It’s time to hit the road again. Oola and I are going to Dallas – with stops along the way – to a family wedding.
Before the camera, people on the Grand Tour would keep their observations in a sketchbook. This ties in perfectly with my conviction that I remember places and things I take the time to draw much better than if I only take a photo.
I have this app that lets you draw and paint on the iPad with finger, stylus, or special brush. The plan is to post a drawing each day. It’s new to me, so let’s see if I gain any facility with it. I also got an app that alerts you to roadside attractions along the way. We’ll see what oddities we can find – and draw.
You can click on the drawing to see an enlargement.
Here is the first sketch. In the parking lot, under the magnolia tree, ready to go. On the left is Mom’s Memorial Prius, still with her bobble-headed chihuahua who has acquired the name Bruiser. On the right is a Volkswagen van of venerable age. It bears the decals of many trips, and would love to go, but, alas, is no longer a long-distance vehicle. I have a greenish memory of morning sickness in this van, brought on by the child who is now getting married.
We’re leaving tomorrow morning, heading to the Sierras, maybe Tioga Pass. We are trying not to plan to much in advance. Just generally heading East. Though we do have reservations to camp on the south rim of the Grand Canyon.