Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I've been everywhere

I've been off on a bit of a solo adventure this past week, driving alone from Texas to Ohio by way of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky to meet up with my brother and parents and visit some extended family.

And then on the way home, I decided to take the scenic route. I drove through West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama before finally crossing through Mississippi and Louisiana again, and then home to Texas.

I drove through 12 states and slept in five of them.

I saw my parents and brother, four cousins, six first cousins once-removed, all my uncles, all but one of my aunts, and my last remaining grandparent.

I saw autumn leaves for the first time in 12 years.

I drove through the Appalachian Mountains.

I crossed the Mississippi River twice.

(Ditto the Ohio River.)

I shopped at Tamarack in West Virginia.

I climbed the tower at Big Walker Lookout in Virginia.

I ate pulled pork with four different sauces at Tom's Barbecue in Greenville, SC.

I put more than 3,000 miles on my car.

I finished reading The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch and liked it very much.

I drank many tiny plastic bottles of wine.

For 5.5 of the eight days I was gone I was completely alone with my thoughts. I didn't have to worry about what anyone else wanted or needed. I didn't have to make anyone's dinner. I didn't have to clean up any messes I didn't make. I didn't have any appointments to keep.

I had a lot of fun.


I missed my kids and husband. And even the stupid dog.

I missed the water pressure in my shower at home.

I missed my bed. And my pillow.

I even missed my own cooking.

I learned that while I am a total antisocial misfit loner and proud of it, some things are just more fun when shared with one's favorite people.

And I am SO GLAD to be home. Where my people are.


  1. Sounds like heaven. Except for the missing of spouse, kids, Rascal, bed, pillow and home cooking. The rest sounds divine! I have not had a day to myself in years. (Maybe when the kids are teens?) Glad you made a safe round trip. How'd the Santa Fe do?

  2. That above was MsCellania, by the way. Geesh.

  3. I loved following your journey on Instagramme. So much so that one day I will do a similar drive.

  4. As they say, absence makes the heart grow founder. What a wonderful trip. Envious!

  5. Your trip sounds wonderful. Great photos, as always. You have a very artistic eye. I'm actually a Greenville, SC native (one of few). I'd really miss our autumn leaf show if I ever move away from it. Would have loved to join you for BBQ and met the woman behind the blog I've enjoyed for years. If you're ever passing through again...

  6. Sounds like a great trip for reconnecting. Special hooray for autumn leaves.

  7. Well, crap. You should have called me (or emailed). You probably drove right through Asheville. We could have drank/drunk(?) wine from big glass bottles on my deck enjoying the awesome fall foliage in my back yard.

    Good to hear you had a nice trip!