Road trip planning guide with day trip ideas by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or RV, highlighting vacation stays at beautiful Bluegreen Resorts.

"A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go." - W. Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways

For the Love of a Road Trip: Jennifer's Conspicuous Mountain

Just why do we love our road trips?

There's not a lot to wonder about why we crave the open road.  Freedom, open space, the sense of expectation that comes from visiting territory new to us, and the familiarity of finding that it holds so much that's similar to where we've just come from.

Fresh faces.
New vacation experiences. 

Having no where in particular to be and no appointments to keep lengthens our sense of time and seems to buy us a little more to work with.

The romance and draw of the American Road Trip is distilled down to its essence here in the words of writer/photographer Jennifer O'Keefe:

"In the spring of 2009, I bought a white cargo van to go on a two-month road trip that coming summer.  The previous owners had given it a name, "Conspicuous Mountain".

For some reason, the name haunted me on the trip.  On the one hand its meaning was obvious, redundant; on the other, it eluded me completely, like something so close you can feel its breath, but too large to understand the full shape of.

Perhaps that's why we go on journeys with a hope that some distance from the trappings
of our everyday lives will give us perspective, show us the greater shape of things.
Or perhaps, it's that feeling that you get on journeys, that the world is arranging itself for
you.  that there's some choreography to chance.

Whatever the case, it is a grand illusion."

- Jennifer O'Keefe

Photos of Jennifer's two month trip capture the wonder of someone looking at the very ordinary through fresh eyes.  Her scenes, bound by a journey, are frozen both in place and time. 

Enjoy your virtual road.

Photo credit:  Smilelonger on DeviantArt


Road Trip Across America- Dreaming Up a Mother of a Vacation

Wish I could say I've been on a trans-continental mother of a road trip across America and that's the reason for not updating lately, but it's not true. I've actually been busy here at Bluegreen Resorts dreaming up ways to communicate everything there is to do on your best vacation experiences. It's a wonderful job to have.

While I'm offline, trying hard to do some thinking outside of the box I call my cubicle, I'll leave you a few thoughts on traveling. Those of us who enamoured with the idea of travel have lots of reasons for planning trips. Sometimes it's to simply get away, but more often it's to reframe and reset, and a chance to connect with friends and family without the distractions and demands of the everyday.

That's what I'm dreaming up for you anyway.

Be well.  And Enjoy the Ride.

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” - Martin Buber 

And my favorite, the one that catches my idea of the essence of an outstanding road trip experience:

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” - Lao Tzu

Photo credit:  Motionpicture Mind on DeviantArt


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