We arrived at Fort Hill already feeling refreshed. It was easier to breathe since we were both used to smoggy Cincinnati. The old Subaru had done well, hardly using a third of the $20 worth of gasoline we fed it. It got to rest while we got to hiking.
Our first leg of the hike was almost all uphill. Huffing and puffing, I started to get annoyed with all the gnats flying into my eyes and the sweat dripping off my forehead. Like all great struggles, this uphill battle did come with its rewards.
What a view. You can see a hill just like the one we climbed sticking out above the flat Ohio horizon. This was worth getting out of bed for. This was something I had never knew existed in my life, and just deciding to go for a drive brought us to this fantastic place.
Great views from a hill aren't all Fort Hill has to offer. On the other side of the "mountain" there is a gorge full of monolithic cliffs. On the way to this gorge we stopped to understand what was happening around us. After an airplane flew out of earshot we were left with no noises made by human beings whatsoever. No planes, cars, air conditioners, buses, boats, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, or anything. Just the sound of the breeze. Peace had finally come to say hello.
Along the gorge there were plenty of cliffs to perch on and reflect upon life. Troubles unwound, and school began to seem like just another chapter in my life's story instead of a roadblock. Happiness stopped in for a visit.
That is the magic of the road trip. You don't have to blast down a freeway at light speed to another college campus to party hard in unfamiliar surroundings. Chances are, that will just waste money and you will end up more stressed than when you started. You don't have to drive fifteen hours to the coast to be amazed. Sometimes, the things worth driving to are right around the corner. Sometimes, the road itself is the road trip.
Of course, this cant be an official College Car Guide post without some praise towards the Subaru that made this trip possible. That specific one has traveled nearly 200,000 miles in its lifetime and not once did it hesitate to lasso in the horizon. It is another testament to the durability that the Japanese automaker has become notorious for. I can't thank it enough for the relaxation it made possible.