“All those summer drives, no matter where I was going, to a person, a project, an adventure, or home, alone in the car with my social life all before and behind me, I was suspended in the beautiful solitude of the open road, in a kind of introspection that only outdoor space generates, for inside and outside are more intertwined than the usual distinctions allow. The emotion stirred by the landscape is piercing, a joy close to pain when the blue is deepest on the horizon or the clouds are doing those spectacular fleeting things so much easier to recall than to describe […] and I have come to long not to see new places but to return and know the old ones more deeply, to see them again.”

Rebecca Solnit, from “The Blue of Distance” A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Viking, 2005)