and have slept in parking lots in the back of my car over 60 nights. Because of all this we are so close, so bonded, so perfectly in sync with one another, even though we don’t live in the same city anymore we flawlessly fall back into the travel routine when a trip begins.
There is no better way than to figure out if you like or hate someone than to travel with them. I loved everyone on the Road to Ruscha trip. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of human beings to travel and learn with. Thank you all so much. In honor of that, here are a few of my new beautiful friends:
Alli: Our pure, crazy delight as we ran around the asian district of Los Angeles trying deserts and talking was wonderful. Thank you for bailing on meat filled dinners with me, for making plans for future adventures with me, and being so lovingly eccentric that I felt right at home in your presence.
Robbie: The way you ran down that little fake road in the Albuquerque casino yelling, “There are no rules in a casino!” was so genuine and touching; that was literally one of the happiest moments of the trip. It was a moment where someone is purely them self, and that is always so wonderful to see. Thank you for bailing on cheap greasy food with me, for pulling me through the desert in the middle of the night, and for talking to me about your life on the motel patios.
Rick: While this picture does not due you aesthetic justice I feel is sums up nicely how you helped me on this trip. Thank you for buying me those books, for following me around, for listening to me ramble on about existential problems and traveling, for jumping into the ocean with me, for questioning the things that I questioned and loving the things that I love. The role you played and are still playing in my life is beyond words. I am truly delighted by your existence.
Erika and Bri: GOOD MORNING, to my two lovely roommates. The way in which you scowled at me as I crept back into our room at night and laughed when I sprung up in the morning ready to start our day made me so happy. Erika, thank you for inspiring me with how amazingly tough you are and for your quiet witty humor. Bri, thank you for being funny in the morning and especially for that cute little way you hold your hand out for a high five.
Kelsey: Van buddies since day one, I knew I’d like you. Thank you for playing in the ocean with me, for being a calm voice of reason, for actually being passionate about your major, and for being so unbelievably beautiful, inside and out.
Martin: You have that wonderful, sneaky kind of cool, and you just pull it out every so often and impress everyone. Thank you for sharing your fruit with me, for being so delighted by every beautiful thing we saw and sharing that with me, and for being a great back of the van buddy.
Emily: The way you came up to me that very first morning and excitedly told me how many different kinds of jam and jelly the continental breakfast had was so enchanting. You were so happy about something that no one else even thought about, the world needs more people like you. Thank you for always being in a good mood, for climbing on and around things like an adorable hip monkey and for not dying in Los Angeles.
To the whole group: You are all amazing!
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than in miles.” Tim Cahill