In Other Words with Dave - August 2019

 

Written by Dave Miller in the August 2019 Issue

Dave and Alison

Selfie stick: check. Sunblock: check. Iced coffee to go: check. No agenda, plans or reservations: check. We are ready for our road trip adventure.

Where to go? Anyplace cool. Colorado seems like a good idea. Point the car that way and we are off. Our vehicle of choice: A rather small but nimble 2-seat convertible made by the Honda Motor Company. Reliable: check. Top-down fun: check. Fun on mountain roads: check. Lots of room for luggage: NOT check. Not even close. Our tiny trunk filled up fast, essentially stowing the equivalent of 2 carry-on bags and a small cooler. That meant no curling iron, no flat iron and only 4 pairs of shoes for Alison. Do you feel her pain? I did.

This “figure it out as we go” week-long excursion was a challenge for Alison. She’s a planner and a rule follower - this was definitely out of her comfort zone. I appreciate her willingness to pack some essentials and head towards Colorado. This was about as spontaneous as we could be with all the ties that bind (our oddball aging pets, Alison’s girls home from college for the summer, and my business). 

I called this our “sampler” tour because Alison hadn’t seen much of Colorado. We’d start low and west, enter the state around Durango and work our way northeast up to Estes Park. We had an amazing time. During our week away, we were able to squeeze in several hikes, visits with friends, gallery browsing, shopping and hundreds of “Wow, so beautiful” moments. 

Pulling into our driveway back home in Timber Ridge, the trip odometer read 2,458 miles. Not bad for a week. No tickets, accidents, incidents or arguments. And not one “are we there yet?” Because officially there was no “there.” It was a vacation without a destination. 

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