When I’m on a vacation, be it a month-long backpacking trip or weekend jaunt, each day I plan to leave a section of Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road. I might leave it in a B&B guestbook, tuck a note behind a hotel painting or write it on a dollar bill I spend at a hot dog stand. In any case, I’ll be tracking where I leave the poem here. I call it The Open Road Project. Click on the stanzas below to find out where they’ve been left and track the poem’s progress here.
I left the twenty-first section of the poem at an overlook we stopped at on the way home. Just as we were leaving Hot Springs, Shawn noticed a street called Lookout Loop and we pulled onto it and found ourselves at a private overlook kept up by some good samaritans who own the property and wanted to share their lovely view. It’s always a little sad driving home after an amazing time with friends, so it was great to have a moment to stop and contemplate the wonderful time we’d all just had.