It was good for me to travel alone at this point in my life. I've not done that in ages, in over two decades, probably. I remembered how much I enjoy driving and seeing the way the terrain changes as you go from place to place. I loved being able to pull off and explore whatever I wanted along the way. I loved being able to open the sunroof and let my hair blow crazily without any complaints from the back seat. I thought a lot about how I probably wouldn't have felt that comfortable doing a 2-week road trip alone when I was in my 30's -- I would have felt too self-conscious, too wistful about wanting a partner, to worried about what might happen. Now, in my 50's, I've lost the self-consciousness, and I figure I know how to avoid and/or get myself out of most scrapes so that wasn't a worry. And at this time and at this age, I treasured the time alone to just be me and enjoy what I enjoy.
I started my trip in Ashland, Oregon, a place I'd never been to before but always wanted to see. It's about a 5 hour drive from home so it was not a driving day. And Ashland turned out to be as charming as everyone has always said it is.
I saw "A Midsummer Night's Dream" while I was there, which seemed perfect for my first OSU Theatre Festival Experience. It was held in the outdoor Elizabethan Theater, which was a marvel all its own. I didn't take any photos during the play (obeying the signs of course) but here's one that gives you an idea of the theater:
I checked out the three(!) fabric stores in town, and had a very fun experience at one called Quiltz which also carries needlework supplies.
As I was roaming about, I spotted several designs by my sister, Laura Perin. When I asked if I could take pictures to show to Laura, they got so excited to hear that I didn't just know her, I was related to her. They treated me as if I were the sister of the queen. They raved about how much they loved Laura's designs and made sure to show me the special bin they have for her patterns.
next year's line up of plays looks great too.
It was a wonderful first leg for my trip.