May 24, 2009
Hop in, we gotta go.
Sling got me thinking about road trips. My cousin Andy from Germany once told me that he admired how Americans are so adventurous. He says Germans turn everything into a production. They have to plan out every detail and only drive somewhere if they have loads of vacation time. "You Americans, you just get in your cars and go. Even if you only have one or two days. Germans would say it's too much trouble." Isn't that part of the beauty of an automobile? Given enough time between now and the start of my next work day, I can go anywhere I damn well please.
Andy's comments were prompted by a one day road trip to Niagara Falls about ten of us took. The falls are only about 260 miles from us. Head out early enough in the morning and you can get there and back in one day with five hours for sightseeing. It is definitely worth it. Niagara Falls is not technically one of the seven natural wonders of the world but since I can't take a road trip to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls, it will have to do.
Living in Detroit we have limited sight seeing options when visitors come to town. Niagara Falls is one of our go-to destinations. The falls are pretty impressive. There's a spot you can stand in at the observatory where you are only about ten feet from the falls. The water sprays you in the face as it tumbles over the edge. The power of that water is too hard to describe, it's mesmerizing. If you ever get the chance to go, do it!
In another blog post I wrote about a day trip from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, which IS one of the seven natural wonders of the world. How can you pass up the chance to go see that when you are so close? Seeing awesome, interesting things is definitely one big draw of a road trip. But the thing I remember most about road trips is the getting there. Road trips are always with friends and family. Everybody hops in the car and anticipation is high. Who doesn't love an adventure? Let the good times begin.