Tonight, I’m running super short on time, but made a quick doodlewash of an old Volkswagan camper van as my recreational vehicle for today’s prompt. I’ve never actually owned one of these or even ridden in one, but find them really cool. In fact, the only kind of recreational vehicle I’ve ever experienced in person was the camper my grandparents had when I was a kid. My parents’ version was simply whatever car we currently had. Since we didn’t have a lot of money, air travel was not really an option. If we wanted to take a vacation, we would simply drive for hours and hours before finally ending up in a new location, that still managed to be miles away from a beach. My favorite part was stopping at roadside gas stations where I would always get a little activity book. The books came with a special marker to color things in or reveal hidden answers. These books made miles of road travel rather enjoyable.
As an adult, I don’t enjoy road trips very much. I prefer to simply take a plane and get to where I’m going. The main culprit is that I absolutely hate driving and get so ridiculously bored that taking the wheel during a road trip is actually putting people’s lives in danger. I’ve never been good with repetitive tasks and driving through Kansas to get anywhere westward is like that bad dream when you’re running screaming down an endless hallway. If I can get away without driving, then I find them rather enjoyable, even without my trusty activity book. I think this is why I love traveling by train. Nobody ever asks you to stop what you’re doing and drive it. You can simply focus on the scenery around you, zone out for a while, and let a professional do that bit.
I wish I loved the open road more and understood how to enjoy it properly. If I did, I could justify purchasing one of these Volkswagen camper vans. If I could only be a kid again, with parents in charge of the boring stuff, so I could happily focus on my little activity books then everything would be wonderful. But those days are sadly in the past, so these days, you’ll find me taking a plane, which I don’t really enjoy, but the pain lasts for a much shorter time. Even though I don’t enjoy them now, though, traveling in a car was a rather wonderful childhood memory. It felt like an adventure to travel outside my city and see landscapes I’d only ever seen in books. An amazing time, actually, counting the rest stops by the number of activity books I’d accumulated on those long and exciting road trips.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Permanent Green Pale, Cobalt Blue, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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