First of all, I have never--and I really mean NEVER--been out of the state of Minnesota. Sad, I know. But I have been on a couple trips that had really LONG drives. I don't think you can call them traditional road trips since the drive was just a means to an end, but I would call them "mini road trips." But because I rarely leave the surrounding area of my hometown of Saint Paul, I always really enjoyed them.
The first one I can remember was when my 6th grade class went down to Lanesboro for a retreat of sorts to the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. And boy, am I glad that I was allowed to go. Those who didn't had to write a paper or something to get credit. It was the first time that I rode in one of those fancy buses, like the ones that take people to casinos. The problem with having so many people on the bus, though, was that I was too distracted to see anything outside. Although I'm sure that it was just a bunch of barns, horses and cows.
The second trip I remember was during my senior year when my high school's Key Club went to our Spring Convention in Willmar. I almost wasn't allowed to go on this one. The only reason I was able to was because of all the fundraising I did during the year and the trip was completely paid for. So I guess you could say I weaseled my in by the skin of my teeth. I was even able to go with the set up group a day early. The barn yard animals made another appearance on this trip, but it was getting to see what a real small town looked like. I'd only ever really seen them on TV. But I was glad that I wasn't distracted this time from seeing the outside world.
I really want to make a list of all the REAL locations in all the books I've read since I really got into reading in 2006, and make a road trip out of it. Yes, I know that is A LOT of places, but it could be split up into parts or something, and then I'd have a number of different road trips. Maybe split it up by region. I'd want to visit all the locations in the U.S. first, then travel to the different countries mentioned. Right now it's just a dream, but it would be great to make it a reality.
Sweet Evil Week 1 Reading
I'm not going to write a full review until I've finished the book at the end of the Read Along, but each week I'll share a snippet from one of my favorite scenes and a favorite quote.
Lascivious Concert (Page 14):
Now, with the drummer's absence of an aura, I was able to watch the muscles in his biceps and forearms flex as he slammed the drumsticks down in a whirlwind of precise movement. The beat was intoxicating, bumping each nerve ending inside of me. His whole body moved fluidly, jumping with the force of the beat, his face focused and sure.
I looked again at the red starburst on his chest. It was unlike anything I'd ever seen. I doubted he felt lustful at that moment, with his utter concentration on the music. It was weird. The song came to an end with the last crash of the cymbals; then he twirled the drumsticks in his fingers before tucking them under his arm. Jay was cheering, along with the rest of the crowd. I stood there in absolute awe.
A Favorite Quote (Page 71):
Instead, I pushed my hearing out to the dock and listened. It was silent. I focused my hearing around the house, scrunching up my face with the loud onslaught, and I said into the air: "I'm not finished with you, Kaidan Rowe."
From somewhere in the kitchen a solitary accented voice replied, "Likewise."
Despite the night's warmth, I got a chill.