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9 more miles

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

travel stories from landscape photographic artist kent j burkhardsmeier

US Highway US-9 shield

how much longer?

are we there yet?

how far to the next rest area?

These are questions most parents hear from the back seat during family road trips. As parents, we have our own ways of responding and reacting to our children's inevitable questions.

Years ago, before becoming a parent, a friend told me how his parents responded during their family car trips:

“just 9 more miles!”

To young children, 9 miles doesn't seem very far so they usually can ‘hold it.’ Yet, it is long enough that they often forget the ‘need’ and focus on something else. I thought it was a great response. And thus, began my reply, to all, on our family road trips. 😎

9 more miles


9 more miles segment is a place where I'll share random road tidbits along the way during my capturing whispers from nature adventures.


(May 25 - May 31)

Coast-to-Coast from Deerfield Beach, Florida to Del Mar, California

  • 2800 miles in 6 days

  • Covered 4 states in 1 day (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)

  • Took 3 days to cover 1 state (Texas)

  • Entered 3 times zones on the same day (Central - Mountain - Pacific)


“9 more miles”


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