Saturday, April 13, 2013

4/13 Blog Title Change

OK, I have been thinking about renaming this blog for quite some time.  When I set this blog up, I chose the first relevant title that came to me.  Afterwards, it felt like a pretty dull title. 

One of the things that started my travel bug way back several decades ago was John Steinbeck's book Travels With Charley: In Search of America.  In 1960, Steinbeck was 58 and had written all of his great fiction.  He decided to travel America in a pickup camper along with his standard poodle, Charley.  According to his son, he was also dying.  In any case, his description of his travels of over 10,000 miles was published in 1962 and became a best seller, and I was one of the millions of people who read it and dreamed about doing the same thing--seeing America. 

As I set out on my travels, a lot of people were concerned that I was doing this alone, namely without a male person to perform all the complicated tasks like driving, hooking up, and ensuring my physical safety.  Some suggested I get a big dog to protect me against intruders.  Frankly, I enjoy my personal private time and am used to making my own decisions.  In addition, getting a dog, big or small, would complicate things and make it more difficult for me to visit places with an animal in my vehicle, so no dog, either. 

I had been wishing for a long time that I had taken more time in naming my blog, so I am now renaming it.  There will be no Charleys of any species accompanying me, so it is now "Travels Without Charley"!  (My older friends will appreciate the literary reference and who cares about the younger ones.)