What is a road trip?
I tried looking up a definition in the dictionary but there isn’t one. So I Googled it, as you do. Here are some of the listings:
- the movie “Road trip” from 2000
- Road trip Beer Pong video from 2009
- a 6-piece band from Oshkosh, WI
- a term describing your journey through life
- and Wikipedia says ” a road trip is any journey taken on a road, regardless of stops en route. A long distance travelled by automobile.
Now the first two listings you can guess are some B-rated movies involving college guys chasing after women in some way or another. Okay, so that’s out for me.
I looked up the band and I’m guessing not my kind of music. ‘A journey through life’ I can understand but that’s more like a ‘map’.
So I’ll go with Wikipedia except that I think it is all about the stops en route. On my road trip last week, our destination was Baker City, Oregon, a town of about 10,000 people and close to the Idaho border. It’s 300 miles from Portland, our origination point. We left Portland early enough to be there before darkness, which comes at 4:00 p.m. in that part of the State in December. We didn’t make it.
We took every exit off I-84 to scour the landscape for forgotten lives: abandoned gas stations, old signs, restaurants that have been around for decades. Anything really that struck our fancy. My husband drives and I scout. I am fortunate that we share the same passions: photography and history. We’ll be cruising down the Interstate and if I see something I ‘think” might be interesting he’ll find a way to turn around and check it out.
Today I am sharing a slice of the American roadside along I-84 and its exits. These were all taken with a film camera, a 35mm Canon Elan 7 ne. It’s an interesting camera because it automatically senses the ISO of the film and it focuses on the spot where your eye looks. if you have a roving eye then I’m not sure how you’d focus, but I tried looking in different areas of my composition and sure enough, the focus spot changed. I took lots of photos on this trip with other cameras too: my Hasselblad with color film, my Holga 120N with Kodak Tri X 400, my new Lomography 360 spinner and the Lomo Kino 35mm movie camera. I get the negatives from these others next weekend when I will let you know how I did with these two new cameras from the Lomography people.
Until then, keep hitting the road. There’s a lot out there to see if you take the time to get off the main highways. I’m still waiting to do Route 66, but have to admit that I-84 across Oregon isn’t bad either.