"So as we pack up our truck to head back south, we will once again join the caravan of travelers. Just one of many in an endless steam of humanity. And where is everyone going? Anywhere and everywhere. Why? Because in America, we CAN get there from here!"
I thought I would take a break from politics this am and discuss this very important time of the year. Our Independence Day? Yes, there is that, which is of supreme importance. But the other time of year is vacation time. The time of year which most of us start planning sometime when there is still ice on the trees and snow on the ground. The time of year when the very thought of going ANYWHERE sunny and green fills our heads with hope for the future.
Even though summer vacation season typically goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day, this time around the Fourth of July seems to be the mother lode. Driving on the highways and byways of northern Minnesota is a cornucopia of every imaginable type of vacation vehicle there is.
But it is not just Minnesota - this is a part of Americana. In just about every state, parts of Canada, and Alaska, the caravan is on. RV's, 5th wheels, trailers, extenders, motor cycles, cars packed to the root tops with all kinds of play things. It is the great American caravan. One of the times we can show the world we CAN get there from here!
Why is that important for us, as a people? I have told this story before, but it has been a while. A gentleman from the UK that I worked with years ago, would always "holiday" in the US. I remember asking him why one day. Heck, the main body of Europe was a hop, skip and a jump away from the UK. He looked at me with a quizzical look, like why would I ask such a dumb question. "You Yanks don't seem to appreciate what you have over there. When I holiday, I rent a car and just drive for days. Enjoying the landscape. Never having to worry about bumping into a ocean every few miles."
BINGO! Regardless of the what the city planners and statists want for us, Americans like to GO! They like to drive. They like to pack up family and stuff, and go someplace for a break in the action. Most of us (including me), take that for granted. But we should not. This is part of our freedom, and as we know, freedom is not free. Our brave men and women who gave it all to protect our freedom, wanted us to have this. To preserve it. To enjoy it. To ensure it is there for generations yet to come.
So as we pack up our truck to head back south, we will once again join the caravan of travelers. Just one of many in an endless steam of humanity. And where is everyone going? Anywhere and everywhere. Why? Because in America, we CAN get there from here!