Solo Road Trip

I have the sense that few can keep up with me – with my exuberance for life, my joyfulness ever-present and available right as I wake up at 5:00am. Thank goodness, then, that I dearly enjoy my own company – because for much of my life that has not been the case.

I used to loathe spending time alone – cringe as I looked at myself in the mirror. I’d have used anything to distract my attention. My D.O.C’s were sugar and boys – and still are, though I no longer partake in either one the impulses are still active at times.

Now, though, I am the very best company I keep and I find that I am enjoying myself more and more each day. It’s been a glorious transformation.

On Tuesday afternoon, I returned home from a 5-day solo road trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It was my 2nd ever solo road trip involving over-night stays – and my 1st one took place 10-years ago, so there was a pretty large gap in-between. It was a rather impromptu trip and I had a simply brilliant time.

Here are some trip pics & reflections of things I enjoyed from my travels:

I enjoyed: pumping up my old Coleman stove by the light of my headlamp in the early morning darkness to make tea.

: being an accomplice to my friend Lewis in helping him to smuggle a hot chocolate mug out of a restaurant we dined at.

: walking the main drag in the town of Banff in the mornings before it had become packed with people.

I enjoyed: playing guitar while nestled in the back of my old Subaru as a light rain fell outside.

: being able to set out early in the morning and not have to contend with anyone else’s wake-up schedule.

: watching the sunrise at Lake Louise awaken the mountains and water with an ever-changing interplay of light – I sat at the water’s edge in one spot for 2-hours simply basking in the majesty of beauty unfolding around me – it was brilliant and life-affirming and utterly captivating.

I enjoyed: my trip’s motto of “winging it” – it was a great traveling verse to have as a companion and allowed me to feel care-free, un-tethered, and able to move about in the spirit of openness and joy.

: my own delightful friendship – my own company was a source of great solace.

I enjoyed: having friends to visit and spend time with – 4 guys who each have such a warm, open, and kind nature.

: bearing witness to the natural spectacles of Banff NP without the distractions of my own chatter – communing with nature solo and unencumbered.

My love of the open road and traveling has been rekindled on this trip – I’m already thinking about where I’ll venture next. So, stay tuned…

Oh! and to celebrate and symbolize both my trip’s motto of “winging it” and my spirit animal: before landing on my doorstep home the first place I stopped when I pulled into town was a tattoo parlor, where I got this great new tattoo of a crow, which I’ve affectionately named “Banff”


To see the video montage from my trip, click here:

To see the full photo album, click here:

6 thoughts on “Solo Road Trip

  1. Wow! I loved this. It brings back fond memories of a visit there one Christmas with my, at that time, teenage daughter. She lived and worked there for three years between finishing high school and going to university. The combination of all the surrounding beauty (including the elk that loved to hang out on her lawn lol :) ) and spending such a special week with her was one of the most amazing weeks I have ever lived through. I think that I will be smiling for the rest of the day after reading your words and looking at your wonderful pics. :)

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