It is not uncommon to have friends move away to other states as time passes. As I have grown older, friends have left southern California for life and adventures somewhere else. So, as KC and I planned our road trip, we tried to create a pattern around the US that maximized the amount of friends we got to visit.
A couple of times, right before pulling up to a friend’s home, I would start to worry about whether we would have enough to talk about or if we would get bored hanging out together. Then we would get there and my worry would dissipate. Each time, we would stay up late talking or hanging out together, enjoying being around each other again. There’s a sweetness to watching the miles disappear between you and a friend and rekindling the friendship in a new place.
Visiting a friend in a new place and away from “normal” life (at least on our end) made the visit more concentrated, if friendships could be distilled. Or so my theory goes.
Meeting up with new friends that we met shortly before leaving to travel we also found ourselves staying up late and enjoying all the time we had with them.
Seeing old and new friends has been a highlight of this trip.
Other amazing friends we saw:
Note: Early on, we visited three other friends (Michael and Jessica Alzen in Boulder, Colorado and Michelle Bluth), but forgot to take pictures.