Three Girls, One Month, Ten Thousand Miles

 Photo by Andrew Ruiz

Photo by Andrew Ruiz

Three Girls.

One month.

Ten Thousand Miles around the USA.

"Just your typical Road Scholars"

Over Exploration Term (Birmingham-Southern College's unique mini-term between fall and spring semesters)  Jenna McEachern, Sarah Gwin Moore, and myself embarked on a cross-country road trip. 

Throughout the month, we worked on a photojournalism project. We interviewed various people from across the country about their familial relationships. This, in essence, is how a family relates. It encompassed adoption, kinship, and marriage. It also takes into account the family roots and ethnic background. 

In thirty-four days, we managed to drive 10,030 miles across 30 states. Our stops, in order, included:

1. Charleston, South Carolina

2. Washington, D.C. 

3. New York City, New York

4. Chicago, Illinois

5. Badlands National Park in South Dakota & Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

6. Missoula, Montana

7. Seattle, Washington

8. Portland, Oregon

9. Coos Bay, Oregon

10. San Francisco, California

11. Los Angeles, California

12. Las Vegas, Nevada

12. Grand Canyon National Park, Horseshoe Bend, & Antelope Canyon in Arizona

13. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, & Arches National Park in Utah

14. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

15. Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

16. Santa Fe, New Mexico

17. Amarillo, Texas

18. Austin, Texas

19. Back home to Birmingham, Alabama

The three of us are truly so grateful for the experiences we had and are thankful that we attend such an innovative liberal arts college! 

Day 24: Thankful for what we could see and google searching what we couldn't #grandcanyon #arizona #trmt #floydandfriends

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Day 32: The lone star state and reunions with good friends make for a great last stop #floydandfriends #austin #texas #trmt

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