bags are packed, the car is started and the friends are waiting. An exciting adventure awaits one collegiate golfer
and his acquaintances as they leave the comforts of their hometown.
all summer and made a bunch of money so I could spend it all across the
country,” says JP Kircher, now head golf coach at Piedmont College. “We left
Rochester, N.Y and started our two-week adventure.”
graduated from Huntingdon College in 2011, where he played on the men’s golf
team, winning two All-American titles.
After graduation, Kircher got news that his buddy, Mike Short, was going
for his Ph.D at Stanford, and the idea for a journey unfolds. A road trip in the fall of 2011 from their
home of Rochester, New York across America to Stanford, California begins. Their first stop…Chicago.
no cooler way to see the city than from the water,” says Kircher. “We did a boat tour and learned about
Chicago’s unique architecture.”
and Short head for Vail, Colorado, driving through open plains that seem
endless, seeing the flat part of the country.
Until arriving in Vail where the mountains are now endless and everywhere
you look is a scene of towering peaks.
through the mountains followed Vail, as the two companions drive to Phoenix, Arizona. Adding another passenger on the trip, the two
picked up Troop, a friend of Short’s.
always up for an adventure,” says Short.
“He was fun to have along for the ride.”
provided many different experiences.
Rafting down a river in a tube, surrounded by canyons and cliffs, is
something he will remember.
happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” This
tagline describes the friend’s next stop, Las Vegas. A city known for its nightclubs and gambling,
it is a recent college graduate’s paradise. These three travelers enjoyed the
experience and lived in the moment here.
a mess, we didn’t do much productive stuff in Vegas,” Kircher says.
from Las Vegas to Monterey, California involves a lot of adventure. Riding along the Pacific Coast Highway,
twists and turns take breaths away as the car rides along steep edges of cliffs
dropping into the Pacific Ocean. Before
heading to San Francisco, Monterey provided new looks at the country.
kayaked in the Monterey Bay and saw so much marine life,” says Kircher.
“The restaurants were so unique and the food was incredible.”
up the trip, Kircher, Troop and Short drove through San Francisco where they
toured the big city and said there last goodbyes as Short got dropped off at
Stanford shortly after.
wouldn’t have wanted anyone else on that trip, and it was an amazing journey
across the country with my boys,” says Short.
reminisced on the trip and talks of the good times he had with some great
friends, spending all $4,000 he made caddying the summer before.
encourage people to travel and experience other areas of the country,” says
Kircher. “It was probably the coolest
memory I’ve had in my life.”