Thursday, March 18, 2010

The "How" of Yellowstone Dreaming, Part Two

Was I the only ungrateful child who dreaded family vacations?  Since I am an only, there were a few benefits. I didn't have to fight to sit next to the window.  I didn't have to share anything.  I was the queen of the back seat.  On the other hand, I had no one to fight with!  My theory is that you don't remember much of your childhood if you are siblingless.  I know it's not a real word, but it is my blog.  Anyway, I don't remember much of my childhood since most of my life was spent in my head.  I had to talk to someone and that someone was me and my imaginary friends.

The one vacation that I do remember was our trip to Yellowstone when I was nine or ten.  The high points were Old Faithful, the wooden walk ways over the steaming ground, prairie dogs, and the rustic cabin we had for the night.  I know memories are totally unreliable, but I think we saw the dormitories where the employees lived.  I knew I would ever be cool enough to do something like that.  I'm still not cool, and I'm not a college student anymore, but 50 plus years later, I'm on my way. 

Flash forward to 1971 and my infamous hippie trip.  You haven't heard about that yet?  Where have you been?  Actually, it was pretty tame.  We just drove and drove from one side of the country to the other.  My traveling companion wasn't very talkative so it slightly resembled traveling with my parents.  Again, the highlight of our trip was stopping in Yellowstone.  We took a short hike and sat for a while by a small waterfall.  It must have been early June and there were patches of snow on the ground.  I have never felt such peace in my life.

I let the Yellowstone dream die for many years.  Life got in the way like it usually does.  Who knew that raising children would take so long?  Working with a nurse at a dialysis clinic in Yucca Valley, California, finally got me back on my path.  She and her husband had worked the national parks for ten years before returning home.  Her stories got everything stirred up again, and I started to fantasize about running away.  She was the one who told me about, the mother lode of alternative jobs. 

I still didn't think it would ever happen for me, so I passed the opportunity on to my sons.  My oldest son had graduated from college and was working at Staples.  My other son was working a seasonal job at Lowe's.  I knew the time had come to send them on their own adventure.  For the first time in their lives, they listened to me.  When they drove away, I was tempted to throw myself on top of their cars.  I showed restraint for a year, although I have threatened more than once to no one in particular that I was running away.  Thanks to a husband who knows better than to say no and sons who like having me around, I will finally find out what waits for me in Yellowstone.  The countdown begins.


Adele said...

I'm equally impressed and excited for you. And it's so cool that your kids want you there. I'm loving your blog. You really are going to have a great summer. You'll cope with the things that aren't so great, living in close quarters, and edr food, but that stuff is really so small compared to all the experiences you'll have. Bravo!

Judy said...

Thanks, Adele. I've signed up to follow your blog. Posting everyday is not a job for sissies! And you have such great pictures too. Bravo back at ya.

Adele said...

Well, uh, er...I don't make it everyday. One of my sister bloggers pulls it off, and I am forever humbled. You just gotta do the best you can. :-}
Glad we've connected with each other on our journeys!

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy,
My husband Roger mows your grass and told me about your blog and your trip. I am 60 and an only child, tg for my imaginary friends.
You have given me hope that there is still adventures out there. Be careful I might be the one jumping on top of car going with you this time.

Judy said...

Sandy..Thanks so much for checking out my blog. Roger did a great job on the yard today. You can hide in the back seat if it isn't full of all the stuff I shouldn't take. What's one more thing?

mewanta said...

aww I come here .. here and there use to work with you @ wintersong .. I did Activities ...glad your still around

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