Blog Post 13: New York

We got into New York late on Tuesday on went straight to NYU from the bus from Boston. We really only had one person to meet there, but that was in no way a disappointment. Sawyer was of course a connection from SDLC, but had become close friends with Morgan over the past two years and spoken with Lexie many times too. Both of us were really excited to see him in person because it had been so long.

I've never fully understood the concept of an artist finding their muse, and it's possible I'm being a bit dramatic, but now that we've spent four days in NYC with Sawyer, I get it. We've always known Sawyer to be a really amazing person, in the most honest way possible, but we never expected to be so inspired by being around him. Our project has taken many new forms throughout the trip and it would be an outright lie to say we weren't inspired by every other person we've met, but something about his stories really spoke to us. We filmed Sawyer nonstop for days, doing about nothing in particular. His entire friend group was amazing to be around and we were lucky enough to film some of them together telling us about their little family. We only wish we could have stayed longer and gotten to know each of them more, even the people we didn't really get to talk to, we know we would have loved. His friend Hala so graciously gave us her extra bed and it may seem like we're going over the top in our thank you's to people we stay with, but our equipment really spreads out and it is no small feet to give us full access to your space. Hala, you're a goddess and we are eternally grateful.

One of our favorite people, hands down, was Sawyer's roommate, Louis. He wasn't someone we interviewed or even really hung out with, but he was an experience nonetheless. We got to talk to him a lot and even ran into him at the park while waiting for others to get out of class. To quote Sawyer, "I've never had a full conversation with him where I knew... what was even going on." That sums it up really well, thanks for letting me sleep in your room Louis. Nice to meet you.

So maybe it was New York or NYU, or Sawyer, or the beautiful, eclectic group of people he surrounds himself with, but Lexie and I can't wait to get home and start editing. Hopefully someday we can go back to New York, I know I wouldn't be opposed to making an entire feature length film about the people there.

When it was time to leave the city we took the bus back to Boston and Jake, sweetheart that he is, picked us up from the bus station and brought us back to his house and ours (our car that was in his driveway). While we let the snow melt off for a bit, we sat with Jake's family eating dinner and shared stories. We honestly wish we could bring him with us. It would be an understatement to say his family reminds us that there are truly good people in this world.

Blog Post 12: Boston

During our stay at Trinity College in Connecticut we met an amazing guy named Jake. When he saw that our next stop was Boston he insisted we come to his home for dinner and we wound up staying the night with him and his wonderful family in Lexington, Massachusetts. We got to park our car there and get a ride to Emerson, where we would be staying the next few days. 

At Emerson we met with Raven Devanney, Lexie's friend from home, and stayed in her dorm. We met her roommates, Kate, AJ, and Bella who we not only interviewed but got the chance to really get to know. Spending time with them allowed us to delve deeper into the interviews, which was so great and different than our usual interviews. After all, it would be kind of awkward to blatantly ask questions about someones sex life to a complete stranger. Morgan also got to meet up with some old friends in Boston from her first year at SDLC. 

Spending so much time at Emerson was great because we got to really know the people we were interviewing, helping them get a lot more comfortable with what we are doing, its not always easy for people to so openly share their story to a stranger. We even met someone in the dining hall one morning who we ended up interviewing. When you stay in one place for more than a day word starts to spread and more people become interested in being a part of the project. Raven has more friends affiliated with the queer community than anyone we have stayed with so far and that was such a great environment to be in. 

Blog Post 11: Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut is one of the stops we didn't originally plan on. After posting about the trip, after we'd already left even, Caitlin Southwick (a friend of ours) saw what we were doing and practically insisted we visit her at Trinity College. Caitlin is the kind of energetic sweetheart you don't want to say no to, but her vivacity is what makes it really impossible to refuse. So with that and the promise of a student-lead drag show, we of course said yes. We even changed our route, passing New York on the way up and driving straight to Connecticut. (Don't worry, we will go back to New York).

Caitlin is an absolute angel and did more than just offer us a place to stay and her own interview. When we got there, she showed us around, explained the room keys and bathroom keys and where we'd be sleeping, and then broke out the glorious color coded schedule. She had lined up a bunch of interviews for us with Trinity students and planned special events for us to attend. It's safe to say we've been decently busy the past couple of days but everything was so much fun we hardly noticed. The two days we spent at Trinity were awesome. We had a room reserved at the library for interviews, attended EROS (Encouraging Respect of Sexualities) meetings, met a lot of people on campus, and even dyed Caitlin's hair.

