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08
Feb
18

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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Waking up this morning, I can hardly turn my head left or right (or up and down for that matter). Arriving in Munising yesterday evening, I was excited to check out the blue ice I’d been seeing posted on Facebook for the past week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I parked along side a few other cars, momentarily considered throwing my Yaktrax on (opted not to because the 10 seconds they take to put on was too long), grabbed my camera and started on the 50 yd walk to the piles of gorgeous plates of ice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I came to the edge of the ice where there was a rounded hill of fluffy “snow” heading down to flat, clear ice. I placed my boot on the top of the snow and suddenly my world was up ended, my feet coming out from under me like one of those old slapstick comics, stepping on a banana peel. I landed on my neck and head HARD at the bottom of the fluffy “snow” hearing a loud crunch. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I laid on the ice for a moment trying to figure out what the hell happened before attempting to collect myself and stand up. A concerned onlooker came out from the parking lot to check on me saying, “Oh my gosh, are you OK?”. I like to think I’m tough so I waved her off saying it was no big deal (while being a complete whiner in my head). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once I was able to stand again, I made my way to the unreal sheets of ice stacked in precarious piles on the shore. They were amazing, crystal clear, with unique bubble formations streaking through them. I could hear the water rushing beneath them making cracking noises as it moved some of the ice farther out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After snapping some photos, I made my was cautiously back to the car (safely with no falls). I’m glad I went to check the ice out but will definitely take the 10 seconds to don safety devices next time!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #michigan #winter #ice #blueice #munising #nps #picturedrocks #picturedrocksnationallakeshore #findyourpark #imold
Old girl is still full of spunk!! #hiking #hikingwithdogs #snowshoeing #winter #snow #michigan #upperpeninsula #australianshepherd #australianshepherdsofinstagram #aussie #rescuedog #olddogsrule #seniordogsofinstagram
“If you’re lookin’ for heaven, it’s nort of da bridge!” #roadtrip #mackinacbridge #upperpeninsula #michigan #australianshepherd #australianshepherdsofinstagram #aussie #aussiesofinstagram
Really fantastic sunset last night viewed from a frozen Michigan lake. Fitting 5 dogs into the cab of an older Tundra was an interesting feat but we made it happen! The sounds the ice made were mournful and otherworldly. @puremichigan #hikingwithdogs #hiking #ice #lake #frozenlake #sunset #michigan #dogs #sillouette #goldenhour #muttsofinstagram
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