I have been writing these posts about our trip now a few weeks after arriving. It has been a good way of looking back at what we did and how we have changed since. I am going to continue sharing photos from the trip, but I also want to talk a little bit about being in Maine again.
I first came to the state in 2000 to attend the Maine College of Art. I stayed in Portland for five years and loved it. Having grown up in New Hampshire though I felt like I needed to go travel and live somewhere else just to get the experience. I thought that I should see what other places are out there and just see what happens. A few friends were moving out to Oregon and an old friend already there had a room. I took that chance and traveled basically to the furthest point without meaning to by train.
I spent eight hears in Oregon. I would fly home once a year and visit family and old friends. Once a year though got to feel really sad to me. I didn’t like having to leave my family in their lives to resume my own. I wanted to feel move connected with them again.
When Stuart got into the Arts Education program at MECA, I knew that it was finally time to return home. I loved my time in Oregon and felt that I was successful with my art career there, but I was ready for a change.
Now I am in Maine again with Stuart and our little dog Topher. Some things have changed and some are new. Someone recently brought up that it is like Rip Van Winkle and I agree completely. In some ways it feels like my Oregon life was a weird dream to me. I am working at my last job that I had while in Maine and that makes things even weirder.
For some reason I felt like sharing this with my readers since it will now affect how I write my posts from the trip. I am writing in the mindset that I have traveled and safely arrived. The trailer is still at my Mom’s house, yet that hopefully will soon be coming to stay in my yard. I will excitedly share this once it happens! That is when I feel as if it will be time to start making the pieces for my generous Kickstarter contributors.
So, here we go onto the post and here is day 6:
Our morning began in Wall Drug. We got our 5 cent coffee and a little breakfast. We enjoyed the art around us again and got fueled for our drive.
One of our first stops was in the Badlands. We filled up the truck with gas and started towards it.
Topher was excited to start our journey as well.
The Badlands of South Dakota were impressive.
An intense thunder and lightening storm followed us on our trip here. This is one of the only places that I drove on this trip. I drove for about five minutes just to see what it was like and to finally give Stuart the opportunity to look and take photos while driving. He was getting upset with me that I was watching the road and not the amazing scenery that was around us.
Topher a little nervous about the thunder and lightening coming near us.
Once we left the Badlands the green of the farms stood out intensely.
Since we spent a lot of time stopping and taking photos in the Badlands we only made it to Austin, MN. We spent the night at a parking lot in Walmart and rested soundly.