Over time a dog owner gets to look and behave like their loveable pooch. They take on the character and often the hairdo. Well, do you think that applies to VW owners also? Almost daily we are approached by complete strangers, in a supermarket, library, restaurant, or just walking down the street… “Do you guys own that VW parked over there?” At first we would get a little alarmed by this but now we know our famous icebreaker ‘Pumper’ has stimulated someone else’s curiosity and greased their imagination, often recalling some youthful memory of ‘back in the day…’!!!
It’s a treat to see the expressions and hear the excitement as we get into a full blown discussion with these once strangers and now close friends. And when they realize the ground we have covered in the last 4 years they are in awe, and inspired to hit the road. Almost always they have a few shots of Pumper on their phone and eagerly show us as if we have never seen her before!
This is a large part of the fun for us… To stir the imagination of others and bring a smile to faces… This inspires us also. If we could all do that on a daily basis with just one other person… ‘Just Imagine’. That would be about 6 billion happy events each day… The world would have to be a better, friendlier and more peaceful place for everyone.
The Maine coastline has been a treat to our senses with countless small coves and fishing villages, all the free camping you could ever want with million $ views of ocean-scape’s that leave one tingling with joy!! The people in these parts are so incredibly warm and welcoming…: ‘Come park on my drive…’ ‘Come see my cottage…’ ‘Let me interview you for a book I’m writing on the hippie era…’ ‘Come aboard this brand new $3 million sailboat we just finished building…’, all random and unforgettable meetings as we wander our way north east toward the Canadian Maritime’s on our quick road trip before we head south for warmer weather.
We’ll just tease you with a few wonderful images of the East Coast, fog and all.
Question is… Does Pumper look more like us, or do we look more like Pumper? Probably a bit of both, but that’s fine. We are very happy to look more ‘Hippie’ just wish we weren’t offered drugs quite as often… just the thought of rolling up to the Mexican border carrying a stash!! Early in our travels we used to hold our breath at border checkpoints in case there might be some residual ‘stuff’ stashed ‘back in the day’ that a well-trained drug sniffing dog might find. We breathe easy now, content with our vegetarian and alcohol free diet along with strong preferences to non- GMO along with gluten / dairy free days. Odd? Not the way we see it and with the robust variety of free thinking people we meet we seem to just fit right in!!
Call us crazy: taking flight in a ‘Tin Can’.. A pretty red and white one at that. We of course adore Pumper: Our home for over 3 years. And yes is it the most incredible rush and vibe to look at her and know that, well … this is our life, as simple as that! No running water, electricity, flushing toilet (hang on its starting to sound rather third world’ish, even to us!) And yes.. No shower!! no cable, T.V. or cell phone… Just don’t take our computers away!! Everything we own and need to exist and live life, refreshing to feel so free, so unburdened by life’s trappings!
‘All who wander are not lost’. We are having too much fun and meeting too many beautiful people to have our wanderings cut short. So we continue to trek on. To explore and live each day to the fullest with no expectations but with every effort to leave a positive footprint in the heart and souls of all we meet, and a loving hug to the universe with a healthy dose of kindness to the planet.
Off to explore more fishing villages, walk the beach, poke around in rock pools and soak up that east coast charm… So this is retirement, we’re loving it!
Lobster? Pass thank you!! Does that come in Tofu?
Moose? Would love to snag a picture of one of those beauties as long as it does not choose to do battle with Pumper!!
“Wilde Beast” Think I snagged me one of those already looking at the sight of Steve’s new beard!!! HELP!
Peace and Love… inspiring travellers.