1. My little brother, my mom and I piled in the car and drove from Reno to Palm Springs, CA
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    In one day.
  2. My other little brother had to work at his brand new job as a towel guy at a casino resort, so he couldn't come.
  3. My dad was living in Palm Springs for three months to transition from male to female.
  4. This trip wasn't the most tumultuous milestone in our journey, but it was still filled with heartache and awkwardness and avoidance and, in fleeting moments, tentative joy.
  5. One year ago today was the first time I'd ever seen my dad so happy and so fully and truly who my dad was meant to be.
  6. I will always love this route and how this landscape kept me company when everything else felt so unsteady and overwhelming.
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