Home From A Week On The Road


Last Friday sparked seven restorative days on the road with my husband. Seven days isn’t much time, 1,000 miles out, 1,000 miles back, another 1,000 meandering miles in between. Visiting family in Penticton, B.C. and Lethbridge, Alberta lent direction and purpose, far from burden or obligation we embraced structure, but for predetermined structure we might have driven to Kenora, Ontario.

Road trips are a state of mind, for us unspoken understanding of travel without tidy edges. We don’t care if it takes 6 or 14 hours to get from A to B, the road dictates absolutely no rules (correction – no fast food is a steadfast, unbreakable rule). Hitting the road without urgency is the essence of travel, an expedition of discovery beholden to no one.

For those who know me, a photo of ice cream Notes in Summerland B.C.  Taken on road trip day three, when was the last time I looked this relaxed?

Below – road trip gallery starting with a cell phone shot of my pinhole eclipse view in Greenwood B.C., followed by random unstructured glimpses of road trip majesty extracted from my phone, and husband’s camera –

Powerful and wise, the road delivered a better person home. Notes is back, all it took was a road trip to put things right.

A Changed Notes


Home tonight after nine days on the road with my husband. Over 5,000 Km.,(1,300 of them today) three provinces, gravel road meanderings, secondary highway diners, family, strangers, thunderstorms, road-side attractions, heritage sites, gob smacking geology and demon mosquitoes. Stay tuned – snippets of ponderous elasticity quiver but I’m too tired to catch them. Until tomorrow….

Vacation For Notes


Vacation won’t sink in until my plane takes off tomorrow morning. It’s a loaded concept, yet beyond meeting my husband in Penticton, a 9 day blank slate calls my name. Stay in one place, drive a thousand miles, it really doesn’t matter, I’m on vacation.

We’ll take it day by day, pull off the road when we please, spontaneously fixate on random destinations, erect my telescope beneath the darkest night skies, swim in rivers and remember why we love each other.I’m on vacation, life doesn’t get better than that.