Monday, October 27, 2008

A workaholics caution on spontaneous travel

Considering my birthday just went past, K and I decided to be adventurous and take a quick trip up the Pacific coast line, away from the laptops . Spontaneous and crazy , we thought but it had to turn out like a bad road trip movie. Listed below is the top 10 things that can and will go wrong, if two workaholics take an unplanned trip

10. The age old cell phone that K has preserved conks out the day before the trip. So considering the “emergencies” that might come up, we spend 4 hours calling around for a used cell phone that we can use. Of course K in all this is still waiting to buy the miracle cell phone which will give him the world in a box (and no! its not the I-phone), so it had to be used and not in contract .

9.We reach the inn 3 hours later and during sunset, only to find there is no coverage of any kind on any phone. So K spent the next half an hour walking around the Inn, over hedges and climbing up trees, trying to get a whimper of electronic spark.

8. The only entertainment around the place where we went is hiking , trails and bird watching. None of these which K and I could do after 5.30 pm where it was dark enough to be good for Halloween scare night and we had to return early the next day for the Sunday housework that we usually do

7.The place where we stayed was right out of Robert Frosts poems. Woods were dark and deep with fallow deer scaring the dickens out of K but standing fine in the middle of the road and top it all off, birds screeching suddenly. It was beautiful and scary all rolled into one, but having skeletons at road corners (due to Halloween) kind of made it all the more ghoulish . K and I haven’t walked through a stretch that fast since our wedding day when they yelled that food was getting over and the kitchen was closed.

6. Only one restaurant in 20 mile radius and the vegetarian option restricted to a cheese filled veggie sandwich and French fries. Considering I can't eat cheese it was back to curd rice for me. When your feeling the slight cold coming on and run the cold water on home made curd rice to make the rice loosen up, its at this time that I think back fondly and almost drooling about my moms tomato rasam (soup) with potato fry.

5.We turned on the wood burning stove and thought it was really pretty , till the sweating started. The place turned into a pizza oven in about an hour and we had to open the windows to get a little breeze in. Which is something we should have remembered to close before dozing off at 9pm. We woke up frozen to death at 11 pm and then turned on the stove again. So the alternate process of heating and cooling was followed the whole night, with constant things hitting the tin roof, just to wake us up when we were finally not sweating or shivering.

4.When we finally did get out the next day to go sightseeing, only to discover the fog had rolled in , so the wildlife and the light house we wanted to visit where totally out. Again “Check weather” part of the trip wasn’t checked – “DUH”

3.We decided to drive to high point for what constituted as a Bird Observatory. While climbing in our cozy car up the 10 mile mountain track we saw 2 woman jogging up the track. Reaching the observatory, which was also covered with fog, we noticed a few surfers making their way to cold stormy waters. One of the surfers, looking at our head to foot covered look asked us if he could help, sure we were lost :D ! Looking at him all hale and healthy, we mutely shook our heads saying we were there for photos. We tried following him down, only to turn back halfway. Groaning with the stress of the cold air and slightly uphill walk, we reached our car, only to have the lady joggers passed us full of smiles and good wishes. We looked like we had run the 10 miles instead of them.

2. Driving down, there was a beautiful lagoon filled with a million birds. Slight problem though, the only pictures we could take was by walking through marsh lands. Well considering I was in my summer crocs, I had to wade through funny slushy water to get to part where I could take pics. The joy was kinda destroyed by a sudden lick to my toe. Knowing that the lick was animal, I had to run back through the water to the car and carried enough mud to make a small sandcastle into the front seat of our week old car.

1. K and I forgot one major detail. We have become creatures of habit. We need everything planned and detailed. So even though I’m sure every one of those above details would not have been such a problem if we were not constantly dependant on outside help. Everything from the GPS to the net , which tells us constantly where to go , what to see and how to do stuff, was for once not relied upon . So though we were not lost, the urge to turn on the GPS for the closest starbucks had to be curtailed all the time.

I discovered a few things during this trip, one there was a Vedanta retreat in the middle of nowhere ,second its fun to sometimes not plan everything in life and third – I am so out of shape that’s its sad. The daily work has consumed not only our social activities but a lot of our healthy life as well.If we rewired our entire thinking and of course told our work and bosses to take a hike, this would have been a lovely trip. It still was, because it reminded us that nature is still the most powerful force on earth and more importantly nothing feels as good as home in the end :)!

For the smile

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry.

A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong."I feel terrible," he explained. "I accidently hit this rabbit and killed it."The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to her car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 feet away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 feet, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 feet. The man was astonished. He couldn't figure out what substance could be in the woman's spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, " What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?"

The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said:"'Hare Spray' Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave."

Keep smiling ppl


Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...



still rolling

on the floor laughing..

we all need to go to a hi tech gadget detox center..


8:36 PM  
Blogger kaushik said...

That is one great trip!
I have so wanted to just go someplace without planning....

I should do it one of these days!

Happy Happy Diwali!

