I came away from our +4,000 mile road trip out West with the impression that I really hit the nail on the head in Blood and Soil: How Southerners Became a Separate and Distinct People.
The theme of that speech was that the South is a distinct bioregion. The climate and geography of the South had shaped its culture. The border with the Midwest and the East is less distinct than the border with the West. The border between the South and West is unmistakable.
It is one thing to understand these natural divisions like the 100th Meridian and the Continental Divide. It is another to cross them and observe the transition. We crossed over the 100th Meridian twice … first on the way in between Oklahoma City and Amarillo and second between Midland and Dallas. My smartphone certainly noticed the difference. It worked perfectly out West and gave me no trouble, but returned to displaying the annoying “moisture detected” drop as soon as we got to humid Louisiana.
East Texas is Southern.
As soon as we got past Dallas, we knew we were home. We were back in the hot and humid climate of Dixie in the Piney Woods. The land of BBQ and Buc–ee’s. Grass and trees. Critters.
Having driven across the desert from Los Angeles to Dallas, I have never been so glad to see trees. I can’t describe the feeling of immense happiness and psychological relief that I experienced when I was surrounded by trees again in the forests of north Louisiana. We spent the night in Winnfield, LA which was the home of Huey Long. The drive back home from Winnfield to Montgomery was uneventful.
Obviously, the sheer emptiness and vastness of the West is the most remarkable thing about it. You can look out the window and see nothing for a hundred miles. We enjoyed it. Needless to say, it is not the sort of place that you want to break down though when you are traveling with your family. Fortunately, we made it back home without any issues. No flat tires in the desert in the heat wave out there.
Of all the places we visited, we enjoyed rural Colorado the most. We really liked the pine trees and mountain streams. The Rockies are so beautiful that shitlibs want to live there. Beautiful places everywhere in this country attract rich assholes who buy up the land and drive out the natives. Laguna Beach in California is also beautiful and has the same problem with all the Pride flags that you see there. We finally got to enjoy a quiet day on the Pacific when we made our way down to Table Rock Beach.
We highly recommend visiting Chaffee County, CO, Table Rock Beach in Laguna Beach, the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ. We also enjoyed our stay in Arizona. We visited In-N-Out Burger, Wienerschnitzel, Dutch Bros Coffee and El Pollo Loco which are chains that we don’t have in the South. In Oklahoma, we stopped and ate lunch with one of our friends from Twitter who also reads this website. I wish I had more time to stop and meet other people on our trip, but we were traveling enormous distances every other day. It is an 11 hour drive from Phoenix to Midland, TX. Next time, we will have to add more stops.
Before this trip, I felt like I was well traveled. The South alone is an enormous area and I had visited every Southern state. I’ve been to most of the Midwestern states and as far east as Philadelphia. Traveling out West really made it seem like every place I had been in the South was like every other place. The difference between Alabama and Tennessee is negligible compared to, say, visiting New Mexico with its dust storms and tumbleweeds. The climate on the West Coast also threw me for a loop. I’m used to the Gulf of Mexico and the white sand beaches of Florida. Imagine wearing a hoodie on a beach in June!
States I have visited:
Things I will not miss about the West:
- Insane gas prices. Gas is $4.39 in Auburn which is insane for us, but not nearly as bad as paying over $6 everywhere in California and over $5 in Arizona and Nevada.
- Libtards. While we were on Huntington Beach, we heard some White girl explaining to her boyfriend that she was accused of being a “racist” and that as “the daughter of a lawyer” it is the “furthest thing from what I am.” Sure, you can run into these people anywhere, but we did encounter the infamous West Coast libtards. I was content to hide my power level.
- Emptiness. The novelty of driving through the desert wears off fast. I was happier among the pine trees in Flagstaff than in the landscape which resembles Mars where the Navajo live in northern Arizona and southern Utah.
- Homeless people. We tried to avoid the authentic LA experience. We didn’t even bother to check out Hollywood – a bunch of pedophile kikes and nutty celebrities – but we did a lot of homeless people on the beach in Santa Monica. We didn’t see any in Huntington Beach in Orange County.
- Gay stuff. It seems much more aggressive on the West Coast. I saw this in Santa Monica. I’ve never seen anything like this here. We also saw a PRIDE event in Salida, CO.
Things which I will miss about the West:
- In-N-Out Burger – Seriously, we went three times and loved it. My son loves to order the Double Double w/ Animal fries and watch us eat it. He learned about In-N-Out on YouTube. Auburn is getting a QT, a Buc-cee’s and a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. We already have Whataburger.
- Ecofash pine trees – The pine trees in the Rockies.
- Colorful parts of Arizona like Sedona – It is just a beautiful place. So different.
- Rocky lagoons – I wish I had more time to explore them on the Pacific.
My wife wants to return to Colorado in August.
I’m not sure if that will pan out. I definitely want to see the Northwest though. We will probably just fly into somewhere like Boise and explore the region on our next trip.