There's nothing quite like a road trip. You get to listen to good tunes, see beautiful sights, and make new friends. It's easy to plan, too. All you need to do is get in your car and go. The only requirement is a driver's license. Or so you would think.
Recently a 12-year-old boy from Australia tried to go on a road trip of his own. He left from Kendall, New South Wales and was hoping to make it all the way to Perth, Western Australia. It would have been a 2,558 mile trip, or as the Australians might put it, 4,117 kilometers. To give you a sense of what that might look like:
He only made it as far as Broken Hill, NSW before he got caught. It was 800 miles away from where he started.
The police pulled the boy over, not for being a 12-year-old, but because his bumper was hanging off and dragging across the highway. The police then arrested the boy and took him to to the local police station. So it looks like he will have to take his trip to Perth another time. Hopefully, when he is a lot older.
Finding a handwritten note pressed between the pages of a book, or in the pocket of some secondhand clothing you purchased, or tucked away in some part of a house you recently moved into, is almost always an exciting find. The fact that someone took time to pen their thoughts and feelings down and then hide them away is super cool. It gives you a personal look into someone's thoughts, especially if it's a note that wasn't intended to be read by anyone else.
It's even better when the note is a blast from the past, because then you're getting some legit first-hand history from an actual person, not some lame lecture on the Louisiana Purchase or news articles on the first World War.
Maybe it's because so few people actually write anything by hand anymore, but even finding notes written just the other day feels special. Sure it's a bit voyeuristic to read a note meant for someone else, but, hey, if they didn't want someone reading it, maybe they shouldn't have written it down in the first place.
Whatever, I refuse to feel bad for looking at found notes.