All I need to know about life can be summed up on the open road. You can learn so much by leaving home. It doesn’t have to be a grand trip either; it can be a ten hour drive to pick up your “bucket list glamper” with the person you love the most in the world. This past Friday we did just that (my love and I), we packed our toothbrushes and a clean shirt along with our phone chargers, 2 peanut butter sandwiches and 2 apples~ ready for our ten hour pursuit of a happy camper that was waiting for us in a large garage in Illinois. We planned on picking her up, heading back toward home 3 hours and stopping for the night~ a nice dinner, sleep in Hotel and be home for college football by 2pm on Saturday. Easy!
As it turns out, 20 miles from our destination and the moment we high fived each other and proclaimed “this was a total breeze”! … storm clouds rolled in and a bolt of lighting hit in the distance just as we hit a detour sign reading “BRIDGE OUT”. This is where the story takes a turn. We back track and make our way to our destination as sheets of rain fall from the sky, thinking the worst is behind us. We are however, IN LOVE with our new purchase and instant friends with the sellers. They’re a lot of really nice people out there in the world! (they live on top of a steep winding road and like old stuff, just the way I do, they are hiding away…you have to find them). The rain lets up after a bit and we begin the process of hooking the trailer to our vehicle. This should be easy too! Nope. There is some loose wiring effecting the running lights on the trailer, which leads to no brake lights on our car which then leads to the guys running down the hill with the car and camper in tow to the trailer place that just happened to be open for 5 more minutes, and is right at the bottom of the hill. Im going to make this short. The “guy”at the trailer place puts some fuses in the car, wiggles some wires…it works! The boys head back up to us girls hanging out in the big garage… about an hour has passed. I’m feeling hungry & suddenly tired.
We all “gush” at the camper and sign the necessary transfer papers ~ the sweet couple shake our hands & the girl gives me a loaf of homemade pistachio bread ( her grandmas recipe! ) We are ready to go! ~ but for some crazy reason as we are in the car, waving goodbye…my husband cannot get the car out of park. (WHAAAT?) Now we have the manual out. Must be something kooky, maybe the guy at the trailer place did something funky with the fuses?
Three hours later our car is towed in the rain….20 minutes away to a town with a honda dealer. Its Friday night, I am not in a nice restaurant six hours from home, I am in a bucking bronco of a tow truck, no seatbelt on a rainy road. (The driver looks a bit sketchy but ends up being very nice.) We are quiet but not freaking out. The car ends up right in front of the honda dealer door; they have been opened 4 days and thank God are open in the morning from 8-noon. We have nowhere to go but the bar next door. We have only eaten pB&j sandwiches, not even our apples. its 8:30. I could literally eat the entire loaf of pistachio bread, but its in the car. :(( I can hear the Karoake singing from the parking lot. We end up buying the tow truck fellow a beer , eat some greasy food and drink like locals, taking in the character of the funky joint that we actually like. The Holiday Inn is right across the street so we are asleep by 11. Funny those 3 places all in that close proximity ..steps from each other. Thank you God for that.
In the morning our car is ready! we walk over and just like we thought it was a fuse! in the wrong place~ they did not charge us, those great Honda guys:) we are back in the game. Going back to get my Glamper.
S0, here is what I learned while gazing at my sweet Camper in the rear view…feet up on the dash, holding hands with my honey….driving past beautiful corn fields in Illinois…headed for home.
If it’s too easy, there is no story…the radio takes you all over the place emotionally…I’ve been to the desert on a horse with no name, it felt good to get out of the rain… my my, hey hey, rock n’roll is here to stay… I’m moving down the highway so life won’t pass me by…while chewing on a piece of grass, walking down the road…I’m going to teach my children well, might go to Boston for the Springtime…throw “I love you” echoes down the canyon and lie awake at night til they come back around …gonna get high in the rockies, can’t help falling in love and surely~ the answer is blowin in the wind! (gosh I love all these songs and lyrics)
* Simon and Garfunkle will put you to sleep, Al Green will wake you back up. Holding hands is my favorite thing , I love to do so while harmonizing to all songs ~
Last but not least, I learned that after 25 years of knowing a person really well, you can learn even more about them, random but important stuff like my husband knows every Gordon Lightfoot song and every line of every Neil Diamond tune. Yup. Even “Shilo”. I did not know this before last weekend. He is also a calm in the storm. We do not always need words to have a fantastic time together.
This man goes above and beyond for me always. This morning I got a text that just said. “I adore you”.
I share this because I must say, you can have it all. Life is what you make it. Today I am one happy camper:)
“Seneca” ~ appropriately named for our first adventure with her…where we hitched her up and took her away.
Happy Birthday to my hubby (TODAY) who I Love and cannot wait to go on more adventures with 🙂
Inspire & share 🙂