Riding down the road, the Nanny driving, I get to thinking. I have spent most of my life on the road from one place to another. I have travelled my country more times than I can count. I spent Jan of 99 to May of 99 going from coast to coast, each time trying to take a different route. I have gotten in my car and taken off on a whim. I have gone places by car/truck always, only flying when the military flew me.
My dad has probably twice the number of miles under his belt as I do. I consider I’ve probably got, at least, a hundred thousand on U.S. soil. At this point in my life, I might push that to 200k. Is it him that gave me this /wanderlust blood? I don’t know.
Driving is my life, much as music is. It defines me, excites me, mellows me and gives me cause to feel alive. Being free to load up and take off is what warms my heart. It is as much a part of me as my parents and my children.
Rarely do I let anyone else drive. It is a treat when I do. It’s just that I love it so much, I don’t like to give it up. When I am a passenger, I try to find other things to do. Mostly to stay out of their way as they take over.
We are headed back towards Yellowstone. It only really costs us gas and wood for our fires. Oh, and $8 a night for a tent camping spot. We use food from the house and try not to buy food when out and about. This time, we are camping where I’d like to be when ex #1 heads home after his month-long hitch for work.
The boys love to see him and I’ve decided he can camp with us for a night or two when he heads home. We’ll do a tour of Yellowstone and let them see daddy and have fun for a bit. In order to do this, we came up early (he won’t be headed our way until Wednesday) and secured our camping spot.
If we waited until Wednesday, chances are, we’d find nowhere to camp. I figured Sunday is when folks take off to camp or head home to go back to work. I was right. We drove up here earlier (it’s only 2 hour drive) and got our spot. However, the rules state that we must occupy it the first night and it can’t be unattended more than 24 hours.
So, up we go tonight and then again on Tuesday night.
Did I mention I love driving and camping? Even if some don’t consider it “real” camping because I have tents and stay in a more secure location? I won’t let them stop me!
Thank you for listening,