The interviews were great and we met a lot of really really cool people. The food at Trinity was ridiculously good too, but by far the best part was the drag show. Trinity's EROS group hosts a drag show every year. They hire professional queens and open the floor up to rehearsed student performers as well. The night is filled with snacks and even drinks for students that are 21+, as well as a sex toy raffle and a lot of condoms. A lot. For anyone who hasn't seen a drag queen perform, firstly, go watch that, but second, it's breathtaking. The show was interactive and fun, but incredibly well practiced. Lexie and I were both so excited to go and have this be a part of our trip. Caitlin stunned everyone with her look as well. Fierce boots, a jaw dropping dress and a fur wrap to top it off. Safe to say we were seriously outdone.

While we heard a lot varying opinions, it was clear that no matter where you are, you can find a good group of people and have a great community around you.

We'll miss you Caitlin! Thanks for convincing us to visit Hartford!

 

Blog Post 10: Washington, D.C.

We spent a good number of days in D.C., first traveling back and forth from Fredericksburg, Virginia and then from Annapolis, Maryland. I had never been to D.C. before so we spent a day walking around and practically behaving like tourists while we waited to hear back from people we'd contacted. The interview we were most excited for in D.C. was one we'd been planning since the first day of this trip. Samuel Brinton is the congressional/presidential advisor on nuclear issues in Washington, D.C. and he's also a survivor of intensive gay conversion therapy. We were so honored that he was willing to give us some of his time and tell us his story, everything he's been through, how its effected who he is now, and how he got to be so happy, proud, and successful. Sam is very closely involved with #BornPerfect and the fight to end gay conversion therapy. It's remarkable that he is such a success story, but even more that he's been brave enough to speak about all of his experiences.

The only other interview we had in D.C. was also one we'd been excited for since the beginning, but we didn't now if we'd get there in time. Our friend Ely was leaving for South Africa on the 19th, the same day we planned on getting to D.C. So we rushed a day to get there by the 18th and of course it was worth it. Ely is such a cool person and he has such a cool story. With informed and interesting views on things like relationships and politics he's a great example of breaking the assumptions that can be made about the LGBTQ+ community. No one fits perfectly into a stereotype, but the stereotypes about the LGBTQ+ can sometimes be the most ridiculous and are mostly still assumed to be true. The truth is that the only thing that people in the LGBTQ+ community are guaranteed to have in common is that society has told them they love in a way that's different than the norm. Society's perception of a common trait can lead to common experiences, but otherwise, each and every person in the community is entirely their own unique person and we are so glad we've gotten to meet so many wonderful people because of this trip.

After D.C. we had a day to kill because we did such an excellent job of being efficient, so Lexie got to show me her favorite place in the world: Fenwick Island, Delaware. We mostly caught up on work and sleep, but it was wonderful to see the ocean no matter how cold it was.

Currently in Hartford, Connecticut. Soon to be in Boston, New York, and Chicago.

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Blog Post 9: Virginia (and Tennessee Again)

We drove straight from North Carolina to a town in southwestern Virginia called Abingdon, got a tiny motel room and got to work as usual. Morgan's good friend from years ago, Tom Grennell, lives nearby and came over to help us with equipment. The next morning we interviewed him in our tiny little motel room. Afterwards, he showed us around Abingdon and took us to a place called The Magic Mushroom for pizza. While there, we attempted to contact as many pro LGBT businesses as possible and found Night Owl Circus Arts. We called to ask about an interview and they invited us to a class, which we of course had to say yes to. So we wound up driving back into Tennessee to find a gymnastics building near the border of Virginia and jumping right into a pro LGBT circus class.

The class turned out to be silks, which Morgan was slightly familiar with and Lexie was brand new to. It was really fun to learn the basics and get some cool footage. We then got to follow it up with an interview with the founder of Night Owl Circus Arts, Craig Lewis. He doesn't personally identify with the LGBT community, but ran a GSA for several years in college and now considers his circus school to be an open and welcoming place. In Tennessee and Virginia that's not always so easy to find, so it was really nice to talk to him and hear why he, as an ally, thought it was so important to support the community.

