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Westward Ho! by J J Dare

Tomorrow, I start my journey west. Hurricane Lee delayed my exit today, but on Monday that dastardly General will be in my backdoor as I travel.

Well, actually, I’ll be headed north first to visit my daughter who is living in Siberia, I mean, Shreveport, Louisiana. After a day or two, I’ll head west to Texas. From there, I’ll be RV’ing to Colorado.

My favorite coffee cup, pictured above, will accompany me. I’m packing light, with only what I can fit in a backpack and sports bag. I’ll be roughing it: wearing the same jeans a few days in a row, fighting spotty internet connections, no fast food places within driving distance, and no cigarettes or booze. Oy.

It all came about rather quickly. I was asked if I wanted to go on a two-week escape and even before I made up my mind to go, I’d made up my mind. All I had to do was work out the particulars.

Particulars like, will my adult child remember to feed the cats, who will cut the grass, what should I bring, when will I get back . . . will I come back . . .

I need this, I’ve been told. Escape the ordinary, break away from the past, take a step or two into the future. It’s free, it’s two weeks in the Rockies, and it will be fun.

At any other point in my life, I would have had to decline. I have always been tied to someone who needed me around – now, for the first time in my life, I have no ties, no responsibilities. It’s an empty, strange feeling to be responsible only to myself.

Myself. What an odd experience this will be. Though I’m embarking on a vacation journey, it’s really the start of discovering who I am. There is a stranger staring at me in the mirror that I need to get to know

Creativity is awakening in my mind for the first time in two years. I’m excited to write, excited to unveil new characters and anxious to bring them to life. I’m anxious to bring me to life.

The adventure begins.

{ As an interesting side note, we stole the expression “Westward Ho!” from the Brits. It originated as the name of a satirical 1604 stage play by Thomas Dekker and John Webster, and has been the title of movies, books, songs, hotels, and even a small village in England }

J J Dare is the author of two published books, several short stories and about thirty works-in-progress.

Current enthusiasm is co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch

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