Sunday, September 23, 2012

Where Next?

Calendar white space! 

I've got the rig.  I’ve got the time.  Nothing pressing here.   

See?


What are you doing now


I feel loopy, dizzy, liberated.  Frankly, after so many years of structured living, I don’t quite trust this.  My life feels like a dream these days.  But I want to give in to it and not ask questions.  Who knows when it will come again?   

I can quite literally grab my laptop, extra socks, and just ..... go.  The GDB has 1/2 tank of gas, GPS, maps, binoculars, birding books, travel books, and a campground guide.  I can buy Cheetos anywhere!      
Wal-Mart Locations. 
I’d like to do one big road trip before heading for the desert SW after the high holidays.  There is no scarcity of worthy destinations nearby, but I’m ready to take a vacation from the Southeast. 

Probably the best choice this time of year, in many respects, is the Eastern Seaboard.  There are many places I am keen to visit.  And lobsters I want to consume.  There are 3 states in the east whose borders I’ve never crossed by land – Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware.  (Reminds me, I’m re-reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and his description of the Delaware Water Gap in PA reads like a meal you can’t wait to taste).  Yet …..  I feel the need for some wide-open space.  You know - Big Sky stuff.   

Some prairie land feels like the solution. 

I wonder what the Badlands are like in early October? 




23 comments:

  1. Such delicious dilemmas!! Will be so much fun to see what you decide! :)

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  2. Isn't it cool? You have the whole USA to choose from. And with a passport, Canada or Mexico. :)

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    1. I didn't think about going international!

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    2. Don't come near Canada this time of year !! LOL

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  3. Decisions, decisions!! Don't you just love them, especially when you really can't make a bad one.

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  4. I just read A Walk into the Woods again too; some day hikes in lovely fall weather would be perfect. Have fun whatever you decide!

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  5. Congrats on the 1st outing going well. You may have to move that smoke detector away from the cooking area. We have ours over the bed, to cut down on false alarms when I make a grilled cheese sandwich.
    We will be in Kittery Me, on 3 Oct for a few days, then on to Canada's Fundy Nat Park. Enjoy your travels and try to keep the driving down to about 200 miles between camping and you will find it more fun.

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    1. I like the 200-mile rule! I used to do 8 - 10 hours behind the wheel. No longer. Have a great trip! I look forward to visiting that region one day.

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  6. Have fun..I would love to see the east coast one day

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  7. So, so happy for you! I'm working toward earning enough money to take off at will, and your posts inspire me to keep going. If you pass through Taos, NM, please let me know - conversation and a cocktail should be in our future!

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    1. I'd love it Deonne. How fun to meet Sadie in person!

      Me too - trying to find some online teaching work to finance this lifestyle.

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  8. Kim:
    Congrats, you have earned the freedom of travel.It is hard to let go after working an all consuming profession for many years.

    About the South Dakota Badlands in October. I've lived in Nebraska for 30 years and it snows by Halloween and they are already having freezing temperatures in September. You may want to wait for April for the Northern states.

    Hiking on Cumberland Island, Ga or birding in Prairie Preserve State Park at Ocala Florida are good locations for October or November.

    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. -Thoreau

    Bill Gewain
    05Chevy190Pop
    Puni Hele Roadtrek
    Fond of Traveling

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    1. Your advice echoes that of my friend, Laramie Liz. She recommends 4-wheel drive and constant weather monitoring to avoid snow and ice in the mountain passes. That was enough to put this southern driver (without 4WD) off. I've decided to go in May.

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  9. Make it late May then. Spring can hang around her in the Upper Midwest long enough to make you use your furnace in May. It's better to not have to bundle up too much to go hiking. And you don't want to hit tornado alley at the height of tornado season.

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  11. As has been mentioned, it's getting cold in South Dakota already. After getting my driver's license and plates up in Sioux Falls last week I considered driving the 4-ish hours further West to see the Badlands, but the forecast was calling for freezing temperatures overnight so I hightailed it south and am instead at a nice state park in Missouri right now (with free WiFi available at my campsite even).

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    1. Yes, I was reading your recent post carefully regarding the weather conditions. Congrats on your SD residency!

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  12. Oh yea, enjoy your freedom! That's my favorite Bryson book. Just go! Michigan is really pretty in the fall...just saying...

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  13. Western Oregon is gorgeous in the fall...right about now. Rains usually start in earnest around mid-October (wind too).

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    1. I long to see it! Never been to the PNW.

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  14. Love this post with the pics of the BLANK calendar !! That would be mine EVERY day. Love it !

    We may even cross paths before Q - as I head South and West....??

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  15. I just left Connecticut and it is BEAUTIFUL this time of year. A bit chilly, and a bit expensive compared to what I'm used to, but still beautiful! (Then again, I come from Texas, so...take all that for what it's worth!)

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