Monday, November 7, 2011

Taos or Bust - The Summer of my 50th year....

So if you've followed along on the last two posts - you'll recognize this post is the first on my cross country trip.  For those who know me...one thing you can say is that I'm definitely organized (on some things and other things - well not so much).  So once I decided that I was "taking it on the road" I got organized and planned my trip.  

So I planned my whole itinerary out...with the most important stops that I wanted to make.  The road map and file was something out of Encyclopedia Britannica.    For me - one of the special stops that the trip was built around was a visit to my girlfriend's grave in New Orleans.  More to follow on the specifics of that...but for now..its important to note that my first post was establishing the nuances of my schedule.  

And with that began my first three posts....

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009


Mastering the To Do List

Today I finished packing for the trip. I did a major swing through Neiman's and Saks to see if there was anything I needed for the trip. Okay - that made me realize I still have some work to do...but anyways...they were having major sales.

I crossed off almost all my stuff on the to do list. Just have to get my books on tape from Sarah, my 8 and 15 pound weights from Target, because I swear I am working on my neglected arms on this trip.

I was a little worried because a friend from Taos called me to say that they went by the house I rented and there were huge pot holes in the dirt road (what DIRT ROAD???) going to the house. And they were worried about my car being so low to the ground. Yikes, I called the rental agent who had the owner call me from Guyana (she is in the Peace Corps..where am I going for god's sake...???) who assured me she was there two weeks ago and I should do fine on the road. Oh well - I will know on Monday when I arrive.

So work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - then I hit the road.



MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009


Revision #1 to The Itinerary - Amarillo Texas here I come

Okay - well I decided that it will be too aggressive to drive from Dallas to Santa Fe on Sunday. And I really want to enjoy Mansion on Turtle Creek. So I now revised my schedule today to spend Sunday night in Amarillo, Texas. At the Holiday Inn no less. I think that seemed to be the nicest hotel in Amarillo. Hmm...outta be very interesting.

Stay tuned for the pics - as proof.




TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009


My bags are packed, I'm ready to go.....

Okay - I'm all set. Everything is packed. I am traveling amazingly light. Well - light for me.

So - I have about five important things to do at work tomorrow...and then I have a 6:00 pm nail appointment (gotta keep my priorities..who knows if there is a nail place in Taos) and I will hit the road at 7:00 pm tomorrow night.

I decided tonight that I am calling an audible - and driving back an entirely different way - and stopping in Louisville KY to see my brother and his girlfriend. I also decided that I might take the historical Route 66 for part of my trip. More to follow on this.



10 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

So far, it's reading like an adventure novel! Aren't you glad you wrote everything down! I write in my journal every day of my life...I love reading back over what I did last year...or last week! I'm loving this, girlfriend! Thanks for sharing! I know I'm going to get wanderlust reading this!♥

michelle said...

I love it! How fun to just go and a great idea to write everything down, it is always interesting to see what we did in the past. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to see more of your trip.
xo

Donna said...

Wow, you have quite the adventurous spirit, Debbie! That is awesome that you made the entire trip solo:) Can't wait to hear about Taos, it sounds like an amazing place!

NanaDiana said...

Oh I sooo love your journal here. I am feeling like I am right there beside you. Isn't it fun when you only have to plan for YOU and what YOU want to do and not worry about keeping someone else happy? Yeahhh...I am liking this! xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am enjoying this trip already! Can't wait for the next installment.

Jane said...

How wonderful that you journaled all through the preparation for your trip and more. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. It's already inspirational...
(And I LOVE the Mansion on Turtle Creek! Good choice!!!)
Jane (artfully graced)

Heaven's Walk said...

I love that we're all taking this "re-trip" with you, Debbie! How fun! :) This is going to be quite the ride, I have a feeling! lol!

xoxo laurie

Della said...

It's going to be fun going on this journey with you! Can't wait to see what you did in Taos!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This is great fun and I'm so glad you kept a journal. My first drive across country alone was when I was in my early 20's in a little vw bug! I wish I had kept a journal. Times have changed and now the drive is in a suv...still no journal. How I envy you those words to look back on.

sealaura said...

How fun! My husband's family is from Amarillo and we drove there one Christmas day after a blizzard, we were so glad when we finally made it, although the streets were empty, there was plenty of snow. Thanks for sharing your journal, I just love road trips.