About two weeks after last semester ended an opportunity arose that I couldn't pass up. Two of my friends were roadtripping to Austin, Texas and then homeward bound to Philadelphia! I had some money saved and I wanted to surprise my sister for her birthday...so I went for it.
The first leg of our adventure was to drive straight south to Tucson. This is about a 4 hour drive with like a 20 degree increase in temperature. It seems pertinent to mention that we were in an '87 Diesel Mercedes Benz with no air conditioning. I may or may not have wimpered about this as we approached the shimmering heat of southern Arizona. Of course...we're all Prescott College students so eventually we were saying things like "Wow, brah, this heat is mega cleansing...I feel like all the toxins are totally leaving my body and my vibes are all aligned...Let's go charge some crystals." But seriously...and we meant it.
Once we made it to Tucson it was time for a break so we got some lunch and made a new friend:
From this point we drove drove drove east through New Mexico and into West Texas. Texas has a lot of really threatening signs regarding littering...it's cool. Seriously do NOT mess with Texas when it comes to littering... Driving through El Paso was strange. We took a moment of silence for the women in Juarez. It was very emotional and we talked about it for awhile, driving through the night.
Eventually we made it to Fort Stockton, Texas which is one of the WEIRDEST places I've ever been. Seriously soooo weird - and I'm from New Jersey! Home of some of the weirdest stuff on earth! After parking in front of a gentleman's club to rearrange the car (it was closed..this was at like 3:30am) we headed over to Walmart and slept in the parking lot. I forgot to mention that at some point the humidity kicked in and all of our water bottles started sweating and my hair got really puffy. It was awesome.
I woke up early the next morning with quite the neck cramp. My friends were still sleeping so I naturally decided to go into the Walmart and try on some swim suits. This outrageously fun 6am activity proved fruitless. I may be from Jersey but I can't rock swim suits featured on the Jersey Shore. And apparently one pieces are only meant for older women?...it was very discouraging.
After some breakfast we were on the road again and by 4pm we made it to Austin! Oh wait I forgot to mention our flat tire...that was exciting.