A Drive and a Day to Remember

On September 10, 2001 my husband canceled his flight scheduled for the following morning to have dinner with one of his friends in Boston. The plane he should have boarded crashed in the Twin Towers. My husband drove from Boston to San Francisco in two days. This unreal road trip started a family tradition.

Almost every summer we drive from California to Maine. Our first road trip was in memory of my husband’s very first one. Soon we understood that driving was the only way to discover the extraordinary landscape, the unique cities, and human diversity of our adoptive country.

Today in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, I remember a leg of our 2012 road trip.

On June 18, we stopped in Memphis, Tennessee.

A night at Graceland was my gift to my husband who is a huge fan of Elvis Presley.

The following morning we drove to Mulberry Street.

On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated there while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel.


Nowadays the National Civil Rights Museum is housed inside the motel and a wreath is hung at the exact spot where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.


Today I remember.


  1. Le battement d’aile d’un papillon, un choix initialement anodin, un hasard de vie et celle-ci bascule en un claquement de doigt… Très émue par ton article. Profitez bien de la vie et des découvertes de ce grand grand pays (j’ai moi-même découvert adolescente et en famille l’ouest américain, tout en voiture (et à pieds bien sûr), 3 semaines, 4 états, des milliers de kilomètres avalés et des découvertes incroyables avec des paysages à couper le souffle).

  2. What an incredible story! So glad that your husband didn’t take that flight.

    Thanks for the pictures from your road trip. It sounds like an amazing tradition. I’ve always wanted to travel to Maine, but maybe on a looser schedule…

    • Thank you, Jennifer for your lovely message. Maine is a gorgeous state and I hope you will visit someday. If you do, let me know. I could offer suggestions in terms of places to see. Who knows? If I am in Maine when you are, I would be delighted to say hello in person. Thanks again for stopping by.

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