My name is Audrey, and I invite you to come with me on a year of travel, learning, and reflection. After thirty years of crunching numbers for the man, raising two kids to the point where they are now happily tucked away in college, and volunteering most of my spare time for the past two decades, I’ve decided the time is right to take a sabbatical.
What am I going to do?
In short, travel. I bought an RV last year and it sat in the driveway for all but one weekend, as plans to explore were cancelled over and over. It reached the point where I felt the thing was literally out there mocking me and my life choices. Well, no more. I’m hooking that puppy up to my tow vehicle and heading south! Beginning in March, I intend to do a loop around the lower 48 states of the U.S., taking my time to really see and enjoy the places I visit. It’s a bit intimidating to me to think of heading out on my own, but as my often traveling friend Mark points out, the beauty of social media is that you get to bring people along for the ride, and that helps a lot to prevent loneliness and isolation on the road. So I will experience and photograph, and then blog and post pictures to bring as many people along as would like to join me.
What am I looking for?
I’m looking for a combination of things; places that inspire and recharge me, places that teach me something new, and most importantly, things that will help to shift my perspective. Several friends have encouraged me to, “Go spend a year seeing all of the National Parks!” and yes, that would be awesome. I’m definitely going to see some National Parks, but what I’m also looking for are places where the battle for civil rights have been memorialized, and places where women who have contributed to our culture but remain less celebrated than they should be. I want to celebrate them. Is there someplace where art is celebrated in a quirky offbeat way? I’m in. Is there a place where folk music is played, but that I’ve not heard of yet? Perfect.
The photo and caption above are from a recent visit to the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. I love it, because it put forth the idea of embracing joy as an act of resistance. I never thought if it that way, so it stuck with me. Excellent!
Let me know if you have a favorite place to visit!
Do you have an idea for a place I should see, or someone I should interview along the way? Please let me know! You can email me at Audrey@MagicCarpetCaravan.com.
You can follow along with me a few different ways:
- Log onto this page and see what’s new,
- “Like” my Facebook page called Magic Carpet Caravan (link either below or to the right on this page, depending on if you’re using a desktop or mobile app), and since my blog will be linked to that, you’ll theoretically see that in your feed. If you don’t want to have the Facebook algorithms decide which blog posts you see…
- Click on the “Follow” button on this page, type in your email, and anytime I post a new blog, you’ll get an email alert!
What’s with the name?
The name Magic Carpet Caravan reflects the nature of this trip, combined with my favorite poem, which was published in the late, great Shel Silverstein’s book of poems and illustrations, “A Light in the Attic”.
We all have a Magic Carpet of course, because it can be anything. An RV, a car, a horse, a bike, your own two feet, or even just a well explored imagination. What matters is that you use it, and this poem describes my mindset perfectly as I start this journey. After a very difficult 2016, it would be very easy for me to start living in fear, stay home, and make my life smaller. I’ve decided instead to push out of my comfort zone, to allow for vulnerability and for personal growth. I’m doing small trips first, but on March 1st, I will leave New England and begin to drive towards the terrifying snake, alligator and crocodile filled swamp of the Everglades. If I’m going to do this, I’m going all in.
If you would like to come along with me, I welcome you here!