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Texas road trip 2015 - Texas USA

2015 into 2016

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Took a family road trip to celebrate the new year. We were in search of warmer weather, escaping the snow of the northern midwest in Minnesota and Iowa. However, the cold grips of the north followed us, as Texas had freezing temps and ice storms a few of the days we were there. But there were sunny days too. Below are notes that I took during the drive, that I ended up stumbling upon years later. It compares the trip we were on with other road trips from years past. It was also about 25 years after a previous trip to Texas.

trip notes & lessons learned

1) New Beginnings
Flashback: 1988 to Canada. This road trip was about so many new experiences. As soon as we left: new roads; new states; new sites; a new country.

2016. As we take off, its a different story. We're driving down familiar roads and by familiar cities. Now we're not in such awe by each passing mile. These are places that we've been before, but these places have changed. Some have advanced and improved, while others are stuck in time and are trying to cling to the past.

Lesson learned: Appreciate all the new experiences you come across: They may not be as shiny the next time around.

2) Long Travel
Flashback: 1992 to the Northeast. We're hitting the interstate with a long schedule ahead of us through New York and all over New England. We're playing road travel games, singing along with the radio, eating fast food, and relying on paper maps to guide us.

2016. Hello technology and priorities. We're using Google maps on our phones and tablets to stay off the main highways to guide us through what is sold as the real America. We're also using apps to find healthy organic food, the best deals on hotels, and to help pass the time. Unfortunately the back road small towns aren't keeping up. They are showing their age and their lack of understanding of tech will be their ultimate downfall. Good food, quality hotels, and Instagram worthy entertainment just isn't there.

Lesson learned: Appreciate the advance of science and technology, for it offers help. Make sure to respect their advance or you may suffer a low slow death.

3) Site seeing
Flashback: 1991 to Georgia. We're seeing sites and visiting family. Two great instances to take pictures. Taking pictures on a film camera; film that will be developed two weeks after we return home.

2016. The first family vacation with live tweeting and an Instagram following. Updates and pictures are on Facebook immediately. Our friends don't have to ask how the trip went when they see us next, they can follow the happenings in real time.

Lesson learned: The immediate social sharing can open up great new opportunities. However, a picture can't truly capture the thrill of climbing a mountain and viewing the scenic countryside with your own eyes. A Facebook post can't replace time with family and friends. A tweet can't cover the 140 human characters that you will meet, interact with, and be entertained by on the road.

4) Overall

One of the quiet but defining moments of this trip was standing in front of the Texas state capital in Austin, almost exactly 25 years later after the last time we took a picture from the same spot. The simple yet powerful message is clear: time marches on.

We age. The buildings and sites we visit will eventually wear down. Twenty five years can go by in the blink of an eye. So get out and be active, go on a vacation, and enjoy it.

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Posted by MurkTravels 19:52 Archived in USA Tagged history family usa texas roadtrip austin 2015 2016

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