Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Road Trip


Come the end of January, JB and I are starting a 2 month road trip. We'll be heading south in our car, away from snow and colder weather, down to Florida, across the Southern USA to Phoenix, where we'll drop off our dog Mattie with friends, then take a plane to Mexico for 2 weeks, return to Phoenix, pick up Mattie, and head to Southern California.

If this sounds adventurous, it is! I've been mapping out places we want to see, and friends/family we want to visit. It's like putting a puzzle together. We've decided we don't want to be stuck in the car driving more than 5-6 hours at a time, so we'll have plenty of stops, some overnight, some for several days. Philadelphia, Charleston, Tybee Island, Savannah, St Petersburg, New Orleans, Austin-San Antonio, El Paso (Texas is big!), Tucson, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Pismo Beach, Carpenteria, LA. There are people and places I will be so glad to see.

I've started mapping our return trip and it's equally exciting: Los Vegas, Sedona, Santa Fe, Memphis, Nashville, Washington DC, maybe New York City for a final fling.

I should add that I'm doing this with a back that still limits me and a knee that probably needs a replacement.  I just ordered walking sticks so I can walk further and with better balance. I should further add that neither of us is sure how traveling life will be with Mattie. But I feel good about it all. I'm glad that JB and I are opting for a grand adventure. I might do a road trip Photo-Journal. I haven't found much help with the planning and gallivanting from available books, so who knows: maybe I'll write one myself!

I see 2020 as an auspicious year. I'm hoping by its end the turbulent era of Donald Trump will begin to recede, and I'm hoping I will have a book contract for my family saga manuscript. I'm also aware that living and dying seems to be playing a significant role for many of us, so far.

I keep reminding myself: Wait to Worry. That little mantra has helped me out more times than I can count.

Happy New Year from me. I'll be posting our travels. :^)

love
kj

15 comments:

  1. That sounds like an amazing trip! I look forward to the photos.

    I still need to learn how to "Wait to worry." I am a work in progress.

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    1. hi deb, I may even buy a new camera! I'm excited to take photos along the way. I have a special interest in signs and storefronts.

      I have no doubt that your kindness and competence has helped so many of your patients 'wait to worry.'

      love
      kj

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  2. It's "only" five hours away--the journey turns to an easy ten if you are adventurous enough to go see every "the worlds larges ball of yarn" advertised on roadside signs.

    Get a good brace for you back and do not torture your knee too much. If the body is willing the road is the place to be.

    Have a wonderful time, both you and JB deserve it Kiddo.

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    1. hi mark, you know we'll be turning off highways in favor of back roads! But no balls of yarn. :^). My car seats heat up and we'll stop every couple of hours to stretch. I hope to hell the body is willing! In a way it's a crazy thing for me to be doing, given that my damn back limits my walking, but who knows--maybe/hopefully I'll return home in better shape than when I left. I can't imagine being in savannah and not walking here and there.

      I hope all is well with you, Mark. What a crazy time in the world...

      love
      kj

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  3. Oh how wonderful!!! Yesyesyes to a photo journal!!! Post every day. An auspicious year indeed.

    I find myself living in The Now and soaking up every second of its glory, at times sitting to ponder in amazement and replay every minute in my mind like a movie. I have no room for worry; the worst has already happened, and now I am receiving the icing on the cake with a cherry on top!

    Here's to Life to the Fullest".

    **blows kisses**
    Deb

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    1. deb, I think of you often these days. You're an inspiration that the worst can happen and yet in time, healing and hope and passion can find its way back home. I'm proud of and happy for you.

      And yes, a photo journal. I'm psyched.
      love
      kj

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  4. Yay! I remember when you were in pain and could barely get off the couch...I hope you have a wonderful time!

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    1. hi e, thank you so very much. the back treatment I had truly took away all that pain. Now I'm stiff. But I'm also overweight and out of shape, so that's on me. I have hope I won't be able to resist gallivanting on our trip and that will be good for me.

      love
      kj

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  5. I can't say that I'm envious of spending 5 - 6 hours in a car, but I am drooling over your itinerary! I will daily wish you travelling mercies and hope that you do indeed share some postcards from the road.

    PS - The Crab Shack on Tybee Island was a restaurant recommended to us and we loved it - except for the sweet ice tea that will give you instant diabetes : )

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  6. Hello my friend ms. 8, JB and I are used to driving a few hours at a time here and there and we always gallivant, so hopefully we'll mosey along without a ton of complaints. We're choosing books on tape and some favorite music CD's for the drives. We're also talking about how not to irritate one another in the car. We argue more in the car than anywhere else: always about driving skills and directions. :^)

    Thank you so much for the tip on the Crab Shack. We'll check it out for sure!

    Wishing you a great year, 8. I hope I see you. xoxo
    love
    kj

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  7. My God, I hope you're right about Trump.

    I am hopeful about 2020 in general - there is a lot I'm looking forward to this year.

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  8. That road trip is the BEST thing i have read in some time! I just got home from the year end break, and to regular internet. I am sure that you and jb will have a gala time. You and JB raise my hope in human happiness.
    And i think its significant that so many of us have started 2020 with a positive feeling in our hearts.. instinctively... :) I have heard so many ppl say, This is going to be a good year. I can feel it.

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  9. What do you plan to see in Memphis--Elvis' house? Explore the city's blues' history? BTW, you won't be coming anywhere near Eugene, but if you ever do, I hope you'll visit.

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  10. Snow, we often forego typical ‘tourist’ sites and try to get a sense of the local culture and local people. I know very little about Memphis so they’ll be lots to experience. I do know we’re getting tickets for the grand old opry because JB is psyched for that.
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