As I approach adulthood – oh, heck who am I kidding, I’m pulling it along behind me – I really have begun to have a yearning to hit the open road in style. With no address to speak of – just imagine all the junk mail that will never find me and “Red”!
I remember as a kid growing up in Florida seeing a bumper sticker that read – “Retired: no clock, no deadlines, no stress!” At my young age, I couldn’t begin to understand why someone who had retired didn’t have the need for an alarm clock. However, (a number of) years later I can definitely appreciate the “no alarm clock” mentality of retirement. I know not having a set time to get up has its appeal, but when entering retirement – you still need to have a reason to get up each day. I figure when the time is right, “Red” and I will eventually sell the homestead, pack up our artistic talents, our four legged “kids” and hit the road in search of vintage markets. That way, we have a reason to get up and a reason to see the country – going from one small town to the next finding some great “chachkies”!
How we will travel is currently the question. I’d love to find a great vintage airstream or classic vehicle. One big enough to make traveling less of a headache and more comfortable. I watched a great classic movie not long ago called the “The Long, Long Trailer” (1953). It stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. They play a newlywed couple who instead of purchasing a new home on a little plot of land – purchase one on wheels. Their cross country trip with their new home in tow is sometimes scary, occasionally tearful – but mostly hilarious.
For now – we’ll stick to our own plot of land until the roads call to us.