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Missouri is not the size of Alaska, but the Show-Me State is no pipsqueak either. Being a statewide magazine, Missouri Life covers every corner of Missouri; consequently a certain amount of travel is involved. Luckily, most of my drives have been in the two- to three-hour range, although I do have at least one coming up that will be about four hours. But I don’t have to think about that one just yet.
On my last excursion, I compiled three different assignments into one trip, so as to save on gas funds I desperately lack. I went to Lexington for a house story and took pictures of their courthouse. Then I journeyed to Kansas City, about forty minutes from Lexington, for a wine tasting and some quick photos of the Amigoni Urban Winery.
I’ve always been a thrifty, so I’m all about consolidation and use as few of resources as possible to get a job done. So when my mumsy said I was crazy to do three assignments in one day, I just said, “psssh, mama please.” Granted, the next day I was slated to photograph an outdoors wedding all day. It proved to be a tiring, if not emotionally reassuring weekend. I was doing what I loved (and getting paid for part of it!) which was a great reassurance that I am going into the right line of work.
Traveling itself is tiresome, but it is also exciting. I love seeing new places, no matter how small or outdated the locale may be. Just seeing the world from a different perspective is enough to draw me away from home. Because I’ve lived in the same place for most of my years, it’s refreshing to go to a small town, or a big city, and ask them why they do what they do. People’s motivations are one of my biggest interests. It’s great to know who’s doing what, but it’s even better to know why. You learn much more about people and the world we all live in. It helps form your own opinions on life, and may even sway you in the future when deciding where you hunker down (if you ever do).
I feel my happiest in Missouri whenever I’m out on a trail hiking, gazing out upon expansive vistas or when I’m dipping an oar into a flowing river as wildlife envelopes me from all sides. It really does make you consider Earth more carefully whenever you’re, well, surrounded by earth and everything that naturally comes with it.
So I encourage everyone to travel, even if it’s just around your home state. I’ve lived in Columbia, Missouri for fifteen years, and I haven’t seen even a fourth of this state. I’m surprised by this every time I take off in a new direction.
You don’t have to go to Paris or The Great Wall to see how truly amazing the world is, it’s just outside your door, waiting to be explored.