Monday, October 27, 2014

Tales of Travel

It is amazing what can be found when one goes digging.  My topic of late is adventure, and look at what I just found.  A couple of articles about The Zapps 2011 and The Zapps 2013 and their car, Grandpa.  Grandpa has a more formal name, but Grandpa makes me smile so it's the one I will use.  Grandpa is a 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car and he has taken this family of six to 40 countries in 13 years.  The adventure began with two but now there are six.  Four children were born on the road, each  in a different country -- U.S., Argentina, Canada, and Australia.  

Latest word from the Zapps:   no stopping yet.

Adventure, defined as a major life undertaking, certainly fits the Zapp family.   As Ed and I prepare for our own adventure we are wildly curious about other adventure travelers and can't seem to get enough of their tales of travel.  We are grasping the knack of how to design our own adventure from following theirs.

We have learned that nothing can stop us if we stay devoted to our dream.  We've also learned that we must trust and value the people who believe in us, staying motivated by telling everyone about what we're planning to do and banish all nay-sayers.  From my experience, I'd say we must especially banish the nay-sayers.  There are so many concerns for us.  "Where will you get your mail?"  "You're not going to leave your beautiful home, are you?"  "How will you pay your bills?"  "Won't you miss your family and friends?" "You're kinda old for this."  "What if you have health problems?"  and on and on…

Yep, all of these questions are issues, some could even become insurmountable, but  right now they aren't.   We might break down and have a horrible experience waiting for repairs.  Or we might break down and meet charming folks who help us through the ordeal, sealing a new friendship.  As far as being too old, yep, we're getting up there but next year we'll be even older.  This can't wait.  We will miss our family and friends, naturally! but we'll  be in close touch.  It is the age of the computer.  On Facebook you won't know if we're down the street or in another country.

Our wandering vagabond life has been set in motion.  Awk, I just noticed another definition for vagabond is leading an unsettled, irresponsible, or disreputable life.  Hum, I guess there is reason for worry.


"The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty 'YES!' to your adventure."

~ Joseph Campbell

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