By Jill Greenwood

So . . . where are you road tripping this summer? I’m road tripping to the same place I’ve been since I was 14: Springfield. Look at an almanac, and you’ll find about 30 Springfields throughout the United States, but there is only one that I call home: Springfield, Ohio. I moved to this Springfield when I was in the 8th grade. I didn’t want to, but my father’s job transferred positions, and we moved to Springfield. It was pretty much the way that my life went when I was in the middle school. Growing up, I didn’t know any different other than Springfield  and Young’s Ice Cream and Schuler’s Donuts and cruising High Street on a summer’s evening in July.

And every summer, the girls – my Jordan and Shelby – have gone back to Springfield (and Cambridge, Ohio) to visit their grandparents. Only recently have I been able to travel with them as I did this summer. Here is our official road trip from the summer:

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What images scream “road trip” in your mind? I’ll bet I’m not the only one who thinks of a turnpike whenever they hear that word. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t give 100% credit for the photos to my daughter, Shelby, for the images since she was more than happy to take the photos while I drove. Thanks, sweetie!



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  1. July 18, 2012

    I love all the shots that she captured. What a fun little road trip!

    • Jill #
      July 18, 2012

      The car can almost drive itself … we’re so used to the trip that I could set my clock based on the rest stops.

  2. joelynnej #
    July 18, 2012

    Love that slideshow. 🙂 Have fun!

    • Jill #
      July 18, 2012

      We are . . . tons and tons!

  3. July 18, 2012

    for me it’s field after field of corn. so many of our road trips are home to illinois. growing up it was trips to iowa. miles and miles of corn. i still love corn fields because of this. i think we’re done with road trips for the summer this year though. illinois was on the to do list, but i think it’s getting pushed into the fall. honestly, i’m not up for one any time in the near future.

    have fun with your girls!

    • Jill #
      July 19, 2012

      On a road trip to Nebraska, I would have been happy never to have seen another row of corn. But that usually means we’re nearing home once I see it now 🙂

  4. July 19, 2012

    I recently did a road trip of 2700 miles to go from Iowa to Dayton, Ohio (family thing) and then drive down to Houston, Texas by myself to return back to Iowa about a week after reaching Houston. All except 8 hours of that were completely by myself – the largest road trip I’ve ever had and definitely the most driving I’ve ever had!

    • Jill #
      July 22, 2012

      Holy cow . . . that’s a HUGE road trip! The best part of Iowa, from what I remember, was the ability to sit cross legged in the car and use cruise to drive from the steering wheel. And Texas? My limited experience was driving with three perfect strangers to get from Austin to San Antonio in the middle of the night . . . priceless!

      • July 23, 2012

        It was definitely an adventure! The amusing thing is that after a crazy and busy couple of weeks like that, I had problems sitting still this past weekend – my first down/no plans weekend in almost a month and a half!

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