Aka – Wanderlusting’s less known sister. The one that takes the desire to travel and rolls with it. I stumbled across this word a few weeks back and as soon as I read it, I knew it was created for me. And today I roll…
I have always loved a nice long road trip. The wind in your hair, tunes on the radio, random sites like a giant Paul Bunyon and The Worlds Biggest fill in the blank. When I was in high school I got my first taste of road life while following The Grateful Dead on a summer tour. I LOVED the idea of packing up, driving out, settling down, hanging with friends, selling my crafts (I was really good at sewing patchwork clothing and crafting hemp jewelry 😉 ) listening to music, sitting by bonfires, and camping at night. If it wasn’t a two-night city, we got to pack up and do it all over again the next day. The Dead community gave me my first insight into van life and all that came with it. When Jerry Garcia died, I switched to Phish tour (cool, but NOT THE SAME). Town after town, parking lot after parking lot, grilled cheese after grilled cheese…I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Even the gas stations and Walmart bathrooms.
Soon after high school, I took to the road with my best friend Marisa. The plan was to drive her 69 VW bus across the country eventually making our way to Boulder CO, aka the hot hippy guy mecca of our world. The VW never made it. Apparently, 4 bald tires, a bus with no heat (in February) or working windshield wipers, and a starter on the fritz is a recipe for disaster. Not to worry, though the bus didn’t make it, Marisa and I eventually did…via a Greyhound bus. I am happy to report that indeed there were a ton of hot hippy dudes to be found. 😉
Fast forward 20 years and I haven’t been on a road trip since. I mean, I have gone on long drives with specific destinations – when I moved to Ashland OR or visited my sister in Bar Harbor, Maine. But I haven’t driven just to drive. I haven’t had a chance to turn left on a whim instead of going straight…until today. Continue reading “It’s Coddiwomple Time!!”