8:54 PM  
Blogger utopia said...

i like the pictures and ur trip did sound like fun :-).
belated happy birthday. :-)

2:53 AM  
Blogger CM-Chap said...

I guess I shd meet K sooner or later... I also eternally waited for a miracle phone and relaized not gonna happen in this lifetime...settled for a SE P1i.

Almost everyday I'm drooling about my moms food, got to wait for a month more for my vacation.

On the lighter side, Im gonna preserve this post of yours for "How not to screwup your trip?"

On the serious note, its good that things didnt work out the way u expected... Life is fun only when the unexpected happens.

And reg ur reply comment in previous post "notice the dazzling wit and lack of humility" - Yeah. Cheers to my fellow Scorp :)

7:03 AM  
Blogger hari said...

HI Anu,

One thing you would appreciate that it was the unplanned aspect of the trip that made it so much interesting and revealing.

Another thing only if we step out of our cocoon of lifestyle that we realise how much more tough, interesting, healthy and difficult life around us is.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Prashant Sree said...

Hi Anu,

Being back here after a long time.,. Loved this post.,. For 2 reasons.,.

1)Its more like the Chaos theory, where u go for a tour unplanned and encounter wild things quite unexpected.,. You have put that in a humorous way.

2)Your summary that the Nature is the powerful force in the world. Quite wise words ;)

P.S: Didnt know that they have renamed the rasam to Soup... ;)

4:11 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

I always knew that when trips r sudden and unplanned, they always turn out to be the best ones!

Looks like u had an awesome time with so many the pics!


5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said... Home Sweet Home indeed!! Enjoyed ur post!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Vinesh said...


makes The Checklist seem like God!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Anu said...

@Sundar : Glad I made u roll :D!

@Kaushik: Yes an unplanned trip is perfect.. but remember to check the weather before you leave
@Utopia: Thank you.. all pics were taken by me, except the sunset -Ks contribution

@CM : Hey, a fellow Scorp:)! Yes you and K should meet, that way I dont have spend hours in Fry's or circuit city analyzing every lil button on a cell

@Hari:Your right as usual :)!

@Prasanth:Welcome back.. wow chaos theory.. i just though Chaos ,not about theory :)Soup was the closest i could get to rasam for my non tamilan pals

@Keshi:Thanks :)! I loved taking those pics, esp the golden gate bridge

@Pal: thank you :)!

2:10 PM  
Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Where did you guys go..I am guessing more like Point Reyes or someplace further North from SFO (from the pics).

3:10 PM  
Blogger uma kumar said...

hi anu,
unplanned trips are supposed to be adventurous provided few things in ur list are right.
i want to go on such a trip without mobile phone or ,any gadgets
except the tv to see to check the news.

12:26 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

HAppy for ur adventurous trip, and at times, a bit of unplanned activity makes it thrilling n gives the fun n life to it... and

It still was, because it reminded us that nature is still the most powerful force on earth and more importantly nothing feels as good as home in the end :)!

Agree with you totally!! Nothing feels as good as home in the end....

And am back!!!!!! Thanks a lot anu akka! regards to K avargal

9:53 AM  
Blogger ...nIShAntH... said...

Now thats a great road trip..seriously...
something you ll never forget... :D

5:51 AM  
Blogger Vignesh said...

Commenting after a long gap:)

I envy u guys...:) u make such a lovely pair i suppose(correct me if im wrong :) :P)...

And pls can u post a pic of K-the mystery man so ppl will have a glance :)

12:21 AM  
Blogger MAN IN PAINTING said...

me too felt like being part of the trip
nice post..
take care

5:46 AM  
Blogger Tazeen said...

the wooden stove scenario gave me a creepy sense of deja vu, I have been in a similar situation three years back and since then i make sure that I get central heating wherever I go. Quaint little places are not for me

12:21 PM  
Blogger CM-Chap said...

Ha Ha... Enjoy your analyzing the small button job for now.... lol

8:13 PM  
Blogger Ani said...

hehe nice joke dearie..

and lovely pic..

belated birthday wishes.. hope all ur wishes come true

6:36 AM  
Blogger Jaggu said...

Hi, just passed through your blog while browsing. You have got a nice blog here. I also like unplanned trips a lot and made many in US. Hope you can guide me for any trips in West Coast as I am new to this area.:)

1:43 PM  
Blogger Raju said...

Belated Happy Birthday!!

Been there done that (unplanned trips) but Murphy's law didnt come true that much.. Early this year, I suddenly decided to drive to Orlando (from NJ). Within 1 hr, the hotel room was booked, and the eatables and clothes packed. The car created some new problem, which delayed the trip by 2 hours but then everything went fine later.. :)

6:39 AM  
Blogger Sri said...

Wonderful posting!

12:21 AM  
Blogger MAN IN PAINTING said...

hello anu..
updated mine..
do read

5:56 AM  
Blogger SMM said...

Anu, where's my comment?

And where art thou as well? s the workaholic working so much?

1:36 AM  

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