How awesome is it that we can get into a car and go just about anywhere? Even better, at your own pace? Such were my thoughts on our road trip to Illinois. Quite a few unexpected adventures met us on the road (excluding zombies and car trouble, thankfully), and we came back, survived, with horizons broadened. And now, here are the top five highlights from this year's road trip:
#1: Octane Cocktails.
Is it possible for cars to get a little tipsy? We think so. Most drivers have one favorite fill up station, right? On the road, we don't always have much of a choice. With different octane levels at each stop, some with 10% ethanol, our beetle hiccuped a few times and never had consistent mileage (although it seemed to improve).
#2: Seeing the Face of Fear.
Roadkill can be gross. Contributing to it changes a man. We're driving along, see a couple of vultures feasting on something on the other side of the road, and they take off as we near. One went one way. The other? Right at us! We slowed as much as we could, but the huge bird found its destiny in our windshield. The look of horror in its eye is one that I will never forget. RIP, buddy.
#3: The Steering Wheel Wave.
When driving the back roads and open state highways, be prepared for The Steering Wheel Wave, a one or two finger or a full palm, raised briefly, from oncoming drivers. Such good natured hospitality in the country!
#4: Shooting Stuff.
What would a survival practice be without target practice? Some of my relatives know how to keep a sweet arsenal, but my favorite is my father's recurve bow. It didn't take long to reacquaint with it and land a bull's eye from 50 yards. Eat your heart out, Katniss.
#5: Fireworks Over Water.
Until this 4th of July, I've never seen fireworks over water. It was gorgeous. The water's reflection made the darkness go away. It's good to have new experiences. But more important than all of this, I spent time with all my family, some of which I haven't seen in over two years. It was an epic reunion, which bears repeating.
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Three new members have found us! Here's an epic Shout-Out for you all. Welcome to The Cosmic Laire!
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Update: My imagination is fueled for this zombie novel, but first, finish Woven revisions. Ten chapters to go! Here's to tackling two or a few of them this week.
Did you guys survive the fires while I was gone? What's the highlight of your summer so far?
I'm David, and this is a Nebraska sunrise.