I’ve been thinking for a long time about taking a road trip. I’d like to visit the 18 houses my family lived in up until I left for college at the age of 18. My mom left behind a list of addresses and my idea involves renting or buying a camper van and driving from house to house in the order in which we occupied them. The trip would start in Fairbanks, Alaska and terminate in Orlando, Florida. I would visit Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington State and most of the states along the eastern seaboard. I would photograph each house and journal the memories each place might evoke.
There are some problems with the plan. Several of the houses are on Army posts. I no longer have access to these installations. Also, I might have to crisscross the country several times if I want to do this in chronological order. Maybe that’s not so important. Do I include the ski house in Vermont where we spent 9 winters, regardless of where we were stationed? And, finally, would anybody else have even the slightest interest in my obsession?
This story was passed along by a friend through facebook. I’m inspired by Jon Rafman and his wanderings among unknown and obscure locations throughout the globe via google earth. It had occurred to me that this might be a place to start my project, and now I wonder if I have to leave home at all to satisfy this exploratory calling.
What do you think?