We're now resting in the home of Madeleine Wagner, a good friend from high school. We're still in Virginia and about an hour outside of D.C. so the next couple days will be the most political of any on this trip. We're very excited to see who we can talk to in D.C. and to see the capitol in general.

We're also very grateful, as usual, to the Wagner family for feeding us and letting us use their washing machine.

Blog Post 8: Atlanta and North Carolina

The roads in Atlanta are weird. I'm trying to write this blog post, but that's all I can think about. So weird. Driving was awful, the traffic was so intense and all the streets wind and curve and randomly turn into off ramps. Lexie and I have seriously taken for granted how logical the driving in Colorado is. We drove into the heart of the city and the cold wind definitely kept us wanting to stay inside. Our first interview happened to be in a library, where a very nice maintenance worker offered to turn the fans off so our sound would be better. It was such a nice gesture, although the nearby book club of 60+ year old women definitely gave us some interesting background chatter. Atlanta was beautiful, however. We met some really cool people who really kicked gender stereotypes in the ass. Something that can not be considered easy while living in Georgia. Connor was so flexible in hanging out in finding the library with us and Al was so sweet to invite us into his home and introduce us to all of his pets. This trip is full of people that are showing us how brave it is just to live as your authentic self. Lexie and I like to think that we're doing this project to help others learn, but we're learning so much ourselves.

After spending the night in Georgia, we drove up to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. A close friend of ours, Max, also from SDLC (big surprise), offered to let us stay in his dorm room and even let us drop in on a SAGA meeting (Sexuality and Gender Alliance). Special thanks to him and his roommates for letting us completely invade their space with camera equipment. Max definitely gave us one of the best interviews we've had. We set up all of our stuff, lights, microphones, and tripods included, in the three feet of space we had between the bed and the door. Max sat comfortably on the bed and Lexie and I nestled ourselves right between the cameras so she could film and I could ask questions while barely out of shot. Compared to the distance thats typically between me and the person I'm interviewing, this felt very cozy to say the least. In this current political climate, being transgender in North Carolina is not exactly something small, but Max talked about it with ease. For him and so many other people, constant consideration of safety is a reality every time you walk out the door. Many people don't realize that that's what's at stake every time they discuss legislation.

We only spent one night in NC, which I can't say we regret. We passed a lot of confederate flags on our way through there. I have to say that despite some of the discrimination the south holds, the people that can be themselves while living there are braver and more interesting than a lot of people I've met. We also met some amazing pet cats, which was very needed.

Even though it's getting colder, we're so glad to be finally reaching the east coast.

Blog Post 7: Memphis

We arrived in Memphis at around 4 am and couldn’t find a good place to stop, so we caved and got a hotel room. The next day we’d been in contact with yet another friend from SDLC, Briana Hardeman, (thank you SDLC for basically enabling this entire project). She offered to do an interview herself and maybe find one or two other people for some as well, so we met her at Rhodes College at 2:30. To our utter disbelief, she had a full schedule of probably 10 or 15 people for us to interview back to back until almost 11 at night. So we set up shop in Briana’s living room and talked to each person for about 45 minutes while Briana sat in the back with us and helped with equipment. It gave us a great opportunity to really get the hang of interviews. They sometimes feel awkward because we’re asking such personal questions to people we’ve never met, and sometimes we even worry that we’re being perceived as the typical straight/white/cis filmmakers that so often take advantage of LGBT stories, but that’s not at all what we want. We don’t have a script, we want to hear and share the truth no matter what it is. LGBT people are people just like anyone else, we have our own stories and it amazes us how many similarities and yet how many differences there are. By the end of it I was definitely sick of hearing my own voice ask the same questions over and over again, but we never got sick of hearing the answers. Every single person had a story that was so unique. There were stories that seemed really ridiculous and funny and ones that were clearly hard to go through and even many times that those were actually the same story.

A lot of the pressure and seriousness facing the LGBT community is put there not by queer people, but by society. So often people go through things that are hard and scary, but in recounting the story they realize that, in retrospect, they’re kind of ridiculous. Because we overdramatize a lot of what should just be normal and the queer community has to always wonder how people will react to them just living their lives.

By the time the sun set, our own personal angel came through for us again. Lisa Rudner (who we stayed with in Dallas), connected us with her cousins in Memphis and we had another warm bed to stay in. Their daughter, Olivia, was about a year older than us and stayed up hanging out with us and talking about the project. It was so cool to have someone to show some quick footage to and talk to about everything we’re doing. Special thanks to the Landaus for giving us a place to stay despite having never met us before. We’ve met so many kind people on this journey.

