Golden Lucy's Spiral Journal

Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Lucy in Recovery

I just got back from the North Country. Carole's family had a reunion at her brother's lake home on Lake Macdonald outside of Dent, (Yes, you got it right) Minnesota. It was great fun except for the ride home! I've decided I'm no longer up to 16 hour auto trips with these demented road warriors that claim to be related me.

I won't be regaling you with amusing anecdotes about our trip as you all know men refuse to ask for directions and women always have to pee. That sort of sums things up. In any case, our first stop was a visit with Carole's mother in FAARRgo. That would be North Dakota. It was fun. We ate out. The food was good---but very white. And though I love Clarice, my fellow in-law, 2 days in FAARRgo was exactly enough for me.

On Sunday we went to the lake for the annual family get-together. Brother John and his family just completed a beautiful new home on spring-fed, crystal-clear Lake MacDonald and they graciously shared it for the grand event. I didn't swim, waterski or ski-doo but I went on the pontoon and enviously watched the kids land some outrageous wall-eyed pike. The lake is teeming with big ones. My shoulder incapacitated me that day but vicarious fishing is better than nothing!

I had a lovely time but I'm announcing my formal retirement from auto trips over 2 hours. Never again, no way, no how. Although I realize I'll be kicking the bucket one day soon, I'd rather not do it in a moving car. I also refuse to sit in a confined space and listen to Dubya say anything at all---let alone repeatedly insist we'll stay in Iraq for the remainder of his term. The ghastly thought we have 2 years more of hearing this drivel is more than I can bear. But that's the subject for another blog.

I look forward to visiting all of you manana. It's good to be home.

PS: This is cousin Nate's website.
http://lovasphoto.com/index.htm If you miss this link you'll be sorry. Nate is a professional diver and photographer. He divides his time between the Caribbean, New Guinea and Minnesota. His art is truly exceptional.

35 Comments:

  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    So glad to have you home and in one piece Lucy. You are our own personal Road Warrior. To tell you the truth...I wouldn't like driving in a car for 16 hours either....does that make us evil? It does sound like your trip had plenty of lovely moments though. Hope you had a really good nights rest. See you in the morning....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

     
  • At 9:08 PM, Blogger Chancy said…

    Lucy
    Glad you survived the car trip. I know a 16 hour road journey is way too much of a good thing for me so I understand your vow of "Never Again"

    Why did you have to listen to Bush Was he on the radio? I can only take GWB is extremely small doses. Just saying his name reminds me of a large dose of castor oil. But at least with the castor oil you usually get to say "Mission Accomplished" and not lie about it. :(

     
  • At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Joared said…

    You're sure right about some men "not asking for directions and women needing to pee" bit.

    What is it with the need to drive so many hours -- 16? -- surely is more than I'd want to be subjected to and I love driving and travel trips.

    You clearly need a good pair of ear plugs to carry with you at all times for self-preservation to protect your system from the BAA (Bush Auditory Assault) which is synonymous with BS (Bush Stuff or whatever.)

    Loved that photo on cousin Nate's website -- thought of Nemo.

     
  • At 10:51 PM, Blogger saz said…

    You are such a social butterfly...always on the go! Your blogging fans miss you when you're wheeling thru all those states. Look forward to hearing more about your trip...or whatever. Anything you have to tell us is interesting.

    Couldn't you just switch the station (like I do) when you first hear HIM?

     
  • At 12:26 AM, Anonymous claude said…

    I'm with you Lucy! I hate being cooped up in any way of transportation for over two hours. I even hate the idea of my coming plane trip to NYC! I know I'll be delighted ONCE I'm there, but just the idea of sitting for over six hours , let alone sixteen kills me. You are soooo brave!

     
  • At 5:30 AM, Blogger Miss Cellania said…

    Glad to see you back! Long car trips bug me, too, but I'd love it if someone else drove, even for a little while.
    I've got a post mentioning you coming up Thursday, so stay tuned.

     
  • At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Alan G said…

    As always Lucy, love your trip reports and glad you had a safe trip.

    As many others have consoled you with regard to the King George II incident, I also send my condolences. I have been under the impression up until recently that when we broke free of England and King George III via the Revolutionary War that it would be the one time when history does not repeat itself. But it just goes to show you what happens when one starts thinking.

    Thanks for the link to Cousin Nate’s website. Some really beautiful and colorful photographs.

     
  • At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Terri said…

    Welcome home, Lucy. You were missed.
    I can relate to the driving...at this stage of the game, 7-8 hr. is my limit, but I can understand 2 hr. That's enough craziness on the road.
    Did visit Nate's site and especially loved his sunset series...just spectacular!
    And ditto on the Dubya.....All I can say is H E L P....we'll need it to endure 2 more years of this.

     
  • At 1:36 PM, Blogger Ginnie said…

    So glad you are home safe and sound. Rest up so you can give us more of your great Blogs. Ditto to all that was said about Dubya...I can't even bear to say the name!

     
  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Lorraine said…

    Hi GoldenGirl, I knew there was something missing these past few days. It was you! Very glad you are back within cyberspace range again.

    I felt pooped after reading your blog and the comments about car riding trips. Oh yeah, those days are over for me also, that's for sure!

    I think you have a pretty good idea (from my blogpage) how I feel about Commander Bunnypants, eh? Just writing his name makes me nauseous. LOL

     
  • At 2:07 PM, Blogger GUYK said…

    I'm way too old for those road rips although we make them once in a while. But now we pass everything on the interstate in a hurry to get to the next rest stop to pee and then go hard at it again until the next one.

