NOT FROM AROUND HERE

sidney had texted me one day, "hey, do you want to go on a road trip with me and 2 other girls?" i had no other information, but i said yes. and it was going to begin the day after i moved out to california. i had slept 1 day at my new house and i was already off on an adventure with 2 girls i had just met and sidney, who i hadn't known super well at that point. i was nervous. being an introvert, i couldn't believe i was going to spend 3 weeks with 3 girls i hardly knew.

saying yes to that was the best thing i might've ever done in my life. those 3 weeks on the road changed me. those girls changed me. i consider them some of my best friends now. not only did i get to see so many beautiful places, but i learned so much. about myself, about how to overcome complications (like van problems and sliding down an icy hill at 180 degrees and some more van problems), about sharing your story with others, and about saying yes.

i can't believe the people we met along the way. adventurers, locals, other van owners, old friends, grandparents, family members. the kindness of others is the biggest thing i took away from this trip. people willing to share their homes so we don't have to sleep in the van when it's 20 degrees outside. people who baked us cookies. people who stopped to see if we were okay when we parked our van on the side of the road to check instagram (lol). people who helped us blow up our tires. people who stopped to see if we were okay when we were sliding down the icy hill (okay, mostly he just watched us slide). people who helped us start fires when we couldn't and were starving and just wanted some spaghetti-o's. people who just simply sat with us and told us their stories. i just couldn't believe it. people are good.

i took gopro videos throughout the whole trip and made them into this little video. this trip was the best thing i could've done for myself and i miss those girls like crazy.