Driving cross country during a pandemic through a divided nation

After the first few months of the pandemic spent volunteering at the LA Food Bank, attending protests, and keeping up with distance learning from home, I learned that we’d be starting the new school year in the fall online. Deciding to start the year closer to family, I set out in July on a cross country drive to my twin brother’s house in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Along the way, I explored new landscapes and witnessed our divided country.