Wednesday, May 24, 2006

6 a.m., day after Christmas, I throw some clothes on in the dark, the smell of cold, car seat is freezing, the world is sleeping
I am
Numb

I considered hiring some existential detectives.



But then I drew inspiration from a more reliable source.



Boon: This is ridiculous.
Pinto: What are we gonna do?
Otter & Boon: Road trip.

That's right.

Road trip.

It'll cure what ails me.

Hopefully.

I am going to throw a bunch of stuff in my car and hit the road Thursday night.

I plan to Guerilla Camp.

(This isn't as risquè as you would think. There are national forests everywhere, and you can camp wherever you want in a national forest... I think for up to two weeks.

All that "this land is your land this land is my land bullshit?"

True!)

I do have a destination in mind. I will visit my sister & my nieces and nephew. They will be in Central Oregon for a couple days, and I will meet them there.

On the way, though, I will be seeing a few things and going a few places I have never been. Namely, crossing Lolo Pass, the place that nearly killed Lewis and Clark, and visiting some remote wilderness in Central Idaho. The Bitteroots, the Clearwaters, the Selway River, the Snake River and perhaps Hell's Canyon.

None of this is planned, of course, because that would defeat the essential nature of the road trip. I may or may not end up in Portland.

If I do, I will return along the length of the Columbia River Gorge.

I was going to leave Friday.

But now I think I will depart on Thursday.

I'm feeling better already.

Aren't you?

7 Comments:

Blogger P. said...

Take care, Joe. Pack some extra batteries and memory for the camera. And don't be talking shit to any bears along the way.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Have fun, relax, enjoy yourself...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David James Duncan (of The River Why fame) lives outside of Lolo...Maybe you could stop by. Josh has his address...

11:14 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Walkabout.

That's what I dream of some days.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous husker said...

for a little rebel wake-up before your trip check your email. More Cowbell!!

2:37 PM  
Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

Have lots of fun...I am sure you will.

10:07 PM  
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8:16 AM  

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