Drew P A Smith

California, Idaho & Oregon, U.S.A. 2014.

The bullshit started long before we departed, 4-up from San Francisco to Southern Idaho in a Dodge Grand Voyager. We were joining a family reunion that was happening near Yellowstone.

One husband played the others. Quiet chaos reigned.

Somehow, I still saw the America of my imagining and I’d never seen anything like it.

The violence – the really obvious stuff – started in Portland, Oregon. From that point on, it never really stopped.

By the time we were back in San Francisco, for one of us, it was already over.

For the other, it had only just begun.