Take a drive with no directions or plans; leave the city, travel to a new place and dine at a new restaurant.
Saturdays are my Sundays. To most of society Sunday is a day of rest. Not the case with me. But when have I ever been known to conform to society's rules? Saturdays are typically my free days; I do things around the house and for the most part lay pretty low. Sundays fill up quicker then I have time to process it. More often than not I have Sundays that consist of me teaching Sunday School, rushing home to eat lunch, maybe a football game thrown in there, transcribing a CD from a meeting (which takes about 2-3 hrs sometimes), maybe a quick snack and then off to work - where I have been known to be until 2am on some occasions. Needless to say, Sundays are pretty much my most rush-rush/busy-busy days of the week.
This past Sunday was an unexpected surprise for me.
I didn't teach Sunday School.
I didn't have to transcribe.
The Packers had a bye week,
and I didn't have to work. Holy crap!
I hopped into the car after church, made a few calls to people and then decided that hey, this is the perfect day for me to tackle one of my road-trip oriented "things". And that is exactly what I did! My sister was in migraine-town, so she gladly lent me her car and I headed on my way out of my city. Stopping first at my house, of course, to kiss the kiddos good-bye, feed Miss Gassy Pants, tell Mr. Man he was in charge till I got home; grab my ipod, garmin and a can of cherry Pepsi and then I hit the road, Jack!
Let me tell you, there is just something about a Sunday drive that makes me all happy and giddy. It's not weird for me to sing and bounce around while I'm driving by myself usually, but on this day I was even more carefree. I could feel people looking at me as they passed by and I didn't even give a rip. I was 'Ridin' Solo' with Jason Derulo and I didn't care who knew about it.
When you take the time to explore your backyard it is amazing what you will find. There are so many places (very close by me) that have that "small town" feel to them, and are really cool. The thing about it is that I have never really cared to check them out. Completely my loss! And I learned that full well on my drive.
About an hour and a half later it was time to eat. My stomach wasn't havin' it anymore, it needed fuel. The car coasted down the road until it dead end stopped (pun intended) at a massive cemetery. Of course I had to investigate it. And I am thrilled that I took the time to do so. It was amazing.
Back to being hungry. So, back in the car I circled around, found a main street and ended up in Delavan, WI. Home of Barnum and Bailey? I'm not sure, but there definitely was a LOT of circus stuff throughout the brick laid streets. And that is where I found my restaurant, perfectly named the 'Brick House'.
Camera in hand I walked inside and sat at the bar. Mr. Bartender greeted me and asked for my drink order. I was caught off guard and ordered a Pepsi. Hardcore drinker right? I know. As he turned away I noticed he was sporting a jersey, number 80 from the Packers. 80 = Donald Driver. Donald Driver = my boo. I knew this was the right place.
And there I sat...
There were several things that I realized on my frolic into new territory. I even wrote a few of them down on a random receipt somewhere. They went kind of like this:
- For as brave and adventuresome as I am, I am too intimidated to ask for a frickin' menu.
- At 32 years of age I learned what Happy Hour is.
- Harmless people can be terrifying.
There are other notes I jotted down, none of which I can remember right now, so instead I will list more highlights:
- Delavan, WI has some really great places to be seen and photographed. It requires more visits for sure.
- Sunsets in the Midwest are made so much more thrilling when the moon is large over the horizon. My ride back Eastward was gorgeous. So much, in fact, that I stopped on the shoulders of several different Highways simply to take pictures.
My adventure was well worth it.
Have you ever gotten in a car and just gone wherever the road leads you?