This weekend, we took a 3 day trip exploring the state in our car. This route was filled with sites that we are quite familiar with and have visited several times (North Cascades, Leavenworth, Chelan), along with a few items we’ve never seen (Winthrop, and finishing the North Cascades highway). It was, like the many other road trips we’ve taken (both the long-term ones, and the short ones), wonderful.
But more important than the trip itself, I think we developed a real sense of “our road trip style” this weekend. You know how you can do something with a group of people a few times and enjoy it… but only after a few more times of meeting, you really get a sense of “us as a team”? Well, that type of “team sense” really grows on a trip like this. Apart from that, there are several things that happen on a Kniffin Road Trip, that I think will become something we think of as “our thing”:
- conversations that I didn’t expect: you ever notice that good conversations tend to happen when you’re not looking at each other? Like on a walk, or while you’re doing a separate activity? they just tend to “bubble up”- feelings you have, or thoughts you’ve been dwelling on, or just something that’s been inside for a while, but took a while for you to articulate it.
- cool things to see: this happens especially when you are around natural beauty.
- opening your eyes to the wider world: I suppose this is one of the key beauties of travel, but when you see something different: a different accent, a different landscape, a different attitude, a different culture… it widens your perspective and you cultivate a sense of how wide and wonderful the world can actually be
- a ‘Team Spirit‘: this goes back to the beginning of this post, but the fact that you experience these things together is really quite special. I think that ‘Team Spirit’ extends two ways:
- First, it’s really cool that we experience these amazing things (parks, parties, family reunions, roller coasters, etc) together, so that particular experience become something we can recall together. In other words, it becomes the type of thing you say, “hey, remember when _______ happened?”, and you laugh about it.
- But there is a second, more important effect to the ‘Team Spirit’ that is affected: you start to think of yourselves as ‘the type of people who do this sort of thing’… you think, ‘yeah, we’ve gone to _________, and seen ___________, and even braved ________’… which means that we’re the type of people who also __________. When your self-concept is affected like that, it affects how you see yourself, and how you imagine the possibilities for life going forward.