Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's About the Journey

"Are we there, yet?" The question asked of parents ten minutes into the eight-hour (or more) drive prevents many a trip from ever happening.  Then, there's the potty stop requested two minutes after the gasoline stop where the "do you need to go" question was repeated several times.  And, don't forget the convenience of hopping on an airplane and being there in a snap (pre-9/11, that is).  All contributing to the decline of a good automobile road trip.  My husband tells of a trip that his family of five made from native Arkansas to Mexico in an un-airconditioned sedan.  His assigned place was lying on the back dash behind the back seat. Hello! Safety, sun-burn -- how did we all survive before the government agencies told us how to live? I must say it was very convenient to lay down the back seats of the Suburban, throw in some sleeping bags, dose the kids with benedryl, and motor! Ah, the good old days.

Fast-forward to children all grown-up, the complications of air travel, and a desire to travel more  leisurely. Combine that with melanoma, which impresses on you the need to take time to see what you might have missed or ignored before, and you have -- voila! more road trips. I am so blessed to have a husband who is willing to stop on a dime for a sudden antique shop spotting or a local restaurant that looks intriguing or to get off the interstate because little towns are more interesting.

There are just so many things what you'll miss if you don't sign up for the road trip.  I feel more enlightened because of our most recent trip.  See for yourself.

Four-year-old Hudson has an obsession with White Fang.  I think I saw him on I-70. Beautiful dog.

Gotta love a girl this talented.  (note foot on the side mirror)


Come on, now.  You know you still honk your horn in a tunnel.

Never had the luxury of stopping when an antique shop or flea market beckoned (think teens in the car moaning and groaning).

My daughter  - Blue Eyed Bride - always said she wanted her wedding at this little church in Point Clear, Alabama, just down the road from the Grand Hotel. That didn't work out, but we still enjoy taking the scenic bypass to see it.

"Out of the river all ugly and green, Came the biggest old alligator that I've ever seen!" - Grateful Dead (how he got on the ceiling, we'll never know)

So, my friends, I implore you to add an extra day or two onto your trip, when time permits.  The great philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

However, when this awaits you at the end of your road trip, you don't want to tarry too long. 

Here's to a week on the Gulf beach and the journey to get here!

The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Psalm 24:1

1 comment:

  1. LOVE it Karen!!! Cracked me up: The great philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."