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The Road


“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” 

-John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”

The road trip, it has been immortalized by many an author, from Kerouac’s stream of consciousness, to Steinbeck’s descriptive narrative, to the frenetic, drug-fueled musings of Hunter S. Thompson. It’s an American tradition.

Tires humming beneath me, chewing up endless miles as they roll west.  The loneliness of the small hours of the morning, the only company my four-legged companions snoring contentedly in the back, and the music – Tom Petty, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, all whose lyrics I belt out at the top of my lungs, windows down to let the cool air wash over me and keep me alert.

Gas stops pared down to minutes – fill the tank, let the dogs stretch their legs, grab a drink to make sure caffeine levels remain high enough that if I had to push the vehicle to my destination, I could.  The sun peeking over the eastern horizon, lighting everything ahead of me. The terrain changing from Midwestern corn fields to the rolling short grass prairies of eastern Wyoming, Montana or Colorado.  That first glimpse of the Front Range in the distance.  Approaching my first night’s stop, delirious exhaustion bordering on hallucination, overridden by the excitement of the new surroundings and the possibilities.  This is my happy place, the place I feel at home, the place I feel alive.



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Went to pick up a new water filter, since pets are allowed at Moosejaw I brought Cache for his first visit downtown. He pretty much rocked it despite all of the distractions. Such a cool little pup! #australianshepherd #australianshepherdsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppy #blacktri #grandrapids #michigan #summer #downtown
Tonight I was using the facilities when my adorable little puppy brings in a baby rabbit leg from the yard. Mira brought me the head. Dogs are ummm...awesome? **no they didn’t kill it, they’re too slow #australianshepherd #australianshepherdsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppy blacktri #grossthingsmydogbringsme #unluckyrabbitfoot
First time out last night with my chosen hunting pack, the Mystery Ranch Women’s Metcalf. I still need to figure out all of the adjustments but it felt decent with 30 lbs in it. I’m glad I’m not any fatter because they certainly didn’t give much extra on the waist belt (unless I’m missing something), my Osprey has waist belt webbing for days and this one is all the way out 😱. Suburbanites look at you funny when you’re schlepping a pack at sunset through their neighborhood. **photo is blurry because I’m super fast!!! #backpacking #backpackhunting #hunting #hiketohunt
Working weird shift this week so took the dogs out early, like both one kayak 😳. We had some hiccups at first (**cough** Cache jumping out) but once we got going all was well! #australianshepherd #australianshepherdsofinstagram #aussie #aussiesofinstagram #puppy #olddogsrule #seniordofsofinstagram #kayakingwithdogs #kayak #intexcorp #summer #michigan #adventuredog #dogsofinstagram
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