California Trip 2013

I’ve learned to take these things on long car trips: A windbreaker or some other jacket because weather is fickle and it can be cold driving through mountains no matter what time of year, even down in NM…Long Pants, socks, reg. walking shoes for same or similar reasons, lots of water, salt packets, a swimming suit in case one of your friends installed a hot tub in your absence and you want to sit in it properly attired holding some goofy looking drink with them, and a towel so you won’t get their floors wet. One time my late husband and I walked to a beautiful waterfall and pond another traveler told us about and swam in it. Actually a towel and face cloth come in handy for lots of stuff.

Yesterday I was taking off from a rest stop and hit the edge of the road too fast and blew out a tire. So I changed my tire, and wished for the days when I was younger and cuter and never had to. But there I was and I did it! I think that’s the second time I have and I was proud of my competence. But as I was finishing up I started feeling sick and lightheaded. I put my tools and old tire away and got in the car. For a moment I felt scared because my cell was having no bars in this Nevada desert. I drank a lot of water and ate some salt and gradually began to feel better with the air on.

So far on this trip I’ve used just about every necessity: Salt, Water, Walking Shoes & Socks, Jacket, Towel…Still haven’t found a friend with a hot tub…but hey, the trip isn’t over and there is hope yet.