Road Trip and Adventure: Maryland to Arizona

I’m in Tennessee right now! I’m on my way to Arizona!

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I’m not even sure where to start, because as sudden as this might seem to you if you’re hearing about it for the first time, it feels almost as sudden to me.

I’d been planning a lengthy trip to Berlin for this fall, but for several reasons, it just didn’t work out. The idea to go out to Arizona instead popped up somewhere along the way. As time went on and Berlin started to look less likely, the Arizona idea became a solid option. For the past few weeks I’ve been preparing for the trip little by little, but without getting too invested in it. Part of me wasn’t sure that it would actually happen, and even up until late last week I still wasn’t 100% sure. Since I’m in Tennessee, I think it’s safe to say that yes, it’s happening! I’m going to Arizona!

Now that I’m on the way, I’m so very excited! I need a change of pace, and I need to see new things. I can get stuck in a rut if I stay in one place for too long, and I find that long-ish trips are good for me to reset and re-imagine my life and my goals.

I’ve been questioning whether a creative career path is really right for me. Whether I “have what it takes” or have the personality to really commit to it and make things happen. My goal for the next month or two is to get stuff done. I have several projects that I’ve had in my head, and they always seem to be put on the back burner. I have the best of intentions of doing something with them, but other tasks always seem to take priority, or else my laziness, procrastination and self doubt get in the way.

Ok, so I’m getting a little philosophical here, but essentially, it’s time for action! I’m giving myself this time, and if I still don’t make progress on at least some of my goals, I’m going to pursue other career possibilities. But for now, creativity and adventure await!

I’ll be driving to Arizona by way of Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.

I’ll be staying at my brother’s cabin which is in a little town in Arizona right across the border from New Mexico.


Although you might not think of pine trees when you think of Arizona, the cabin is most definitely in the woods!

Looking north

There are open areas and mountains nearby. Mountains!

The drive to Luna Lake

I got everything done that needed doing before I left: got my car checked out and a couple tires replaced, bought new hiking shoes, mapped my route, packed up clothes and art supplies, made a road trip playlist, etc.


Today was my longest driving day at 9 hours. I got on the road at around 8am and took my time getting here, stopping for breaks as often as I wanted. I had a lot of good music and the gorgeous scenery of the Smoky Mountains to keep me going.

My next stop will be in Arkansas. I booked a hotel near a state park, so I’m planning to get on the road early to have the chance to check out some scenic spots while there’s still daylight.

If I have internet in any of the hotels along the way, I’ll likely update here again, otherwise it’ll have to wait til I get internet setup at the cabin. Either way, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my road trip and Arizona adventure!

6 Replies to “Road Trip and Adventure: Maryland to Arizona”

  1. Wow, have fun! I’m sure all of that alone time will give you a chance to hash out all those ideas in your head – and talk about inspiring! I can’t wait to hear and see all about it!

  2. This sounds like an amazing adventure! I hope you have a safe and fun roadtrip and find the space you need in Arizona. Your artwork is beautiful! I hope this works out for you.

  3. Anika, I’m cheering you on from Portland! Can’t wait to see what Arizona gives you in terms of inspiration– even if you don’t pursue a creative career, stay creative in your life– it’d be sad to lose that part of yourself! Happy adventuring!

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