Road Trip Inspiration

Road Trip Inspiration

The second quarter challenge is all about finding inspiration wherever you might be. We recently took a road trip across the US, spent a week in New York City and then drove home again. I hope you will indulge me and take a look at a few of the inspirations I saw on my trip.

Here’s a map of the trip which covers approximately 2,500 miles. The red bit at the end is the trip on Amtrak from my sister’s house in Richmond, VA to NYC.

This was a photo I took coming across the US. I think it might be in South Dakota but I have forgotten where exactly.

Edgar went with us and although he is supposed to stay in the back seat, he loves to look out the windshield to make sure we are going in the right direction.

It was amazing to see how many plants and trees were blooming as we got closer to the east coast. I think this photo was taken in Indiana or Illinois. The redbud trees were blooming all along the highway.

Once we got to Richmond, we took the Amtrak up to New York City. Penn Station was a real mess when we arrived, they are doing a massive construction project. We had a bit of an issue figuring out the correct subway, the one we thought we should take was blocked off due to construction. We had a great adventure walking in the rain, hauling our suitcases and bags for 20+ blocks.

One of our first adventures in NYC was to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. In the past, we have been to the NYC Botanical Gardens but this one in Brooklyn is beautiful and well worth the visit. I spared you all the photos I took there and just shared the highlights.

After lunch, we decided to visit the Brooklyn Zoo since it is in the same area as the botanical gardens. It was a beautiful day to stroll outside.

If you haven’t been to NYC before, you might not know about all the wonderful mosaics in the subway stations. This is one I hadn’t seen before.

Another fun side trip was taking the ferry to Governors Island. It’s only a short 7 minute ride but it takes you right out of the city. You can even go “glamping” there!

If you were wondering about Edgar, he didn’t go to NYC with us. He stayed with my sister’s neighbor. Here’s a photo she sent of him watching out the window at her house.

Here’s Times Square where they had an installation about design. The metal structure on the lower right was an interesting addition this month. And of course, you can always entertain yourself with people watching.

Walking through Central Park is another fun source of inspiration. We always end up doing a lot of walking when we’re in the city. We also visited a couple of museums but I didn’t get any photos. I did do some research about ancient felt making patterns at the Met’s Museum Watson library. If you ever get a chance to visit the library, I highly recommend it.

We returned on the train to Richmond and then took off on the way back to Montana (another 2500 miles).

Edgar is watching me on the morning we were leaving my sister’s house to make sure that I didn’t leave without him.

The last couple of trips we took across country, we took our camper but this time we stayed in motels. I have decided taking the camper is the best way to go.

If you have been in a South Dakota rest stop, you will have seen one of these structures. There is even one of the rest stops with a statue entitled Dignity that you might want to see. I didn’t get a photo this time as there was construction around the statue. But you can click on the link above to see it.

The next step with these inspiration photos is to come up with some ideas for a sample for the second quarter challenge. Which photo inspires you?




21 thoughts on “Road Trip Inspiration

  1. The two photos that made me go ‘WOW’ were the mosaic of the face and dignity.

    But for challenge inspiration I like the fungi in the tree, the rocks on the shore, the redbud trees, the Manhattan buidlings and all of the Edgar photos.

    I couldn’t attempt a driving trip of that magnitude – 5,000 miles! – you must be made of stern stuff.
    I have to brace myself to drive the 36 miles to Annie’s 🙂

    1. Thanks Lyn! We have done this same trip three times in the last two years. The interstate highways here make driving pretty simple. Now if we just didn’t have so much truck traffic! How long does it take you to drive to Annie’s?

    2. On a day of no hold-ups it takes me 55 minutes (it takes Annie 45 – I drive slower) but during rush hour, road works or a nice beach day it can take a lot longer. The longest journey time I’ve experienced is 2 hours 45 minutes!

  2. Wow, how long did the journey take? I suppose when you live in such a large country such distances as you’ve just done are fairly commonplace. Like Lyn, I find the thought of “long” distance travel in the UK a bit off-putting.
    Lots of inspiration in your pictures. I actually like the pattern on the cushion that Edgar is sitting on whilst keeping an eye on you. It makes me think of a sliced & polished geode.
    I liked the Mahonia berries too – did you know that the plant (I think all parts) is a substantive dye? I’ve just planted one in my garden and hope to have a play with that sometime.
    I also liked the fungi in the tree. It’s just the sort of place that gnomes might hide in!

