My friend Melinda wrote an amazing blog yesterday about our road trip adventure. It’s been almost two years ago since Melinda and I hit the road for a two week adventure across old Route 66. It was one of the most amazing trips ever. We talked, laughed, teared up over a few things, prayed, and laughed some more. And we ate Mexican food — lots of Mexican food. We both love chips and salsa and are just fine with having that for dinner every night — and we almost pulled it off. I think we had a night or two where our meal didn’t start with chips and salsa.
We met amazing people, saw breathtaking countryside, walked among the ruins of old roadside attractions and stood on the original 1930s Route 66. It is one of the moments in time when you wonder how it all came together. How did we pull this off? It happened — and I can assure you that God’s hand was all over this. We called it the Great Girlfriend Getaway and it was! We had so much fun and we had time together. Time is such a luxury commodity these days. It’s just rare that I have time to just sit and talk with a friend for hours on end — but that is exactly what we did. We talked…about everything and about nothing.
Road trips are quick becoming a thing of days long past — but I still love them. Now, I’ll admit that I’m often guilty of wanting to GET to the location and forgoing the adventure of the journey, but I still love to load up a car and take a trip. I want to do more of these road trips, but sadly a little thing called WORK gets in the way. And I shouldn’t say SADLY, because I love my job and I love what I do and I’m very blessed to get to do it. Melinda and I have set our sights on another road trip and this time we’re bringing our friend Karen along. Now, if you don’t know Karen, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. This girl is all out sold out for Jesus and she’s in the midst of starting her own ministry. She has a heart to reach women for the Lord. She is the real deal, but she’s not exactly your roadside motel kind of girl. She’s more a hotel type. But we are bringing her along — she’s not completely sure of the whole thing, but Melinda and I are sure enough for all of us.
The idea of being on the road with these two women for days on end just makes my heart soar. We are all great friends, but we live in three different states and it’s so rare for us to be together in the same place… and to have that for days, well that’s amazing.
So maybe it’s not the road trips I love as much as I love what happens on those trips — it’s the shared experiences of people met, meals consumed, laughter shared and life lived. It’s the ‘doing life together’ part that I love so much. It’s hard when your two dearest friends live states away, but we have a plan to come together and spend days on the road. Where will we go? Who knows? Who cares? It’s the time together that counts.