Aren't they lovely, those words? So simple...and yet so BIG, or small...I guess...depending on the number of miles between where you start and where you end up.
If you've been reading me for any length of time you know of my desire to travel.
I've written about my Wanderlust and of hitting the road for a little Asphalt Rejuvenation.
My daughter and I love to watch travel shows and fantasize about going EVERYWHERE.
So, you can imagine how discussing a possible road trip to Seattle with Hubbypants would have my knickers in a bunch (but in a good way).
When I was a kid my grandparents would take me road trips in their motor home. My most vivid memories are from our stays at R.V. parks where I would covet the U.S. travel maps stuck to the sides of other R.V.'s.
Picture from: www.signsoflife.net/rv-travel-map.php
How I longed for one of these. A simple blank map with outlines for all the U.S. states - a rather unusual thing for a kid to long for, don't ya think?
The idea is to fill in the map as you visit each state. I loved seeing half full maps. Oh, the full maps were beautiful...all filled in with the colorful state stickers. But the quarter or half full? They hinted of what was to come and I found that ever so mysterious and exciting.
Fast forward oodles of years and I have no motor home and no U.S. travel map sticker. But, I'm over it (not really).
I STILL want one of those maps, but now I want to put it on this here blog. I'm on a mission to fill in the blanks and discover the wonders my country has to offer - and then explore what lay beyond the border. Like, perhaps, visiting these bookstores.
All that will take money...lots of money. That reminds me of a little story I wrote, My Little Secret.
But it's just a story...no, REALLY it is! I wonder how much money those kind of writers make??
Anyhoooo....So, Hubbypants and I are still in the deciding phase, figuring out finances and such. However, my mind has already charted the course, fueled up the car and packed the necessities - my brain has already left the building! (Wow...I pretty much wrapped that up and handed it to y'all with a bow...can't wait to see the comments that arise from THAT statement).
Ah...open road. If this does happen, on the day that we leave, I'm going to jump in the car and shout:
"NORTH WESTWARD HO!" and fire up Willie Nelson on the iPod...
What did you covet as a kid?
Were you a map geek, like me?