Throughout this road trip from Portland, OR back home to NYC, we’ve had it in our minds that by the time we hit Asheville, NC (home to some of the best vegan food in the country), we’d be entering the last leg of the journey. It therefore seems appropriate that we happened to arrive on New Year’s Eve. I’m a sentimental sap, I know. To add even more poignancy, we are staying with Stewart David, who is a longtime activist and friend, and was also the very first guest on the Our Hen House podcast, three years ago almost to the date.
And so, Happy New Year! It’s a remarkable feeling, spending the holidays living out of a suitcase, connecting with incredible activists along the way. I’m thankful that I have figured out how to work from the car with (almost) no travel sickness, not to mention how to work through the night, as we’ve been camped out at motels that have been a mix of impressive and hideous (usually falling somewhere in between). I’ve also gloriously basked in the ability to watch our sweet dog, Rose, as she has digested this big astounding country, in her mysterious doggie fashion.
One of the most moving parts of the trip was driving through Alabama, which, of course, was at the epicenter of the civil rights movement. To think of how far society has come in so many ways ever since Martin Luther King marched from Selma to Montgomery – a route we drove just yesterday – effectively slaps me in the face with both humility and awe. I’m certainly not saying that racism is not still entrenched in our society, but when I think of the progress that has been made since then, I am left with hope – which seems like a positive and productive place to begin 2013.
In the interest of playing with the “record video” doodad on my computer, here are some more of our thoughts on the matter:
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