There are a few things that make American summers unique. 4th of July barbecues, fireworks and of course...the great American Road trip.
Last summer Miss Julia and I embarked on an unprecedented Handwork Studio event by taking our one of a kind summer camp on the road; well not just on the road, but on the highways, byways, bridges and tolls of the U.S. making stops in Texas, Colorado, New Jersey and Maryland.
What made the experience so great is hard to pinpoint, if not impossible. You just can’t put into words the awesomeness of a denim covered van filled with fabric pulling into a national park for a night of camping, or the way a new group of families and kids look at you the first time that they see you in your Handwork Studio apron. And quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to have to pick just one great thing…I WANT THEM ALL!
People often ask Julia and I if being on the road was difficult. What it was like being in the van driving for 14 hours a day. How often we stopped at gas stations or rest stops. Our answers are always the same, “Oh, it was so much fun!” However, at some point though Miss Julia does mention the fact that I shouted “COWS!” at every bit of cattle we drove by in open country pastures. No, really, every cow I saw I shouted it. I really like cows.
So, if I had to pick my favorite things or activities about our trip it would be these:
Stopping at farm stands in Texas and buying pickled okra and fudge
Taking Sheepy to the beach for the first time (most sheep never see sand)
Learning how to pitch a tent
Seeing the top of Pike’s Peak
Making it from Colorado to Pennsylvania in 36 hours