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The American Spirit Part 1

October 1, 2012   

Before I continue on with stories about daily existence in Washington, D.C., I want to tell you about what I did for the entire month of August!

A fellow Hamiltonian, Sam Finklestein, and I took a road trip across America. Starting in Boston, we picked up a friend in Santa Barbara, California, and then the three of us went all the way back — wild huh?! We went from Boston to Charlottesville, Va., to Nashville, Tenn., to Hot Springs, Ark., to Austin, Texas, to Lubbock, Texas, to Sante Fe, N.M., to the Grand Canyon to Sedona, Ariz., to Los Angeles, Calif., and then to Santa Barbara where we picked up the third member of our road trip, Bryce Lupoli.

Some memorable moments include Austin, Texas, which was crazy interesting! They had food trucks all over the place, and it was delicious. We stayed with a fellow rugby player, Bryce Timm, who showed us a great time.

Lubbock, Texas, was just a stopping point on our trip, but it was such spontaneous fun. Sam and I found a café and played Uno for three hours. Very random, but we had a great time. We probably went to bed at midnight and woke up four hours later to go to what is called “Cadillac Ranch” at sunrise. Have you heard of it? It’s basically 10 Cadillac cars half buried in the ground, and people do graffiti on it. Being there at sunrise was wild! 

THE GRAND CANYON? Grand is right! I always had this misconception that it was just one spot, but there are tons of viewing points, and you can even go into the valleys.

Throughout the first half of our trip we stayed with some friends and meet up with others. We were really lucky to know fellow students and friends stretching from one coast to the other. We got tours of the best cities in the United States by some of our best friends at Hamilton.

(Cheers to Gina Goldberg '14 and Bryce Timm '15 for their hospitality and showing us a great time!!)