Driving Weather.

May 21, 2014

Filed Under: Personal

Wow. It’s been a week since I’ve updated this little blog of mine. My absence has been a pretty tangible representation of what my life has been like these past several days. A friend recently suggested that I do a “Farewell Grand Rapids – Hello Los Angeles” post but I think I’m a little too drained and preoccupied to tackle that right now. You can expect some of those types of posts when I am more settled in my new home but for now, I have an hour before dinner and nothing else to do but write … or surf facebook. I’m choosing the prior. Rather than attempting to get into what I’ve been up to, I’d like to focus on what some of my late night evenings have looked like lately.

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It’s getting warm in Grand Rapids – finally. With the arrival of higher temperatures and the fact that I’m currently living at my family’s house, I feel like I’m thrown back into a nostalgic place that reminds me of summers in high school. My parents live a little out of the city and their home is completely surrounded by winding back roads. When I first had my driver’s license, I dedicated a significant amount of time and gas money to learning where each of these roads led, common intersections so I could always find my way back, but (most importantly) each and every sweet spot where the road dips at just the right angle to give me a little tingle in the pit of my stomach. (Pettis St. between Knapp and Cannonsburg, by the way. But be ready for an abrupt stop sign if you’re heading north.)

As I approached home last night, I decided to pass by my parent’s street and go out the back entrance of the neighborhood to some of my favorite “I’m not ready to go home yet” backroads. As time has passed, what used to serve as an exploration has now become saturated with familiarity. There’s no need for a GPS to dig me out of dead ends, and each potential out-of-the-way route is now measured by how many songs I can listen to before arriving back home. After a four song detour, I realized that my evening drives are about to turn into adventures again. (True, it sometimes may feel like more of a battle than a carefree excursion considering L.A. traffic, but that’s all part of the journey, right?)┬áThere is an entire network of roads I’ve never driven on, places I haven’t had gotten lost, and city views I haven’t seen.

Los Angeles, I can’t wait to bask in your constant summertime driving weather with my windows down and stereo on. I’m beginning to realize that this anticipation of unfamiliar late night drives may be approaching the top of my “Things I’m Looking Forward To” list. Well, that and guacamole that doesn’t cost the same as minimum wage. That, too.

6 Responses to “Driving Weather.”

  1. Gwyneth says:

    Such a beautiful post. I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes you in LA after this past year in Grand Rapids, which I can only imagine has been incredibly difficult. I was recently reading about the power of walking in exploring a new place. Maybe with all of the traffic you’ll find yourself wandering the streets, taking in the new sights and exploring new paths? I’m more than a little jealous of your upcoming move to warm weather (and cheap guacamole!).

  2. Alison says:

    So excited for your move and love how you spent time soaking up all the nostalgia from where you grew up. I experienced a lot of the same feelings – and did a lot of these same things – when I moved from Austin to Lansing. Though I go back to Texas often, this past winter was the first time I felt confused driving around and it (embarrassingly) made me cry a little. It felt like I was forgetting home. But I know it’s best to embrace change and new adventures to come, which I know you will do swimmingly. :)

    XO Alison

  3. Jessica says:

    How exciting! I love that you are embracing new adventures.

  4. Wow, that’s going to be a big move… and a big adventure! Allow me to be one of the first to welcome you to the west coast. :)

  5. Charity says:

    I did a similar move last October–packed everything I could into my little car and drove from Seattle to San Diego. In the last months there have been really hard times and really joyful times; moments where I feel so lonely but more moments where I feel certain I’m where I need to be at this point in my life. The ocean is good for the soul, and I’ve spent countless hours laughing in the sand and waves. You are so brave for this adventure! My boyfriend lives in LA & I am there often, I’d love to get together after you’re all settled in–or if you ever want to explore San Diego, let me know! Safe travels & cheers to new adventures!

  6. Heather P. says:

    I’m in the same boat right now! I’m making a cross-country move in July/August, and I’m doing my best now to enjoy Ohio before making the trip out west. Traversing unknown places is something I find great joy in, so I can’t wait for new roads to explore too!

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