Open Road

Open Road

Ding! Feel free to move around the country. Today, the CDC announced that it was safe for vaccinated Americans to travel again. Being one such individual, I’m ready to hit the road. I’m in the mist of planning another one of our annual summer road trips out west. This year’s drive will feature the mother road, Route 66. Sights to be seen include Santa Fe, Flagstaff, Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon. We’ll visit both Frank & Kathy and then John & Chris. Dave & Maren plan on flying on out to California to join us while we’re out there. Maren got her first shot last week and Dave got his yesterday, no fooling. Then we’ll rocket back home, like we did the last time we executed one of these cross-country adventures and then promised ourselves that we would never do that again. Oh well. We need to get home in time to host Rey, Becca and Corwin. Anne ordered a new bed today, so they won’t have to sleep on the air mattress. We will try to baby proof the place, but I’m sure that we will still have our hands full. 

Butterfly Kite

Butterfly Kite

Another day, another first in a year. It is so nice to be vaccinated. We went to the art museum for the first time in a year. It was a nice day, so we bookended two outdoors walks around our museum walk. The art museum is in-between shows now, so we just perused the regular collection, looking for new items that have been placed on display over the last year. There were not as many rotations in the collection on display as I had hoped for, but we were able to search them out. After a while though, I got tired of wearing a mask, so we headed outside again.

This weekend, my brother Chris is supposed to begin his vaccination process. He’s going to get the two-shot Moderna variety, so his immunization will take about six weeks. This will commence the countdown clock for us to be able to visit my family in California. Everyone there will be vaccinated by then. We’ll probably take two weeks to get their, doing some camping and sightseeing along the way. Looking forward to hitting the open road again. I just took the RAV4 into Toyota for its 10K checkup. It too us fourteen months to get to 10K. I don’t plan on it taking so long to get to 20K. Time to plan for a road trip.

Anne and I got out for a walk today, beating the rain. On our walk Rey called. They are planning on visiting us in June, for his birthday. They should all be immune by then. We’ll have to do something to try to child-prof the house. We did it once before, but that was over thirty years ago. I don’t think that it would pass muster now. There planned visit will nicely bookend the completion of our California trip. This vaccinated lifestyle is great. We even met and spoke with two other people on our walk today, both vaccinated or about to be. 

Ridin’ down the street in my RAV4

Utah 142 – RAV4 Safe?

Ridin’ down the street in my RAV4
Picking up my homies in my RAV4
Kick it with my boo thang in my RAV4
Ridin’ down the street in my Toyota 4-door
— Apologies to Cuco¹

Yesterday, David bought a car, a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Very similar to the one we bought about a year ago, except his is gray and ours is blue. He test drove it, but hasn’t take delivery yet. He is still arranging registration and insurance. There was probably also the matter of the logistics of what to do with his current vehicle, a 2003 Toyota Corolla. He couldn’t just leave it at the dealer’s place. Could he? Well no, it is destined to eventually find a home, as a donation, to a local radio station. Our baby is all grown up, buying his own car and stuff. I even hear that he is getting married. He’s not our lil’ Dave anymore.

In other family news, both of our dads are now fully vaccinated. Both Harry and John received their second shots. Yay! However, here in Misery, no joy. All we get now is regular weekly reminders that we are registered to get vaccinated, some time in the indefinite future. We are registered at both the state and county level and with the three main medical systems in town. So, we are getting lots of notices, but not much else. This week, the county’s assessment was particularly bleak, forewarning us that it could be weeks or months before everyone in our tier gets a shot. I don’t know how much the new J&J vaccine will help with this jam. One would think that our “experts” have already factored its arrival into the equation, but you know what they warn, when you assume such things, one makes an ass out of you and me.

  1. Modified lyrics, originally by Cuco, to his song, My CR-V.