Category: Philosophy of RoadTripping

Travel in the Time of COVID

ShareMy wild west adventure plans for summer 2020 hit a screeching halt when the COVID hit. I had been spending time every day on the plans. When I realized I wouldn’t get to go on a road trip that summer, I didn’t feel like working on the plans anymore. I haven’t touched them since, but …

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Looking for Water

Pisgah Lava Tubes on the Google map

ShareThe reason I want to take another Roadtrip through the desert is that I still know barely anything about it. Growing up in the woods and living in the mountains had always made me curious about the desert. Until I saw desert in real life back in the 90s on our first Extreme Roadtrip out …

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Roadtrip Plan Step Two Part Three: Playing Maps — The Salton Sea & Slab City

Salton Sea - Google Map

ShareI’m still saving the places I want to go on this next trip in Google Maps into the Want to Go list. Someday I’ll organize those Google Map lists. I’m also using Trello with its new map feature and browser button; I’m liking it so far. I’m at the most fun part in the trip …

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Planning Anew

Wild horse on the beach in North Carolina

ShareI wasn’t actually planning a road trip for this summer. I didn’t feel I could leave my Kitty Cat who was 21 years old and had just had a stroke; I lost her this winter, though, and I guess planning a road trip might be a good distraction. I told Terry and Benjamin this (they …

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An Arkansas Vacation

Lake Wilhelmina

ShareThis year we decided, instead of a two week whiz-bang extravaganza road trip, that we would take what we’re calling mini-vacations. Terry wants to see Arkansas. I reckon I do too. We do live here after all. On our usual road trips, we drive far away, to the coast. I really like beaches. So does …

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And Suddenly We’re Back

Fourth of July in St. Louis

ShareRoadTrip 2014 just flew by! Bittersweet as usual. We left out on the Fourth of July and headed to St. Louis, Missouri. From there to the Field Museum in Chicago, to the Eternal Flame Falls, the Great Lakes, and on up to Maine and the easternmost point in the United States. On the loop back, …

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The Time to Plan Is Now

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

ShareI have to interrupt last year’s epic tale because it’s winter now, and this is the time for planning a summer vacation! This is how it starts: where should we go next year? This time, Terry immediately says, Maine. Why Maine? Who knows. Something about lobsters. Last year, I chose Florida since we hadn’t been …

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What I Did Last Summer Part 1: The Crossroads

Benjamin at the Crossroads

ShareFour months after our summer road trip, I think I have recovered enough to write about it. Oh, it wasn’t bad, no trauma or catastrophes. The flat tire discovered the next morning at a motel was probably the worst thing to happen. No animals escaped from any zoos. We set out July 12, 2013 at …

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Working on the Plan

Seligman, Arizona

ShareI might use Google Maps a little differently than most when planning a road trip. Sure, I use it to create a map of the trip with the locations marked and the route routed. But see, I love maps. I just like to look at maps for hours. They could be maps of anything really, …

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Back Home and Reflections on the Trip

Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills

ShareWhew! The first day back, my house didn’t even look like my house to me. I couldn’t find anything, couldn’t find my clothes, couldn’t even find my stuff in the shower. And I especially noticed the noise that evening, the cicadas and the frogs and the owls and the other racket making creatures. My yard …

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