Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Break Road Trip!

Bossy Betty hits the road tomorrow morning to go see some grad school buddies up in Sacramento.  It's a solo flight: just me, my audio books, suitcase and assorted snacks and I am pretty darn excited about it.

 According to Mapquest, my trip will be 388.5 miles and will take me 6 hours and 1 minute.  341 miles of that will be on Interstate 5--a stretch of road that some find tedious and boring, but I'm the type of person who seeks out these long roads, the straight paths, the stretch of highway rolled out in front of me like a roll of aluminium foil dropped on a long narrow kitchen floor.  

After years and years of preparing for trips and packing suitcases and backpacks for kids, there's a certain pleasure and selfish thrill of packing just for myself.  I went to the library to pick out books on CD's, and I have loaded up on snacks. (For those concerned friends who have examined the above picture carefully, that's Trader Joe's Green Tea in those bottles, not white wine.) 

I will be self-contained there in my Ford Focus, rolling along Highway Five, my car and brain on cruise control. When I get tired of listening to a book, I'll get out some of those CD's that only I enjoy and belt out some tunes at the top of my lungs.  (I do an especially good "Mandy" with Barry and John always loves it when I sing with him on "'Rocky Mountain High.")

Best of all, when I reach Sacramento, there will be the smiling faces of my friends who hold a special place in my heart from an especially good chapter of my life.  We'll eat, we'll talk, we'll stay up entirely too late and we'll argue points that only English Majors would argue.

Then, after my visit, I'll get in the car again, head back down south where, on that end of the journey await HOB and Evan, waiting to welcome me back home. 

Man, is life good or what? 


Trevor said...

That sounds like the life!

Don't get too wild with Barry and Mr. Jones.

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks LL,
Wish you were going to be in the car with me. We could have a duet!