becoming beatniks…

“beatnik: a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society; broadly :  a usually young and artistic person who rejects the mores of conventional society.” – merriam-webster dictionary

…so, buggs and i, have made the decision to become beatniks. we’ve spent the last few days re-reading, on the road, by jack kerouac. we are pumped and ready to begin our journey of artistic self-expression and rejection of what society thinks/says that we would/could/should be. we are off to “find our true selves.”

during the course of our journey, we look very forward to meeting people from all walks of life and their pets. we will be listening to their stories, asking questions, and asking for their permission to photograph them and re-tell one of their stories.

buggs and i, are resigned to go wherever the road leads us. we will accept whatever person requests us or accepts our bid. we will have fun, enjoy each other’s company, and the company of the other pets and people that we have riding along with us in our car. we will go to places that we’ve both been to and never been to. we will hit roadside attractions and take multitudinous photographs.

we will write about our daily experiences, lessons we’ve learned, and what we are grateful for. we will visit with old friends like: g***e, l***a, n**a, e**k, r***n, j**n, k***y, etc. and, we will visit with new friends like: j**s, r***o, etc. we will truly be on the road and on a perpetual roadtrip.

our exciting adventure begins this weekend. we will be picking up two cats and a chocolate lab in walnut creek, ca and then, we’ll drive to oakland, ca and pick-up two chickens. we will drive our new friends up to spokane, wa and deliver them to their new home.

from there, we will drive to port townsend, wa and pick-up a trained service dog, whom we will be driving back to las vegas, nv with us, where he will be delivered to a disabled veteran. after that, the first week of september, we will meet j**s at lake tahoe and go kayaking on the lake. i will get some really good advice and pointers for working out on the road.

buggs and i, will hit the road again and stop to pick-up a terrier mix in south lake tahoe, ca. we will be driving her to her new home in south hill, wa. from there, we have a few days to hangout.

buggs has never been to the beach before, so, we will head to the beach and take the opportunity to meet with a realtor and spend some time looking at houses by day and having bonfires on the beach at night, being truly free…wind in our hair/fur, warm sand between our toes, and salty lips…just listening to the waves crash, smelling the sea air, watching the stars twinkle, and feeling so very grateful…knowing that the goals and dreams that i’m visualizing, saying out loud, and writing about are manifesting. evidence that i will have what i want and i will.

after two days at the beach, buggs and i , will head to portland, or. we will be picking up a shih tzu and taking her to her new home in st. louis, mo. i think that that will be an interesting drive, because i’ve never driven through that part of the country before, so, i’m very much looking forward to it.

i do know that there are a lot of roadside attractions in the midwest, so, there should be plenty of photo opportunities. also, since i loved iowa so much when i was there this winter, it will give me a chance to see it in the end of summer/beginning of fall. i really look forward to seeing and experiencing it.



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