Thursday, September 9, 2010

How to wander the road less traveled...

Last week I took two days for myself.  Yes, you heard me.  Just me.  No definite plans.  I was leaving home, and not coming back. 

The plan was for the family to meet up with me on Friday for our Labor Day weekend plans in Gladwin, Michigan.  I packed up the minivan with supplies for the weekend, and left on Wednesday morning.

Wander the earth

Several people asked me, including my husband, where I was planning to go.  I answered simply:

"Wander the earth."  You know, like from Pulp Fiction:


Jules: Well, that's what I've been sitting here contemplating. First, I'm going to deliver this case to Marcellus, then, basically, I'm just going to walk the Earth.

Vincent: What'cha mean, "walk the earth"?
Jules: You know, like Caine in Kung Fu, walk from place to place, meet people, get into adventures.
Vincent: And how long do you intend to walk the earth?
Jules: Until God puts me where he wants me to be.
Vincent: And what if he don't do that?
Jules: If it takes forever, then I'll walk forever.
Vincent: So you decided to be a bum?

Yep, I decided to be a bum.  Yes, my husband asked me that.  Thanks, hubby.

Wandering for geeks

Unlike Jules, I got tools to assist my wandering.  I used my navigation system on my Blackberry -- I call her V.I.C.I. (from Small Wonder) -- to guide my wandering.  In order to find the "road less traveled," I changed the default settings from fastest route to shortest route, and set the routing to "avoid highways." 

I also followed the following rules for my travels:
  • Each destination I selected was an hour or less away.
  • I found destinations randomly, or sometimes by local tourism sites, such as www.roadsideamerica.com/
  • Avoid highways, malls, and any major commercial areas other than traditional downtowns.
  • Only eat and shop at locally owned stores and restaurants.
  • Stop whenever I saw something of interest!
  • Take lots of pictures.
I found lots of great sites, ate at some wonderful local restaurants, and found some awesome little shops.  And I have lots of pictures to share!  Those will come with future posts... stay tuned!

1 comment:

chele said...

I just love solo trips like that. I took one during the 4th of July weekend and it was awesome.

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