Blog Post 6: Dallas for Another Day

This morning was by far the nicest morning we’ve had on our trip so far. We woke up in such a comfortable home to a homemade breakfast. We’ll be forever grateful to the Rudner family for basically mothering us for a night and even setting us up with connections in other towns. We went to Starbucks right off the bat (of course - free wifi) and got some work done. We’ve gotten more used to posting blog posts in the morning because we wind up out really late and around wifi in the morning - so if you’re keeping up with us you should probably expect that as the new norm. We also woke up with a plan: crepes. Not for breakfast, but to film some people we'd met while they were making them in a tiny little shop they worked in. While the shop was crowded and the glare was bad, we may have gotten some good shots. Today was filled with mixed emotions as it was the longest we’d stayed in one place, with some of the best people we’ve met, but it was also filled with stress and technical difficulties and general setbacks. Lexie stayed behind at Starbucks while Morgan went with a friend from SDLC to buy a new SD card and film at the crepe shop. We almost lost an entire days worth of footage and couldn’t even process it before we (thank god) found it again. We’ve had issues with storage space, battery packs, and various release forms, not to mention money, but we’re prepared to learn as we go. This is a professional project produced by two total novices and it’s certainly going to be interesting.

 

After crepes we went to the house of a friend of ours, Sloan, to film the interviews we couldn’t get done last night, but, before that, well Lexie got lost and for the life of her could not figure out where to meet us. So we went and picked up her up. The interviews were some of the best we’ve done. Because we got to meet these people beforehand and get to know them, we knew what questions to ask and it wasn’t formal it just… worked. We say this every day, but we can’t wait for everyone to hear these stories and about these people, this just becomes more and more true.

 

What’s making up for any stress is the people we’re meeting. The stories we hear… they amaze us. Everyone is so well spoken, everyone is so unique not just in their identity and story, but in how it’s shaped them. It’s breaking our hearts to leave Dallas and the people we’ve met here, but we are so excited for everyone we meet on the rest of our journey.

 

This may be an emotionally exhausting trip, through stress and hard work and potentially huge setbacks, not to mention the emotions we go through hearing so many heart wrenching stories every single day, but even in just connecting with people so personally and immediately having to leave - potentially to never spend time together again, but it is so fulfilling to be doing this. We both honestly feel like we are doing what we are meant to be doing exactly when the world meant for us to do this.

 

Blog Post 5: Dallas

Friday, March 10th, 2017

We woke up in our makeshift home (our car) in Dallas, climbed into the front seat and drove off to the YMCA for a $10.00 day pass which gives you full access to the locker room. Living in a car is great, but we've really not realized what we'd be missing in a regular hot shower. Our first interview today was one we'd been really looking forward to. Most of the connections we have on our route are some of the amazing people we met at SDLC and this was the first time we got to connect. Josh Rudner welcomed us into his gorgeous home and let us interview him and even film extra footage in his room, which is plastered wall to wall with things he has collected throughout his life - posters, pictures, signs, decorations, and more. Josh is an amazing person who is incredibly involved in the things he is passionate about and Lexie and I were both so humbled to hear his stories. After we left, we wished him well on his spring break cruise and headed off for our first anonymous interview.

Our goal for this project is genuine: to show the real lives and the real people in the LGBT community, but the reality is that a lot of the community has to hide themselves and live underground. There are so many people that don't feel comfortable and quite seriously wouldn't be safe being themselves and being out of the closet. We couldn't show what it's like to be LGBT and not show this darker side of it, but by its very nature, it can't be publicized. We've been contacted by so many LGBT people that truly want to help with our project and make a difference, but couldn't agree to being interviewed and having a spotlight on them. So we're starting a new segment of the documentary: anonymous stories. Because the stories of the people who are in the closet are just as important as the stories of the people who can live loud and proud. Hopefully, someday, everyone will fall into the latter category, but until then, we'll be here to listen to everyone. Thank you to the person who was willing to be our guinea pig by being the first person we talked to without personal details.

