Tomorrow begins another road trip with Aria. This one keeps me in my home state of Wisconsin but will lead me to the Eastern border of the state that will also give me a glance at Lake Michigan. This lake is not new to me, in fact, while I was working in Milwaukee I had the greatest privilege of renting a cabin-style home on the shores of Lake Michigan with private beach and lake access.
I shared the home with a college friend of mine and I can still remember walking down there at night. There was a natural rock dock that went a few feet into the water and we went down there, watched the sunset with my then dog, Mitzy. The night sky was clear and full of stars. We talked about work, customers we dealt with, memories of college, future plans and strange lights in the sky. It was one of my favorite places that I have ever lived in.
But this weekend is just an overnight trip to the Green Bay, WI area. I haven't been there since High School went I spent a few weeks at the campus for band camp. Love the college and area, the camp, well, it was alright. Volleyball camp was a lot more fun and better but that was ages ago. Now I'm returning to a city that has, without a doubt, grown a lot in the years, also home to our state's football team, I can only imagine the logos that will be displayed everywhere.
The trip involves seeing a few more Rustic Roads and marking them off of my "need to still see" list, give me a few more blogs to write and then head over to Door County, up the "thumb" of the state and sail over to Washington Island for the final Rustic Road of the area. When I say "thumb" of the state, take a look at the state of Wisconsin. There is a portion of the state that jets out into Lake Michigan and when that is attached to the main state it looks like a mitten. Hence the word "thumb" of the state. O.k. truly that is just my saying, I'm not even sure anyone else in the state uses that phrase but I like it so I'm going to continue to use it. Then if you look at the Western Border along Minnesota it is actually the face of a Native American. I often joke that my county is located in the Native American's "bugger". Which pretty much sums up "tiny town living".
But I still love the state and the hometown could always be worse, being a traveler I have seen worse so I can't complain I just like to give it a hard time now and then. Tomorrow is going to be an early and long day with an even longer day on Sunday; close to 12 hours on the road when it is all said and done. Then I get to go to work the next day. What was I thinking?!?
I'll tell you what I was thinking. The days are getting shorter, my goal is not complete and this is going on year two of the Rustic Roads, I have points for a free night stay, the weather is going to be good and fuck it I LOVE ROAD TRIPS!! I love driving, getting lost in my own thoughts, listening to music and radio stories all while seeing new places from the comfort of my reliable and beautiful car. I'm alive and free every single time I hit the road and I'm missing it terribly so that is what I was thinking.
I'll write more as the weekend goes on and I can't wait to share my Rustic Road experiences with you. Because no matter how much I plan and prepare for these trips there will always be, at least, one that gives me a run for my money and puts a whole lot of tension on my nerves. I never expect anything less, but if it was all smooth driving then these blogs would be BORING. Take care and enjoy the day!!
Driving across country can bring about some interesting situations. Broken down on a day by day basis enjoy my adventures and set backs along the way to some beautiful destinations.