taking a road trip- even a short one from los angeles to scottsdale, arizona, is just about one of the most quintessential american experiences. and though one can take road trips in many countries, there is something about doing it in the states that really brings the feeling of being home back to life for me.
en route, i enjoy the mundane and the extraordinary. driving along long stretches of freeways holds both. there is the banality of strip malls, gas stations and billboards advertising everything from gaming casinos to luxury outlet shopping. treasures, such as driving into the sunset and watching the landscape suddenly transform into a beautiful photographic tableau. and just about everything in-between, including giant statues of prehistoric animals stuck to hillsides like beacons of suburban civilization. even jurupa california can hold some wonder for the road weary traveller.