After that interview and a trip to Best Buy (we're rapidly running out of storage space on our hard drives and battery power for our equipment) we went to pick up some business cards we'd ordered. We'd designed a card over email with One Hour Business Cards here in Dallas so that we could tell people about our project without having to scrawl down links on notebook paper. Once we approved the design we called to give our payment information so they could be printed, but the person on the phone said their card reader was down and we could just pay when we picked them up. What happened when we got there nearly brought us to tears. The women at the front desk said she'd spent some time on our website and was so inspired by what we are doing that she payed for the order herself. We were in utter shock, as we have been by everyone that has reached out and been so kind to us on this journey. So many thanks to her and everyone who's helping us.

As much as we wanted to sit there flattered and just go around handing out our business cards to everyone, the day was not done yet. We crossed the street to one of the cutest cafes we've ever been in to meet up with another friend from SDLC and three of his friends he'd brought along. Our plan was to get to know everyone, film general footage and have them show us how they hang out in Dallas, then get the interviews done before the sun set. As our equipment started to fail us more and more (full camera cards and dead batteries) it became apparent the interviews would need to happen tomorrow and thats how we wound up with three whole days in Dallas. We still got a lot of general footage, so the night was not a waste from a filming standpoint. Either way, we had so much fun hanging out in the city and the warm weather we'd been missing so much in Colorado.

We'll still get the interviews today (March 11) and be on our way this evening: so much thanks to Josh Rudner, his family and our friends in Dallas.

Special thanks to Josh Rudner and his mom Lisa as well for insisting we stay the night at their house rather than in our car. A real bed, shower, and breakfast was so nice and their hospitality was amazing. We are so lucky to be meeting such amazing people on this trip and can't wait to see what happens going forward.

Blog Post 4: Our First Day of Interviews

We were really nervous for the day today and could barely sleep because of it. We had our first interview at 10:30am and then three more following right after. While I know you’re thinking 10:30 doesn’t sound very early, you should also know that breakfast ended at 9:00, and we haven’t been getting to sleep before 2 am very much recently. By the end of the day we totally felt like we knew what we were doing, but our first interview took us about 20 minutes to set up for. We arrived at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at about 10:15 and took multiple trips to and from the car to get our equipment. After our interview, we toured the church with Pastor Br and then had to hurry off to a cafe for the next one. While setting up, Lexie received a call from a church that neither of us remembered reaching out to in the first place, but we are very glad we did. They scheduled an interview for 2:30, snugly between our 1:30 and 3:30 plans. Luckily everything in Wichita was about 5 minutes away from everything else. Our second interview didn’t go as well as the first, but I can say we learned a lot more about our sound equipment and how much background noise it can take.

I can honestly say we felt like a legitimate film crew rushing between locations setting up and taking down our equipment as fast as we could. We're starting to wish we had just one more person to help carry equipment and maybe write these posts after we're exhausted from the day.

All three of the students we got to interview from Wichita State University had amazing lives and stories to share and we are so grateful to them and Pastor Brian Sutton for welcoming us into his beautiful church, but by far our most impactful interview was with Rev. Jackie Carter at the Table of Hope MCC. We rushed in, set up all of our stuff and introduced ourselves to Rev. Jackie, quickly explaining everything we are doing as she had no clue. She simply knew that their receptionist had told her two girls wanted to talk to her and that we were only in town today. Despite that, she welcomed us into her church and shared her stories with us. All of Wichita had been a pleasant surprise. We were expecting a lot of homophobia, negativity, and even violence from the #1 Worst Town for LGBT People in America, but instead we found welcoming churches, open students, and a lot of Bernie Sanders bumper stickers. Rev. Jackie explained that Table of Hope was a church created for LGBT people so that they had a place to go and know they were loved by god. She sat in front of beautiful stain glass windows and told us of times people had shot through them, trying to scare the church out of town. She was even moved to tears recounting a story of a mother terrified she would not see her son in heaven because he had been LGBT and committed suicide rather than face the world we live in. The entire experience left us feeling very fulfilled, and sure that we are doing work that needs to be done.

After we finished our interviews, we ate dinner and drove through the night to Dallas.

We can't wait to meet more people along the way and see what other incredible stories we can share. Thank you so much to everyone who gave us an interview today:
Pastor Brian Sutton, Rexy Que, Devante Garcia, Rev. Jackie Carter, and Crystal Lemon.

