Op-Ed: Here’s what I wish I’d known before road-tripping across America
This is the final week of our road-trip. We left on a Wednesday evening and the next day, we hit the road, driving about an hour and a half to New Jersey, from where we will be flying east on a three-hour drive.
We’ve got seven and a half days of driving ahead of us, and I’m so excited about this adventure – but I’m realizing, this isn’t what I thought this trip was going to be.
The trip up through the Northeast – where we will fly to Baltimore, travel to Boston, fly to Washington, DC, and then get to D.C. – was a pretty solid plan.
I originally set out to see all nine states in the contiguous U.S. – from New England to the Northwest to the Pacific Northwest. I was going to do this in about 16 days, and I was convinced, by the end of the trip, that I would be able to do it.
But then I got to Washington, DC.
I started this adventure with an intention of visiting all the federal buildings in Washington, DC – the Supreme Court, the White House, the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian – and that’s just what I accomplished.
But then there was the memorial to John F. Kennedy and there was the Holocaust Memorial. I don’t know about you, but for me, these two things made the trip. That’s the first time I was able to see the memorial to JFK and then go to the Holocaust Memorial – where there are hundreds and hundreds of photos of what happened during the Holocaust through the ages. And that’s when I started to realize, I’ve got a lot more to see in this trip.
And then I went to the Holocaust Memorial.
I’ve heard a lot about this Holocaust Memorial – but I’ve never been inside it. So this is going to be