Friday, July 9, 2010

Travel journals

Today I listed this journal with a Wyoming map taken from a vintage atlas in my Etsy shop. This one highlights Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons. I recently watched the Ken Burns documentary, National Parks: America's Best Idea and loved it. It inspired a great urge to go west. (I also learned that Yellowstone is the size of Rhode Island and Delaware together!)

There was a great scene where a dad describes a trip to Yellowstone with his wife and two children. He had encouraged everyone in his family to keep a journal while on that trip, and they showed the entry from his young son recounting a particularly inspiring walk he took with his dad in the park. The man was welling up describing both the scene and the journal entry, and so was I.

I'm a firm believer that a journal is a place where you remember a journey in a way that you just can't capture in a photo or video. You can capture an emotion and set it down on paper in an exact time and place, when the feeling is alive and fresh. Reading those words bring a rush of memory in a way that is so unique. I particularly loved the idea of a whole family, each having a journal on the same trip. How will these experiences be different, or the same for this journey? How will this young man feel when he's older, reading through that journal, or making the same journey with his own family?


  1. Yellow Stone is Gorgeous! It's a wonderful trip to take and a journal for everyone in the family is a great idea. It would be so interesting to see the different opinions and things of each person from the same trip.

    I was a Geography Minor in College and I love map books. :) Just as a crazy tidbit, Yellow Stone is basically a series of underground volcanoes. Thus it creates great enjoyment for us, like Old Faithful. If that series of volcanoes were to blow, Idaho, Wyoming, part of Montana and half of Utah and Northern Colorado would be obliterated. Hopefully that won't happen anytime soon!

    And it's still great to vacation there because they have a team of scientists that are constantly monitoring the natural activity there and they would close if anything was out of the norm. :)

  2. You are so right!
    Journals are the best way to make sure you remember everything about a special trip.