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Family Road Trip Essay

This prompt was originally posted in June, 2012. Today, I’m driving from Los Angeles up to San Francisco and thought it was appropriate. Enjoy the prompt!


For this writing practice, use the following creative writing prompt:

Write about a road trip.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you finish post your practice in the comments section.

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Here’s my practice:

We’re driving from California to Georgia this week, my dad and me. The first time since I was sixteen and only spoke six words to him the whole trip. We drove to Big Sur and then to Cambria where we stopped and listened to jazz in a little club along the road. It was the first time I had really listened to jazz. The piano player was blind. He could play well, the whole band could play well, but all I remember is feeling sad and alone and observant.

This time we’re driving to Georgia through New Orleans where we’ll sit in a smoky bar on Canal Street and listen to jazz. We drove through Texas today. Texas is normally a two day state, but for us it’s a three day state. He wants to take it slow and relaxing so we’ll stop in San Antonio and then Houston before making it the Mississippi Delta. I’m impatient to go faster and farther, a flaw of youth I suppose.

In El Paso we ate the worst Texas barbecued brisket either of us have ever had. Me, because it’s the first Texas barbecued brisket I’ve ever had so it was both the best and worst. And he, because it was so dry and tasteless he had to chase it with shots of BBQ sauce just to get it down.

After El Paso we drove along Texas roads so long and flat you stop seeing road entirely and completely disappear into the black asphalt, the golden land, and the blue eternal sky that seems to dissolve the land itself.

Good news! I was recently interviewed by Underground Book Reviews. Big thanks to Kimberly of The Book Docs for taking the time to interview me. Thanks Kimberly.

Example of a Observation essay on English about:

car / road trip / nature / driving / traveling




Out of all possible road trips – the best one is by car. The moment when you finish packing, put everything inside the, sit inside it, buckle up look at your friend sitting next to you, smile and…go!  And then begins the most wonderful part of the road trip. It is not the place you are heading to – it is what you see from the opened window of the car. The best part is when you leave you home before the dawn. The DAWN! I really like to meet the first flashes of the awakening new day. Long before the dawn when you look in the direction of the east you see how the sun informs the world about its arrival. It paints the dark sky with its beams and the last stars disappear.

I love to meet the sun, while driving out a road trip in a car. I am amazed by its game and its morning flashes of the sun rays. First, you notice a crimson-red stripe on the horizon. Then, the stripe becomes orange, pink and eventually the sun fills everything around. And it always seems like for the first time in your life you see a green leaflet, the trees, which grow right next to your car window and a light gaze over the nature which waking up to meet a new day.

Two seasons of the year are perfect for a road trip – spring and autumn. Spring is my favorite season of the year. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful time of the year. Because when you are sitting in a car on your way to your destination - you open the car windows and can actually feel that the world is clean and ready for a new life. The green grass is so fresh that when you inhale you can scent it in your lungs. You close your eyes…take a deep breath and all the sudden you hear the spring birds singing the fascinating music. Sometimes, among the trees you see the birds twisting nests or at least you hope that it is what you see. I like to observe the spring nature. The nature glorifies the arrival of spring. The air is filled with a fragrant smell of the plants. A road-trip during spring is wonderful this is why I love it so much.

A road-trip for in autumn is beautiful, too. The golden warm autumn! The golden brush touches everything around – the gardens, the fields, the groves, the woods. The carpet of nature is covered with yellow and orange leafs. The whole Earth has been covered by color foliage as if you drive through a fine carpet. This is the moment of good bye of the summer and the begging of winter. The air is sharp, cool and fresh. You simply put on a warmer sweater but never put the window up!

A road trip for me is the moment of communication with nature; it is a dialogue between the nature and me. The beauty that you observe during a car road trip refreshed you, purify you soul and you mind!



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