Friday, April 4, 2014

of cranes, cars, and cornfields

Hello, April. Hello, you!

I'm singing to Connor Garvey today, windows open wide, sun shining in. Spring may just be on her way to South Dakota. I can see grass where snow was recently thick. Tulip greens are hanging on, hanging on, hanging on.

Me too.

Recently, my husband, mother-in-law, and I dodged the snowstorms and set off on a quick road trip to Nebraska. Nebraska in March? Yep, if you didn't see it on the news, Nebraska's a hotspot this time of year . . . when a huge percentage of the world's population of sandhill cranes pause on the Platte river during their migration.

Oh. Gasp. Yes! It's as magic as it sounds.

It felt so good to roll along the prairie, nothing but open sky and cornfields to keep us. After a stir-crazy winter, soaking up all this openness--not a wall in sight--was just what I needed. And the cranes . . . oh, my goodness, there are no words for the otherworldliness of their calls to one another . . . the way they swooped, swirled, and swarmed . . . and finally gathered in one great singing mass over the river as the sun sank below the water.


And, of course, we can't forget the stops along the way--greasy spoons, random strange bathrooms (like one in the back room of a hardware store, the only open building we could find), vibrant murals, photo ops (bless you, my travel partners, for your patience), cornfields of cranes, and . . . my surprise favorite . . . Carhenge!

There's nothing quite like a road trip to widen your horizons . . . literally. Where have you wandered lately, friend? What favorite memories do you have from being on the road? Any plans to hop in the car and go somewhere this year? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments.

With love,

PS: Road trips and random fun adventures are one way to juice up your thirsty spirit. We're celebrating REVIVE month at Sprout magazine, digging deep to explore what feeds us, fills us, saves us, soothes us. Revival may be closer than you think. Come along, beloved--you are so worthy of care. Let us nourish you, through sixty soul-satisfying pages of poetry, handpainted backgrounds, scribbled love notes, heartfelt interviews, and more.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Hi Amanda, I followed your trip by instragram! I love your photos. Nebraska seems a great destination. I love road trips, I'm planning a trip to the north of Canada, Yukon, where now in the summer is sunny 24 hrs. My kids are still small, so a road trip north will not be soon. Now I stick with flying and always south.