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(Or What I Did For My Summer Vacation!)
I sat on my patio early this morning and thought about the things I normally do and go during the summer around Western Washington and realized I had done very little. Where had the summer gone all too quickly?
The coolness of the morning air left over from the night, hinting at the season change, was tinged with the beginning of warmth in the sun rising over the fir trees as it bathed my backyard color in its golden light. My efforts in tending my plant life had paid off in its beautiful lushness. The sound of water trickling over my new Egyptian style urn water feature was soothing in the background. The chickadees frolicked in the birdbath in turn as they returned to the fence to fluff and dry their feathers in the sun; unabashed at my quiet presence.
As I savored the peaceful intensity of nature housed in my backyard, my thoughts of what I had not done were quickly replaced with what I had done and seen during the summer. I have had the good fortune to be able to spend many weeks out on the road with my truck driving husband. The life of a long haul driver is not an easy one however it has many benefits. To be able to travel the many states that he regularly runs with someone else paying the fuel bills is one of them. It’s mostly the 11 western states but occasionally there is an east coast run. The direction is dictated by the dispatcher and the “roll of the dice” in where the load ends up. There is a true sense of adventure with plenty of spontaneity. The road life appeals to my inner gypsy!
Most of the time every night is spent in different places. It could be a truck stop/travel center, a rest area, a turn out on the side of the road, beside a sidewalk close to the delivery place or a vacant piece of ground in a town. Sometimes there is a few days spent waiting for a load or delivery of it and there is a general choice as to where we spend it which allows options for entertainment, if it’s in a town. Renting a car and sight-seeing is always a pleasant surprise when it works out. Dropping the trailer and traveling in the truck unencumbered might be another option. Our space might be small but we carry everything required for our needs and comfort. The truck is wired for household electricity so we are able to charge things that need it and usually have access to the internet. Our smart phones allow us to immediately call up what we might investigate around us where ever we are.
It was a beautiful place for morning meditation in the desert!
Our picture window on the world is ever changing moving from state to state. I have gone to sleep on top of a mountain in a peaceful forest on Meacham Pass, Oregon and the following afternoon found us shutting down for the night at the bottom of a deep red craggy faced canyon.
There were so many chipmunks popping up out of holes
in the grass, running around then popping back down again!
I never tire of the lovely to exquisite sunrises and sunsets. The most spectacular storms have been viewed from the truck windows; astoundingly amazing to behold natures power as it is wrapped around a 74 ft. truck and trailer that can suddenly feel very small from inside the cab. The beauty in its ferocity can render one speechless.
One of my favorite areas is in southeast Utah in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, continuing down to Monument Valley (where many of the old John Wayne movies were filmed) crossing into Northeast Arizona. The huge red rock formations are nothing short of breathtaking in its rugged beauty.
It took quite a while for my techy hubby to talk me into giving up my (very old) Razor cell phone to dive into the cool world of Smart Phones but once he did and I got used to it, I am never without it now. (My kids told me it was about time I entered the current century!) On the road it’s invaluable for navigation and keeping in touch with loved ones. It’s also great for accessing Wikipedia and looking up points of interest posted along our routes as well as histories of the towns we are passing. Along with the pictures, it’s almost like being there. It keeps me busy reading aloud to my driver and the miles and time pass quickly as I learn more about our beautiful country and its colorful history.
There is a truck/travel stop on the I-84 in Wyoming in the middle of miles and miles of dusty gray bushes, dirt and rock formations, called Little America. They have 50cent soft serve ice cream cones, (childhood nostalgia), and when we have time we like to take a break there to indulge our sweet tooth and people watch. People from all over the country traveling the roads stop for breaks there; along with international visitors with their cameras hanging from their necks. When I think that the America I once knew has slipped to far away I love to observe family’s on vacation. The animated kids letting loose of pent up energies contained for too many hours inside vehicles and begging their parents for a chance to use the self-serve machines for their hungry appetites as well as the opportunity to dip into their parents wallets for the many souvenirs that beckon from the shelves. It’s easy to pick out the grandma and grandpa’s traveling with their children who are probably wearing the matching t-shirts from Yellowstone Park. Or perhaps the sports teams traveling together in their matching team shirts. Of course, the opportunity to meet new people for a short chat and hearing their stories is a particularly great thing to do before we continue our intended paths.
I saw my first wild armadillo in Texas. Also saw red headed vultures scanning the desert for carrion. The old west states offer views of antelope and wild horses as well as so many deer spotted all over. Only to name a few.
There is nothing like the open road to inspire the soul in the appreciation for a view of a larger picture. Scenery, nature, people, the “flavor” of different regions and their subtle differences, new experiences and getting away from the “normal” routine left behind at home. We travel on “truck time” and it is never boring. As I went to sleep each night in our comfy bunks in our perfectly acclimated cabin I was grateful for the opportunity that my husband was able to share his job with me as we had time spent experiencing it all—together. When I return home I am fresh and enthusiastic to get back to my home life, inspired.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a Harvard-educated lecturer who penned many an essay and poem.
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