Sum It Up Sunday - Wide Open Spaces
The United States is so damn big that those of us who live here often never get to see all that much of it.
After doing my Around the World Journey (book to be coming soon, I promise), I realized that even though I'd seen a good chunk of the world I hadn't seen all that much of the good ol' US of A.
I've been remedying that since. Fist I wanted to see things that I hadn't in Colorado, where I have lived for over 20 years. So I headed down to Durango, up to Telluride, and camped outside of Salida to catch glimpses of the state I've called home for so long.
Last November I hit up New Mexico, Arizona and parts of Southern California that I was curious about.
The last few weeks have been my great Mid-West Adventure: Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Fargo (I mean, how many of you have been to Fargo?), and now I'm in Missoula, Montana. This adventure is partly to see what I haven't seen, and partly to see if one of these places calls to me and is where I will land next.
I've been camping for a good chunk of time. When we were young, my family camped for 3-4 weeks every summer. Car camping, yes, but out in the woods, getting our water from a pump, cooking our meals on a camp stove, and having to get up in the middle of the night, put on shoes, grab a flashlight and stumble through the woods to the bathroom (if you were a gal; the boys just peed out the door of the tent, the lazy bastards!).
Putting up your tent and sleeping out of doors is yet another way to really get a feel for this country. We spend so much time indoors that we often forget how nice it is to wake up on a cool morning to the sound of birds in the trees, the sun just rising and beginning to warm up the day.
This country is so much more than our own little bubbles. I urge you to get out there and experience it. You'll find places like the Dancing Rainbow Natural Grocery in Butte, MT. Or the Everest Tikkah House in Fargo, ND. The reason I mention these places of business rather than the myriad of National Parks or tourist sights is that you can easily find the latter, while the former are probably unknown except by the locals. Researching where to eat beyond the usual, where to shop other than a regular grocery store, lets you experience these places in a more involved way.
Get out there and see the USA and all its quirky, interesting, and tasty places from a different perspective.