Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Taking to the highway

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Tomorrow, car packed and loaded with dogs and people,

we will head on down the road.

A trip to visit family and friends

in the northern part of this incredibly long state.

Trips always create in me

some anticipation and some dread.

Anticipation for the times yet to be had,

people yet to be seen,

laughter yet to be shared.

Dread about leaving the comforts of

my home and my bed,

the company of my cats, and my garden.

However, once the open road stretches out before me,

I feel at peace.

My shoulders drop, and my tension dissipates

as the miles pass.

We take the state highways and choose to avoid

the interstate when possible,
driving through small towns that have seen better times,

past fields growing more verdant with each passing day,
over creeks gushing with last night's heavy rain.

The dogs ride harmoniously in the cargo area of our Outback.

Britt, my daughter snoozes in the back seat,

i-pod providing the soundtrack to her dreams.

The chatter from the front seat is steady and quiet.

Some of my most meaningful conversations have taken place in the car.

The stereo plays a stream of our most-loved CD's,

favorites that have taken this journey

with us many times before.

And down the road we hurtle,

toward times filled with music and laughter,

toward a place where change lurks on the horizon,

toward a future enhanced by vestiges of the past.

Back in a few days,

when you will see how much I remember,

and I will remember how much I have seen.

Until next time...


All images courtesy of flickr.


  1. Hi Anne,
    Hope you have a wonderful time on your adventure - that you see and learn lots of new things, that you feel relaxed and do many things that you enjoy.
    I love to travel and experience new places but there's no place like home ~

  2. Have a safe and fun trip Anne!

    I hate leaving my cats too!
    See you when you get back
    Pamela xo

  3. I enjoyed being with you on your trip - the conversation with your furry friends is NOT new to me, hope you'll visit - Jennifer jennsthreegraces

  4. Have fun and bring home 'lots of memories! There is nothing like a road trip to bring a family together....dogs and all : )
    BTW, that picture on your sidebar of Max is so beautiful!!! xx Suzanne

  5. Hi Anne!
    Hope you're having a great time!
    Look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. :-)

    Have a wonderful Saturday!

  6. Have fun Anne, can't wait to hear about it when you return. Like your new blog design too. : ) Carrie


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