Saturday, March 19, 2011

Oh, the places you'll go.

"Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!"

A few months prior to graduating college, I got in a car accident.  My ultra-safe Volvo caught on fire.  Who can say they have caught a VOLVO on fire?  This girl!  So, after sufficiently taking my Grandfather's kind gesture of letting me use his car to an extreme, I finally bought a car.  A white Nissan Altima.  I thought - this is a nice car - it will get me through the next few years.  I never knew the places it - or I - would see.

We know 35 between Ames and Des Moines like the back of our hand.  You want to talk about 380 between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City?  We'll take that trivia challenge and describe to you every mile marker in great detail.  We've seen the likes of Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, 35 South to KC, 80 from Iowa to Davenport, Wineries in Iowa, Wineries in Missouri, Wineries in Washington, Wineries in Oregon - ok, that girl (THE CAR) loves wine!

A release party at Dobbes Family Estate.
But I never could have guessed all that we could discover together.  80,000 miles later - we're still together and going strong.  Girl just got a new pair of shoes - check out those new tires - but where is her mirror you ask - that's a whole different post!

We off-roaded today to a great winery.

If I die tomorrow, please bury me in a wine cave!
We then caught some energy on a drive to the coast and prepared ourselves for a hike.  She gets energy from things like rainbows (and gas, I guess).  Me?  PB&J and Coffee!


And then on to a great hike on the coast.  And when I say great, I mean AWESOME.  We climbed Neahkahnie Mountain and it was amazing!


So, my point, today, with the car?  You never know where you'll end up.  And sometimes that fact blows my mind.  Or maybe just on days when I drink wine and climb to the top of a peak where all I can see and hear is the ocean. 

"Out there things can
happen and frequently do
to people as brainy and
footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. don't stew.

Just go right along.
You'll start happening too."

CHEERS (with a glass of red wine from those great wineries!)!

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