Category: Road Trip


Day 8:  Journey’s End…for now!

Today I will arrive at my new home! I’m so excited that I have butterflies!!! Rocky senses the excitement as well. I notice an extra spring in his step.  It takes a conscious effort to focus on being “where I am” I don’t want to be so focused on my destination  that I mentally skip past this phase of my journey.  I see  the … Read More Day 8:  Journey’s End…for now!


Day 7: Nothing ventured Nothing gained 

“Gotta find my keys.” That’s my first thought as I wake. I slept soundly last night after being  lulled to sleep by a screeching child- a welcome change after lastnight’s  adventure, but before tucking into my sleeping bag I realized the keys were  missing.  Keys in the ignition, freshly showered I look at my itinerary: Montezuma’s Castle, a place I visited my last trip … Read More Day 7: Nothing ventured Nothing gained 


Day 5: There and Back

 I am awake. And I’m excited, not just because of the amazing sunrise or the way the sun sets the mountains behind me on fire!        I am excited because today,  for the first time, I know where I am going. Years ago I visited Collosal Cave Mountain Park and fell in love with the surrounding desert, so when I realized that I could … Read More Day 5: There and Back

Day 4: Deserts and Desserts

I unzip my tent and shiver in the cool air.According to my phone it’s only 34 degrees.  For a moment I consider crawling back into my sleeping bag to wait for the sun to rewarm the earth. And then I glimpse the colors on the eastern horizon.     I’m ten miles away from I-10 and even  though the posted speed limit is 70 on … Read More Day 4: Deserts and Desserts


Day 3: The problem with boredom 

I would make the absolute worst long distance truck driver on the planet!  You see, I don’t seem to last more than 2 hours before I need to get out of the car, if only for a minute. And it was this propensity to boredom that led to the story that follows.    After San Antonio, Texas I-10 is an never ending stretch of high … Read More Day 3: The problem with boredom 


Day 2: Into the night…

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” J. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings  The soft patter of rain on my tent is soothing, so much so that I tap the snooze button on my phone and nestle a little deeper beneath the covers. But after a moment my eyes open and I toss the covers off.  California isn’t coming … Read More Day 2: Into the night…


Day 1: In the manner of Bagginses

 “It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) As I pile the last of my belongings into my little car, I feel like a Baggins.  Okay, so I won’t … Read More Day 1: In the manner of Bagginses


Memories of a Road Trip

Trip Checklist Take car to mechanic Snacks Clothes Extra copies of Troubled Spirits Kindle Books Papers for Work Toiletries Dog food Disposable urine bag Today’s the day. My car is in tip-top shape and everything on my list is tucked away. I’m ready to begin my trek to the Carolinas! Are you wondering about that last item? Well, there’s a story behind that… I … Read More Memories of a Road Trip