I’ve been longing for the days where we get in the car and just drive. We used to do this when our kids we younger. But then life happened and we went through some changes that required us to show each other who we were. And it wasn’t always pretty but when our relationship became more solid, our everyday living felt amazing, I wanted more than just be in our four walls.

And for the first time in a long time, we got in the car and drove with no destination in mind.

We knew going east wasn’t interesting to us as that is the Atlantic Coastline and North didn’t really seem appealing either.

The options we had were west or south and the then I heard “Go West Young Man”. I recalled it from a song somewhere but couldn’t place it and still can’t. My partner told me it’s from Horace Greeley (it’s true, I looked it up!).

And off went in the car, filling up the tank driving on Route 151 heading towards the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive. It wasn’t west enough and off to the Interstate we went. We fueled ourselves with breakfast and heading down 81 South.

It was amazingly sunny and a beautiful drive and before long there were less and fewer people on the road. There was lots of laughter and admiration for the fields and mountains on the horizon.

Within a matter of a few hours we crossed the State Line and found ourselves here:

We stopped at the visitor’s center and looked through all the brochures to see what may spike our interests and a few minutes later we were back in the car, continuing to head west.

“Let’s keep on driving and see what may peek our interest”

And so, we kept on heading west until we arrived in Beckley, WV and after maneuvering this unfamiliar territory, we switched seats because I get utter anxiety driving in unfamiliar places. Not sure where we may see some note and sight worthy things, I plugged into my trusted friend Google and saw the Tamarack information.

I remembered it vaguely from years ago when I had been in Beckley before many

We walked around and admired the craftsmanship and amazing imagination featured by many artists fueling our own creativity.

And just like that we got back in the car and headed home.

But not until we had ourselves a proper dinner somewhere and since we are both ridiculous in choosing food, we expressed what we didn’t want. And then he said:
Well, there is that German restaurant but I think it’s out of the way” but I again reached out to my friend google and was excited that it was literally on our way home.

German food for dinner and for the win!

And just like before when we visit Edelweiss, it didn’t disappoint – and if you know me I am quite the critic when it comes to German food.

But it was amazing as if I cooked it myself or I was back home!

My dinner choice was the Rinder Rouladen!

And this is more than just about unplugging from social media, your everyday life and all the other things one must do.

Getting in the car without a destination really is about the adventure and to embrace the unknown and the ability to handle this life and business the same kind of way.

And just like this sign sometimes there is only one way out. You could visit but not head east and only west.

We joked how this kind of felt like Hotel California where you could come and never leave.

The entire day I was reminding myself to be present because truly we are both always so wrapped around our work that when the evening comes we are both just wanting to chill. But it’s in those moments we do get to live carefreely, to relax and forget about the everyday stresses we may have in our lives.

It’s about exploring the world around us and to remember life is too damn short to not embrace this adventure.

If you’ve never just gotten in the car without a destination, I encourage you to get over your fear and embrace all that you could discover on your adventure!


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