Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Maps

Over the past 10 years Dave and I have made some long road trips anywhere from 3-6 weeks at a time, when we got home we would fill our our wall map with pushpins. The pushpins represented a variety of things, places stayed and things done, it was a great way to relive our trip memories. Our US wall map was a great visual reference for planning trips, over the years we've driven in all 48 continental states. I've also kept a master atlas with our routes and travels highlighted.



 Our 2006 Honda Ridgeline with 120k+ miles to show for all of the lower 48 states it's been in. We have decided to take it with us on our travels as our run around vehicle, it's gone everywhere we've asked it to, gets decent gas mileage, considering it's a truck, and it's paid for.




I've been going on road trips since the early 60's when my dad would pick my mother, brother and I up in IL where we had gone by bus or train from TX or NY. I remember early on getting maps when we stopped at a Texaco, and it had to be a Texaco, dad was a company man after all. Free maps and pumped gas are all a thing of the past. Welcome centers give out free maps, but how many young folks know how to read one, we always picked up enough for the boys to have one. We are now on our second Magellan and will probably be getting another one in the near future, I have Microsoft Streets and Trips for the laptop but I never go on a trip with out a good ole' map. It used to be I would write the chamber of commerce for tourist information on what was in an area, now just about everything is online now. How times have changed.

Tuesday I spent the morning working on transferring the pushpin points on the wall atlas to Microsoft Streets and Trips map, the goal is to have it done by the time we pull out in the fall.While this won't be as nice as our wall atlas it will help us remember where we've been. Ask Dave sometime about a waterfall in Death Valley that we drove the truck behind-it was in TN, thank goodness for pictures.

Our weather forecast here has heat and humidity in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon, the roads in VT are taking a beating. Tuesday afternoon turned into a rainy thunderstorm filled time, I was working and had absolutely no sales, though there were a few kids in the pool in between the thunderstorms. The winds were so bad they ripped the storm door open and broke the handle, a pop up lost their awning and the rains came down. Executive decision was made to close at 6 instead of 7, no one was out and about in the campground.

This morning we were having a slow start when around 9am a couple of boys came over to tell us of a broken mirror in the bathroom, we're on call a couple of nights during the week. After cleaning that up Dave started working on building new horseshoe pits, one set here are falling apart so it gave him a project to work on. After getting as far as he could we took a walk around and found our friends from GA were home, and they brought me Strawberry Cider :). As soon as the rain stops we're getting together to open it up.

An early text today had us hoping for a closing tomorrow but it will be Friday at 8:30am. As my girlfriend Rene said on facebook "Bittersweet but YAH!!!" If the weather holds we'll get another walk in and call it an early night. Tomorrow will be an early day since the walk through is at 9am, then errands and such since we'll be in town.

Until next time...

16 comments:

  1. I'll have you know, I know full well how to use a map! Having an automated navigator just removes the ambiguity. Also, feel free to send some of that weather out here, we've not had any rain in two months, and we're threatening 120F this weekend.

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    1. yes my son, I know you know how to read a map, who taught you-me. Would love to share the rain for some of your sunshine

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  2. I just recently got MS Streets and Trips for my laptop and I'm still trying to figure it out! I might need you to give me a lesson next time we're together :)
    Yay for Friday! Fingers crossed for you.

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    1. Anytime, though I'm still learning too.

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  3. Just went through the house sale and closing process this past December ourselves. Congratulations!! :)

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment. I've been a lurker on your blog, enjoyed watching your countdown clock. We've spent lots of time in the Catskills over the years, took many a day trip there.

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  5. Glad to see your blog! Cool when you run into other bloggers, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, yes it was cool to meet some other bloggers and looking forward to meeting lots more.

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  6. Well, look at that, my parents have joined an online community....it's like they're following me. =O

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    1. If you can find a fiance on line we should be able to find friends :)

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    2. Touché, Mother. =P Though that wasn't my explicit intention!

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  7. Nice Blog! Good luck at closing. At least your "old" house is farther from the river than ours.
    TTFN

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    1. Thanks Deb, hope you can get out of there next year like you want.

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  8. Been thinking about getting Street Maps and Trips too..... So funny as my dad red the Atlas every night and I was always there. He would drive me, my mom and dad all over the nation when I was young. It just gets in your blood doesn't it!

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    1. Yes it does and to have found someone who wants to do the same makes it that much better.

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