more Random Things Re: RedMolly.
This is the special Travel edition, brought to you by the beautiful Sands family cabin in the mountains outside Ward, Colorado. The early-evening sunlight is slanting through the windows, dappled by a dancing screen of conifer needles and new spring leaves. The boys are in the loft bedroom, piecing together the swell Lego airliner Grammy brought them. Jim’s downstairs with wine, cheese, a sliced baguette and the Sirius noodly-trance channel (which, oddly, I’m not minding a bit). Grammy is curling up in a comfy chair with a copy of Dwell and the blissful knowledge that two of her three grandsons are just an arm’s-length away. On Thursday morning, Mom and I will be winging to DC to visit the inestimable Baby Augie and his beloved parents. All is calm, all is bright.
And now, ten random, slightly travel-related facts about Me:
- I love airports. I love getting there early and sitting at the gate with a book. I love that doubles are only a dollar more (or, in a sad reflection of our inflationary times, two dollars more). I love airport bookstores and overpriced airport convenience stores.
- Actually flying in an airplane scares me, but I love it anyway. What the heck is holding the plane up?
- Did I have the wherewithal, I would build (or have built) a Gypsy wagon. I wouldn’t even have to take it anywhere, though that would be great; I would just like to have it around to hide out in and perhaps to write in as well.
- I have been to Europe exactly once. We spent a frigid but glorious week in Paris one February when I was six and a half months pregnant with Fisher.
- The best trip I ever took: either our three-week honeymoon driving up the Pacific Coast to Vancouver Island in our VW camper, or our two-week revisiting of the same trip in a Land Rover and staying in hotels. Actually, the honeymoon was even better.
- There’s a big part of me that thinks the idea of living out of an Airstream, traveling constantly and with no place to be and no schedule to follow, would be the Greatest Thing Ever. But there’s a bigger part of me that says "what would I do with my books?"
- I travel heavy. I have two suitcases, a computer bag and a large overstuffed purse for this week-long Boulder/DC jaunt.
- I think it’s bad luck to go to a bookstore in another city and not buy anything. At least, that’s my excuse.
- The three countries I’d most like to visit: North Korea, Japan and Morocco.
- The three places in the US I’d most like to visit (that I’ve not visited before): Vermont, Boston and Ithaca, NY. (Do we sense a common thread here?)
Tune in next week, etc., yeah. Keep yer eyes open for more exciting Road Posts…