    I like to drive the back roads and just enjoy the scenery but we have to stop so often that not only does it stretch a two day trip into a week..sometimes it is hard to find a place to pee. So I just stick to the interstates when I can

     
  • At 6:17 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Darling Lucy....LOVED this post! You made me laugh and I a, sooooo with you on L-O-N-G car trips....Forgetaboutit! Don't these folks get that this gets harder as we get older??? (lol)

    Your cousin Nate's site is FANTASTIC! Such incredibly gorgeous pictures....makes me think I should never take another picture, ever!!!
    He is a true artist! But then, you know that already....

    Recover well, my dear, and let them all go the next time, without you. Just take really good care of yourself.....I sure don't want you "kicking the bucket" in a moving car, either! Not even a car standing still, I might add....

     
  • At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Roger Bourland said…

    Just discovered your blog. You have a fine gift for sharing your humanity in a warm, humorous way. Will be a regular reader.

     
  • At 8:33 AM, Blogger Rain said…

    At almost 63, I feel like long road trips are already ruining my back for weeks afterward. I can see from your post, it's time to put my foot down on them as it won't get better. It is helped some by what kind of vehicle as some seats are better than others but 13 hours has me not happy and worse if it has to be several days of that which is the case to take a car to Arizona. Glad it appears you kept your feisty sense of humor through it all :)

     
  • At 2:53 PM, Blogger Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said…

    LOL "men refuse to ask for directions and women always have to pee." I'm not up to 16 hours in the car either - never was up to it. ;-)

     
  • At 7:25 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    Glad you're back on one piece, Lucy. I hear ya' about long car trips. I had a 12 1/2 hour one in April and a 10 hour one last week - and I am all done with that!

    Now I'm going to go and see Nate.

     
  • At 5:49 AM, Anonymous naomi dagen bloom said…

    lucy, what a trip! glad you survived the "white food," that really made me laugh.

    about the bathroom issue while driving. isn't it a bitch that we have to plan THOSE visits to go along with buying gas for the car. we need a blog from you about indignities while driving.

     
  • At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Lucy said…

    I Love Lucy - posts! Your my hero. We of course - ride alot - and it is quite enjoyable up high and of course the onboard bathroom helps. Still we stop every 100 miles to stretch our legs and never listen to the news - except if a major crisis is underway.

    Welcome home. I'll checkout Nate.

     
  • At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Lucy said…

    Nate's photos are amazing!!! Thanks for the link.

     
  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger Code Yellow Mom said…

    "I won't be regaling you with amusing anecdotes about our trip as you all know men refuse to ask for directions and women always have to pee. That sort of sums things up." I think the next time I take a trip, I'm going to describe it just that way. Because it truly is universal.

    You are so witty - I love reading your adventures.

     
  • At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Maria said…

    Welcome back although I must admit a little jealousy when I read about homes on Minnesota lakes and wall-eyes. Even Fargo sounded good to me so you can see I am missing my childhood home a little.

    I agree with you about long drives. They are not fun. six hours is my limit and then it is time to find a nice motel with a jacuzzi.

     
  • At 8:25 AM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said…

    I'm so glad it wasn't the dead of winter when you were in FAAAaargo or you may not have gotten out until spring.
    I'm sure the lake was so beautiful, and the fishing sounds great, even if yours was only an observation role.
    I enjoy driving vacations because there's so much to see.
    I understand NOT enjoying them when there are maniacs at the wheel. I usually do most of the driving on our vacations. Luckily, I'm not a maniac. :)
    I'm glad you are home, safe and sound.

     
  • At 5:39 AM, Anonymous jill said…

    What a great blog you have, I found it via the ageless project.

     
  • At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Janice said…

    Glad you're home safe and sound. The only thing worse than a 12 hour road trip is an hour road trip with a screaming child. I've been in the car when my granddaughter has experienced a meltdown. I just about jumped out of a car moving down I-75 at 80 mph. It's good to know when to say no.

     
  • At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Nancy said…

    I wonder how many people like me are sitting around in their pajamas, coffee in hand , enjoying and laughing at your posts? Just makes me feel better all over and ready to make my self a great day!
    Thank you Lucy............

     
  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Endment said…

    How I appreciate your words --- long trips --- ug -
    as for the link - WOW!!!

     
  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Lucy my dear....I hope you are okay....no posts for a while and well...I hope you have been resting and restoring, my dear...And no more trips! t's enough already! (lol)

     
  • At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Alan G said…

    Lucy....

    Hope all is well. Haven't run across you in the blogging world lately. Your not out taking another one of those long auto trips are you? :)

     
  • At 7:53 AM, Anonymous claude said…

    Lucy, I am wondering too! I wrote you a note at your email address and didn't get an answer. Maybe you're roaming the world ;)
    Please let us know!

     
  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger saz said…

    Where are you Lucy dear....your fans miss your posts!

     
  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Now I'm starting to get worried about you, dear Lucy...Gee, I hope you are alright, my dear...Do let us hear something if possible...And be well!

     
  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger Mildred Garfield said…

    Hi Lucy

    I have been checking in on you for days now and "no Lucy posts." Hope you are ok -- I agree about those long cars ride, I won't like those either.

    Hope that did not do you in. I usually read you and then you pop up on other blogs --- no Lucy. --

    Miss your great posts ---

    Be well.

     
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