I've been seriously jonesing for a vacation of late. Actually, who am I kidding, I'm always jonesing for a vacation. I could spend my whole life on vacation. My days as a workaholic are well over. But right now, I need one bad. I'm at the climbing the pod wall need to get out stage. I have an extra long weekend coming up this weekend with Canada Day and taking Friday off, but my first long vacation of the year doesn't hit until the last week of July. I plan on going down to the camp for five days to rest, relax, read and write.
But one thing I've wanted to do for a while now, and even more so of late, is to go on a road trip. I've never actually been. I've never packed up the car with some friends and just taken off somewhere, destination to be determined. And now, all my friends are married or have kids, or both. None of them can just hop in the car at the last minute for an unplanned road trip. It seems a shame really, and I realize that is one of the things I like about being single. Sure it has its drawbacks at times, but the freedom to do what you want when you want can be very intoxicating. A drug I drag my feet at giving up. I've come to realize, I don't have commitment issues, I have lack of freedom issues.
Unfortunately, all my compadres who could once join me in my adventures have now gone over to the other side - marriage, motherhood, family commitments. It's just me and Coop left, and she's getting older too. Not sure how she'd take to a road trip. Although, knowing Coop, if there was food involved she'd be up for it.
Maybe that's what I should do. Not this summer. With my sister's wedding cash is at a low ebb, but maybe I should celebrate the summer of my 40th year with a road trip. A week spent driving with no set destination in mind. And a week spent finding my way back. The no set destination appeals to me, especially given that I have no sense of direction and would probably get lost anyway. But who cares? If I have good tunes on the radio, the wind in my hair and Coop snoring from the back seat, I've got everything I need.
Does anyone else get the urge to just pack up the car and take off on a road trip? Where would you go if you did?