    1. Thanks Ann! It was 4 1/2 days of driving to the east coast and 4 1/2 days back. We spent a week in NYC. We are used to long distance driving. My parents drove us all over the US and Canada when I was a child.

      I have often thought about doing natural dyeing but that seems like a “passion” all on its own. I’m not sure I have enough time for that.

      The tree with fungi did look like a gnome home:)

  3. What a road trip! I often think having a camper and travelling far distances is a wonderful adventure. You seemed like you had a lot of fun 🙂

    The mosaic looks to be one of Chuck Close’s. He died less than a year ago and has a fascinating story: did you know he couldn’t recognise faces? It’s a type of aphasia. If you notice, the portrait is painted in sections, and that’s what he saw. He painted each section and, once they came together, we could see the person depicted. I often wonder how Chuck Close saw his own work.
    If you get the chance, look into his life and work. He is an example of resilience and talent 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Leonor! It is Chuck Close’s work, I looked him up as you recommended. I only saw the one mosaic but there are 12 altogether. I have to remember to go back to that subway station to see all of them. His story is very interesting and I will have to study his work more.

      We had a good time and it’s always fun to visit NYC. Loads of art and culture and fun things to do, not to mention all the delicious food 😉

  4. What a lovely post, and how nice to be able to follow your travels. Thank you!

  5. I loved this post so much. We went to NY for my 50th birthday nearly 20 years ago. I loved it so much. Favourite trip was out to Ellis Island, oh and central Park. From your pics I’d be inspired by the fungus in the tree and NY skyline from the water.

    1. Thanks Cathy! I’m so glad my post brought back good memories for you. Ellis Island is a wonderful place to visit. We were there on previous visits. There’s always interesting places to see and we try to find new places with each trip.

    1. Thanks Kristina, Edgar gets to go almost everywhere we go. One of the reasons we drove was so Edgar could come with us. We rescued him two years ago and he has been the most amazing companion.

  6. Great pictures Ruth. I have fond memories of travelling in by car with a trailer for 3 weeks every summer when I was a kid.
    Edgar looks like he enjoyed the drive but not being left at your sisters. I bet he was so happy when you got back to him.
    I went to NYC once when I was about 10 or 11. We didn’t do much but I remember the clime up the statue of liberty, central park and the laundry lines way up high between the buildings in Brooklyn.

    1. Road trips were what we did in the summers too. Edgar is always happy to go. He was really excited when we got back but then he was ready to go back to the neighbors house. I climbed up the Statue of Liberty when I was a child too. They don’t let you climb up anymore.

  7. What a great trip, and your photos are really neat. Brian loves to drive, so we are ready to adventure out, anywhere! We drove from Michigan to Arizona, in 2010, to see my parents. I said it would be my only cross country drive, and I wanted to see several national parks, as I would never agree to it again! It was such a great experience, I can’t wait to do it again. The first photo that hit me for a neat felting project was the white chipping paint. I agree with the others that the fungi in the tree would be nice as well. I have never been to NYC, and it is definitely on my bucket list. Love the mural tiles…the colors are vivid and happy! Thank you Lindsay for the artist’s name.

    1. Thanks Capi, cross country road trips are always interesting and you see such different things. NYC is fun to visit, you could go there over and over and not see everything. I hope you will be able to take a road trip soon.

  8. What an amazing road trip & we have only seen the highlights of your photos! From my experiences driving in the States, you measure distance travelled in days whilst we measure it in hours….which comes as a total shock to our system initially, but after a few days is totally understandable in the BIG wide open space.

    Don’t we learn a lot with these posts….Dignity & Chuck Close.

    Thanks for a great post. Forgive me being so slow with this comment!

    1. Thanks Antje, we definitely have big, wide open spaces especially in the west. The east coast not so much 😉

      I always learn new things from other people’s posts too. Such fun!

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