“Not all who wander are lost” quotes J.R.R. Tolkien. It is this quote which best captures our spirit of adventure. The things we will do and have done, we’re often told, are things “everyone wishes they could do.” And in our minds, we think, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” But man cannot live by wish alone. He must do. And so begins our next adventure.
Three weeks of emails, phone calls, applications, booth fee payments, printing, duplicating, organizing, and packing has lead us here. A national tour; one of our own design. Matt, the love of my life, who wooed me with his music and Renaissance man personality is going on the road. He plays instrumental arrangements on a tapping fretboard, called a Chapman Stick. His music covers such genres as classical, pop love songs such as Annie’s Song and the Rose, Celtic, 60s and 70s classic rock covers such as Fire and Rain and House of the Rising Sun, Christmas classics, and his latest old-time gospel. For a taste of his music, please visit http://www.vibedeck.com/nowordsrequired.
We’re still trying to figure out how we’ll pack five months worth of equipment, gear, merchandise, clothes, laptops, books, and DVDs into a four-door sedan – and oddly, therein lies the fun. Our ultimate leap of faith.
In three days, we’ll load our car with everything important to us and head east toward St. Simons Island, Georgia for a three-day art and craft festival, the first stop in our tour. For the next five months, we are road bound. We’ll start in our Buick Lucerne “Lucy,” and somewhere along the way, we’ll pick up our Rexhall Vision Motorhome.
Though the festival itself doesn’t begin until July 3rd, we wanted a day to explore and settle into the town for a few days. Fireworks from the pier will cap our second night; keeping us geared up for the third and final day of the Sunshine Art and Craft Festival in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
St. Simons Island is one of five islands off the coast of Georgia which makes up the Golden Isles. Being the outdoorsy type, we’re in search of hiking trails, nature trails, bodysurfing, canoeing and so on. One of our favorite things – and we haven’t even left Texas yet – is many of the hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, and outdoor trails are pet friendly. So, as much as there is for us to do, we can also bring along Della, our 1-year old Shih-Tzu.
She knows there’s something going on. There’s boxes and suitcases strewn across the house. Just for kicks, I’m making her a “Pawsport.” She’s going to be a well-traveled dog and since she is our fur-baby, it’s just as important to us, ok me, she feel as much part of this new adventure as do we.
So, if you see a metallic beige Buick Lucerne weighed down and a little white head (that’s Della) peeping over the dash or through the window, give us a wave and maybe we’ll see you in Georgia or somewhere else along the way. Drive safe!