Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby you can drive my car

Last week, it occurred to me that I had never taken myself for a long drive, just for the sake of a drive. Sure, my family drove the Alpine Loop just for the scenery together. Once. But I've never been on such a drive all by myself.

So, Saturday, I did just that.

I drove from my house to Waynesboro, VA, via I-66W and I-81S, picked up some lunch (and a cherry limeade) at Sonic, then entered the Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive via Rockfish Gap and drove ALL 105 miles north through the park, driving home via 1-66E.

It took 9 hours.

But for scenery like this, a gorgeous sunset, the most perfect road trip playlist in the known universe (I didn't skip one song and I always end up skipping songs on playlists I think will be great), and the confidence that I can have such an adventure? I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Click here for a map of my drive.

Sunset in the west:
Moonrise in the east:
Vintage-esque photos taken using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. And don't worry, I took pictures from my driving POV with my shifting hand only when it was free and it has a giant yellow button that I could see out of the corner of my eye. I didn't actually compose the pictures, which is why they might be off-balance or extra fuzzy.


Heidi said...

Gorgeous. My family has always gone for drives just because--my dad used to pile all of us in the car on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, just because. I love solo drives and hadn't done one for a long time until I took my mom to Mirror Lake. :) I'm glad you went! I LOVE drives!

Myrna said...

Awesome pictures! I love the third one--that must have been a breath-taking sight!

Giggles said...

We also did the Sunday afternoon drive thing. Even though they often ended up with me being car sick.

I love driving. There's something about it that's so relaxing. Especially down state roads where you have to go a bit slower than on the interstate.

I still fondly remember my drive cross-(most)-country. That was a fabulous summer.