After a six-week hiatus from the project and social media, I’m logged back in and ready to begin the second leg of Stars and Screens. Before I hit the road once more—and tackle some serious writing sessions—this feels like the right moment to recap the summer leg of S&S, explain my pause in the project, and make plans for the upcoming fall trip.Read More
When I hitch-up Honeybear in the morning, especially when I hook the safety chains into place and wind the jack foot back into driving position, I sometimes imagine she’s a Conestoga and we’re headed for the frontier—then I hope I find a McDonalds with a spacious drive-through I can steer her around so I can get an egg McMuffin.
After a few ticks of the odometer over 5,000 miles, I can hitch and unhitch without second-guessing myself too much and I don’t have to remind myself to mentally add thirteen feet to the back end of my truck when changing lanes. I’ve become a better camper and the camper has taken care of me, but the miles have taken a toll on Honeybear. In order of appearance, here are the biggest camper issues I’m managing right now.Read More
After five months of preparation, the Stars and Screens project is just a few weeks away from its launch date. The first leg has been set in my sights for so long, it’s hard to believe that one day soon I’m actually going to hitch-up the camper and start driving north. When I slow down and think about it, I feel all the usual emotions of beginning a great adventure—excited, nervous, want to pump my fist in the air Breakfast Club-style-happy, but I also try to remind myself of the origins of the project and how much is left to do in this final stretch. So, I’m taking stock of the last five months and what’s ahead.Read More
The Project Rules:
I dreamed up this project one night in the midst of a depressed sleeplessness, so the only rules are the ones I set for myself. This what I’ve settled on.
Rule 1: If a state has a drive-in, I’ll go. So, Wyoming—one drive-in—I’m going. That’s it, the only rule.Read More
Stars and Screens is about drive-ins and the journey in-between; it’s a classic American road trip story. I’m expecting the trip to take more than a year, to cross just about every state in the Lower 48 (sorry Delaware—you’re out of the way and you have no drive-ins), and to be in near constant motion. So, you wouldn’t be crazy to wonder why I’m undertaking this adventure with only a tiny, thirty-five-year-old camper for shelter?Read More