A day on the road –
As we head to the mid-west the mountains certainly disappear and road becomes straight and hypnotic. An occasional pull off or rest area provides relief and sometimes free wifi. We encountered interesting cloud formations in Indiana that were leading us into a severe thunderstorm situation. The rain started pounding the windshield. Thank goodness for phone weather apps, we were able to see the path of the storm and we were heading straight for it. I suggested to Eric we pull over for a bit. He said, “I think we’ll be fine.” With a little more convincing he pulled over at the next rest area and we watched the storm roll past. He later commented he was glad we pulled over and we should respect the forces of nature.
The ‘I’ states, Indiana , Illinois and Iowa have been flat, flourishing, and farmish as far as the eye can see. The fields of corn and soy beans along the highways are mature and healthy. The mid-west is a long stretch of highway, just saying.
Respect the corn,
Eric and Lori
The Malcolm cats, Sage, Meadow, and Matter.
We leave today to head west, but we are leaving something of great value behind, our 3 cats; Sage, Meadow, and Matter. They will be living with the other Malcolm’s (my in-laws) in the country, where they will receive plenty of love and attention. Each of our cats are as unique as their names.
Sage, our orange tabby, was the first of the trio to make his way into our lives. He was a rescued kitten from a local community, Kitzmiller who ended up at our local animal shelter. My son and I were looking for a kitten to fill the void of my deceased cat Ribbon (a Lynx Point Siamese) who lived to be 20! I told the animal shelter if they came across Siamese to give me a call. Two weeks later I got a call, the shelter and they had a Lilac Point Siamese, with papers, at the shelter. Needless to say, I was there the same day to bring home another cat. We were always a one cat family, but that soon changed. Meadow, the Siamese, was skinny and scared. It took her days to acclimate herself to her new surroundings, but at the same time Sage was a bit jealous that another cat was invading his sanctuary. He soon adjusted to his roommate. Meadow is very verbal and seems to be the spokescat for the group. Her meow, sounds like she is saying, “NOW.” She will carry on a conversation and will respond with a “NOW” to each comment made. Meadow and I are best pals.
Several years later, we returned home from a summer vacation and could hear a kitten meowing in our garage. My first thought one of our cats ended up outside, but Eric discovered a tiny gray and white kitten behind our garage. The mother or siblings were no where to be found. We took this little bundle of gray matter in the house, gave him some milk and food. I looked at Eric and said, “what should we do?” His reply, “we should give him a name.” His name ended up being Matter, because it didn’t matter, he was now part of our family. Now each of the Malcolm’s had a cat to cuddle.So, each cat has a story in how they found their way into our lives. These three misfits have given us more than just companionship, they provide unconditional love…and it feels good.
As part of our journey, we plan to house and pet sit for folks traveling or on holiday. This will give us an opportunity to share our laps and love with pets while we travel. As pet owners, it is comforting to know that your pets are being loved and cared for by compassionate caregivers.
Thank you Tom, Marilyn, and Chris for making our cats feel at home in “the Garden.”
Eric and Lori
My Smiling Eric!
Spread good vibes.
Day 7 Sunday
We make it a point to be kind, friendly, and positive…always. As part of our daily fitness we walk or bike but wherever we go we make it a point to acknowledge others along the trail with a nod of the head or a simple hello. It’s interesting the reactions we get from our gesture. Most times we are ignored, or as we say, we must be invisible. What make others turn away when a friendly face says hi? Someone once told me, if you see someone without a smile give them yours…and I do.
We are happy people, because we choose to be. My husband smiles all the time, because he’s happy. He was once scolded by his employer for smiling too much, and was told to “wipe that smile off your face because they don’t like that here”…but he kept smiling and I’m glad he did. Everyone has a choice to be positive or negative in your approach to life; we chose the positive path. Even when life hands us a challenge or a curve ball, we try are best to stay positive…always. Statistics show that people who approach life with a positive attitude live longer lives, according to a report from the Telegraph, those with the widest grins lived an average of 79.9 years – a full seven more years than their glum colleagues.
Be nice and keep smiling,
Eric and Lori
A week in review…good vibes until next time.
Eric and Lori
Day 6 Saturday
After coming home from a week at the beach it’s time to separate the sand from the laundry. It has been about 30 + years since I’ve done a weeks load of laundry at a laundry mat. Today we broke that trend and learned the 3 lessons seasoned travelers already know:
1. Keep a stash of quarters for laundry day.
2. Laundry mats are super busy on Saturdays.
3. Sort your laundry before you get to the laundry mat; we provided the onlookers today with an entertaining show of ‘pass the panties’ as we sorted.
Luckily, in a small town like Oakland, MD you can leave your laundry on the wash cycle and run other errands without fear of someone stealing your stuff. The laundry mat is a clothes basket of unsorted sorted people, but all have the same goal for the next shared hour.
Now that we’ve laundered our load, We need to rethink our packing and clothing to travel for the next few months. I suggested we pack similar colors so we have less laundry to sort, but Eric is not willing to wear pink everyday. 🙂
What would you pack if you were traveling for three months to national parks and summer festivals whilst camping. I know…it’s tough after being a clothes junky for years. But it’s a good feeling leaving all the glam behind and keeping it simple.
Eric and Lori
Did someone say, “go fly a kite”?
The day started in Delaware with a little time with my kite on the beach. This kite travels everywhere I go, but seldom get a chance to take flight. Today it took flight in the sun filled skies with a 15 mph wind. Seeing the kite above my head gave me a sense of childhood wonderment and freedom….I love this feeling.
Today we leave Fenwick Island and head west to West Virginia to prepare for the next phase of our trip to the west. We never take the likely or shortest route, but instead we take the relaxing and scenic road less traveled. Yes, it takes longer but it is worth every mile and memory.
We will be heading west in a few days. First stop, Boulder Colorado to see our son, Nixon. We can’t wait! Nixon moved to Colorado a few weeks ago and already has a job at a place called The Growing Kitchen, near Lafayette, CO. He is so excited about his new life in the west and his accomplishments thus far, therefore, we are excited too!
Eric coming to the aid of a young couple with small children at the beach. He is such a social butterfly with a good heart…