On Road Trips and Best Friends

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On Road Trips and Best Friends

My best friend Hali and I before the concert.

My best friend Hali and I before the concert.

My best friend Hali and I before the concert.

My best friend Hali and I before the concert.

Lucy Garcia, Editor

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Since reading John Green’s Paper Towns, I have longed to go on a spontaneous road trip with my best friends. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform a trial run, because the South Carolina State Fair was in Columbia. Hali and Madi, my best friends since kindergarten and eighth grade, decided that we should go, and we managed to convince our parents to let us drive almost two hours to experience the cotton candy, games, and rides. We also went to see Sabrina Carpenter in concert, a singer and actress who used to be on Girl Meets World, a favorite Disney show of ours to watch on Friday nights. The experience was enjoyable and exciting, but surprising at every turn. I emerged from the experience with perhaps a bit of insight on life earned only after late night drives down the highway.

We started the trip early on Sunday morning. Madi, Hali, and I met up around noon. In the car, we listened to a carefully curated road trip playlist suitable for the long ride. Initially, our goal was to leave enough time to ride all of the possible rides while still making the concert at five o’clock, but we ended up only riding two rides—the ferris wheel and a small roller coaster—before being captivated by the sound check and deciding to stand outside of the venue for an hour or so instead. My best friends and I passed the time by buying greasy, delicious fair food and cracking jokes.

The concert was an experience I’ll never forget. Sabrina Carpenter performed brilliantly in a sizable outdoor venue. Our assigned seats had awful views. When we noticed three perfect seats in the middle of the venue that hadn’t been taken, we quietly moved into them. No one ended up claiming their seats, and I’m positively sure that we had the best view in the amphitheater. That day was a series of new adventures that made me truly appreciate greasy fair food, road trip playlists, and the importance of having best friends. After a full day of travel, I realized that I should always strive to feel like I’m dancing to my favorite songs in the middle of a different city, not caring at all what others must think of me.

Sabrina Carpenter performing in Columbia.

A photo of me looking at a sign reading ‘French Fried Mushrooms,’ wondering why anyone would ever think of eating one.