Blog Post 3: Topeka to Witchita

Today was filled with an interesting vibe to say the least. We woke up and dragged ourselves into Starbucks to wake our brains up. We ended up staying there for a bit deciding to use this day to do some planning that in hindsight probably should have been done prior to departure. On our way out of Topeka and into Wichita we payed the Wesboro Baptist Church a visit - the exteriors of it at least, which was frightening enough. The church is situated directly across the street from the Equality House. A rainbow- LGBT pride house plastered with positive, encouraging statements about the LGBT community. The two drastically opposite places bring a whole new meaning to 'bad neighbor.' As we approached the equality house people honked as they drove by, and we saw that across the beautiful and comforting artwork someone had spray painted "Fuck Fags." We were reminded then that we truly were not 'In Colorado anymore' especially when we looked past the rainbow panels and onto the Westboro Baptist Church signs, some of which for example reading: 'God hates Fags' 'Thank God for dead soldiers' 'God Hates America' 'The Jews killed Jesus' ... you get the idea. 

Driving into Wichita we could feel the general mood getting lighter, or maybe it was just the influx of people contacting us asking to share their story and be interviewed by us. Tomorrow we have back to back interviews starting with the neighborhood gay-friendly church, then setting up to do a series of interviews with Wichita State University students. 

Ready to face the '#1 worst place in America for Gays' ! Can't imagine it being much worse than the suburban neighborhood that consists solely of Westboro Baptist Church members but who knows. 

Blog Post 2: Driving to Kansas

After getting a late start this morning (afternoon actually, we didn't leave until around 2 pm) we drove straight through Kansas to Topeka, stopping only once for Starbucks and some regrettable Qdoba. The drive took some interesting turns, literally and figuratively. One of the first realizations we had was that Morgan's water bottle leaks, but of course we didn't notice until the full bottle turned up empty she found all the water in her sweatshirts, books, and notebooks. Despite this, what we both noticed most of all was that we each came more prepared than expected.

During the drive we attempted to contact everyone in Kansas that we hoped to connect with and are still waiting to hear back from most. The first person to reply was actually the Westboro Baptist Church. We hope to swing by or perhaps meet them at one of their many upcoming pickets across the country. We sent many other emails and hope to hear back in the morning. This roughly 9 hour drive is the longest stretch of driving we should have until we start heading back towards Colorado. Good news, mostly for Lexie as she is the only licensed driver. Although, the drive wasn't too boring. We did get to drive right alongside a blazing wildfire and so many flashing lights we genuinely worried we might be abducted by aliens. Once we'd reached out to everyone in Kansas, we finalized some interview questions and got to talking about our plan for the final video. We have ideas for every interview, scene, and various clips, but it's still a mystery just how this will all come together. An old pop punk playlist got us through the last hour of driving and we finally reached a hotel at exactly midnight CT. We're both exhausted, but still need to set up all our equipment and make sure it works, charge all the batteries, shower, and be up in time for breakfast.

Tomorrow we'll interview as many people as we can and try and make it down to Wichita in time to meet up with some people there.

Blog Post 1: The Night Before

After weeks of planning, organizing, exhausting every resource and contact on the entire East and South of the US, we have finally gotten things together enough to start our journey. Or, at least, we are going to start regardless. We are driving a huge black truck, equipped with a twin mattress, and pale grey curtains, just two girls living out of a car on a 30 day road trip across the US. Starting in Colorado and moving down through the south, up the east coast, and back down again. First stop: The #1 worst place for LGBTQ+ people to reside, Wichita, Kansas, otherwise known as the home of the Westboro Baptist Church. Our packing for the trip includes 2 bags of clothes each: our normal clothes, and our church clothes. We're prepared to keep those friendly southern church-goers comfortable as we question the roots of their homophobic ideals. Gotta keep that rainbow gay pride bicep tattoo covered during the Westboro Baptist Pickets. 4 cameras, 6 lenses, 7 SD cards, 2 microphones, one boom pole, 3 tripods, 2 lighting kits, several audiobooks, and a big bag of cheetos. We will undoubtedly face some interesting hiccups along our journey, but Lexie has AAA and Morgan's mom insisted she buy pepper spray so what's the worst that could happen? Our plan is to try and update this blog daily at least. Posting some short videos, bio's of the people we interview, and photos of our journey. Wish us luck!

(It's midnight and, though she talks a big game, guess who hasn't packed her clothes yet. (It's Lexie). It will hopefully work in our favor that Lexie stays up all night getting things done and Morgan wakes up early to prepare for the following day.)