Two Drifters: Off To See The World

10th December, 2013

Moon River, wider than a mile / I’m crossing you in style someday / Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker / Wherever you’re going I’m going your way
Two drifters off to see the world / There’s such a lot of world to see // We’re after the same rainbow’s end ~ waiting round the bend / My huckleberry friend / Moon River and me. – Johnny Mercer, Moon RiverTwoDrifters1The world is too big and too beautiful, and while I’m alive in it I’m determined to see every inch I’m able to ~ from the Great Wall of China to the Grand Canyon. We found ourselves in California the week before Thanksgiving, and decided that slowly working our way toward Texas for the holiday made more sense than scurrying back to New York City. The American Southwest is the stuff of dreams, and the only way to properly see it is by embarking on an epic road trip.TwoDrifters3In short, we saddled up our horse and hit the open road.TwoDrifters4We rented a Silvercar, which proved to be a life-changing revelation in travel for me. Have you heard about this service yet? Someone has taken the easiness of apps like Uber, Beautified and Hotel Tonight (all three of which I already use incessantly), and applied it to the historically-horrendous ordeal of renting a car. They have a shining Audi A4-only fleet waiting at the airport, and they omit any queuing up or paperwork from the process. It’s genius. The cars are kitted out with Bluetooth and wifi, meaning I was able to update this site from the road while Zach drove! Right now Silvercar is only operating in select cities, but they’re growing quickly and more than deserve a shout-out for elevating our entire adventure. We’ve traveled in planes, trains, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, all sorts of boats and a lot of borrowed cars this year; some have been better than others, but this service is one I’d use again in a heartbeat.TwoDrifters5Speaking of bouncing around, I’m grateful to have seen the wonders of Asia before taking this trip, as the context of that experience added such depth to this one. We looped through vast deserts and craggy mountain ranges, driving deep into snowy pine forests before eerily slipping into the foggy bellies of low-hanging clouds. I was reminded of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. Waking up in Monument Valley with snow kissing the tops of its jutted red monoliths, then pushing onwards through the Valley Of The Gods, I reminisced on the temple structures we explored in Cambodia, and felt such a sense of reverence for the earth and for the way that ancient civilizations interpreted and honored its miracles and mysteries. The parallels we witnessed were astonishing.TwoDrifters6The Southwest stretches so languidly that we could drive half a day without seeing another soul. We listened to audiobooks, talked for hours on end, then slipped happily into miles of silence. This country is so different from other places in the world, and I’ve had ample opportunity this year to contemplate the differing flavors of good and bad ingrained in all corners of the earth. Every community has nuances, a unique beauty, and its own inherent imperfections. But when the stormy skies of a wintery road suddenly open up behind a darkened hillside, allowing the last light of a fast-fading day to peek momentarily through, there is nothing to think about except absolute wonder and an overwhelming sense of contentment. Life is indeed terribly beautiful.TwoDrifters7|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zachary Lynd and Kelly Framel|CLICK HERE| for more travel stories

  • Wow!! Beautiful description of your journey. I love that guy beard btw.

    “A bright dress on a rainy day” new post on:

  • Maggie A

    You had me at wifi! 🙂 Sounds like such an amazing ride. I hope I remember this service when I’m ready to take my road trip this summer. Thank You so much for sharing.

    Maggie A

  • Ariane

    Always enjoy living vicariously through you/your travels. Another beautifully written and documented account… Especially in reference to not only the sheer differences, though similarities in how you felt within your time in Asia vs. the wild West. There is something so piercingly gorgeous about the West… I miss that initial feeling when you first process the immensity of it all… How small you feel, yet at the same time invincible. Taking it all in on the road is the absolute best. Thank you for sharing!

  • Hang

    WOW Such an inspiring way to live!

  • Denisa

    Very interesting. Nice pics.


  • Beautiful! like a movie scene

  • Beautiful writing here and always appreciate your travel photos.

    I was just in Monument Valley and Grand Canyon with my friends this summer.

    Loved the open spaces and just sheer size of the environment. I think you’re giving everybody the travel bug!!
    zozo | atelier zozo

  • Oh wow, such cool pictures. I love adventure! And you’re such a gorgeous couple, your man is as hot as you 🙂

    Mafalda ❀

  • Always inspiring… And you 2 together always inspire me…so much i had to blog about it!


    Cool! I love Monument Valley… I was there last year… and here’s my Monument Valley Diary

  • This is absolutely incredible. I love the feeling of ease and adventure you bring to this post.. and the hats.. I love the hats you bring to this post too.

  • Stunning pictures! You are workin that hat, girly.

  • Hellobella

    This is awesome. Thank you!!!!

  • el armario de la nena

    IÂŽm looking forward visiting the Grand CAnyon too. ItÂŽs so beautiful and magnific!

  • Amy

    I love the Grand Canyon. You’re making me want to go on an adventure again! Also, Silver Car prices are super cheap. And lucky us for them being all over Texas!

  • I’ll have to keep this service in mind the next time I travel – sounds like a great idea when taking any kind of road trip!

    You’re really making me miss Arizona right now (that, and the 6 inches of snow outside my window). I lived there for a few years as a kid, and while I didn’t appreciate it nearly enough as a child, I really do remember loving the view.

    Well, I may have found my next travel destination, huh? 🙂

  • Cassieleigh

    You make me want to leave my desk, pack a bag and hit the road. Love this!

  • Love the photos, they’re stunning!!!

  • tangoella

    Amazing views! Road trips are are inspiring.
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  • SandyDC

    Johnny Mercer wrote Moon River and the singer who originally sang this song was not Frank Sinatra. It was Andy Williams.

    • theglamourai

      Corrected; thank you! XOKelly


    Let’s talk about the hat! Where is it from?

    • theglamourai

      Tune in to tomorrow’s post 😉


  • GinaBriley

    I always enjoy seeing my home through the eyes of others who are still amazed by it. We often take for granted what we see everyday. Having grown up in the west, and now living in Los Angeles, I never choose to take the journey that you just traveled because I always want to see something new. You’ve made me think about taking it for granted and rediscovering it. Thank you.

  • Greta Gale

    Gorgeous photos! I loved reading the description, sounds amazing

    x greta

  • Gorgeous shots and what an amazing opportunity.

    xo Ashley

  • candace

    awesome post. your writing is incredible. thank you for sharing

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