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By Carol Perkins

"I hope I see Switzerland and Greece one day," I said to Guy. His reply was "Why?" I replied, "Why what?" He replied, "Why do you think you won't?" I replied, "Because I'm getting long in the tooth." His reply, "People our age are the ones going on these trips." I then had hope.

Traveling is what I like to do, but it has become a hassle. Getting through an airport, fighting the crowds, sitting scrunched up for several hours with my knees to my neck are expected with air travel. However, destination driving is also tiresome. Fighting construction, trucks, barriers, and narrow lanes bring on "nerves." Even with all this, I like driving trips because I can pick out places to stop along the way and eat at unfamiliar restaurants.

This brings me to our latest trip to South Carolina to visit Guy's sister, Carolyn Berry.

Guy and I drove to Asheville on the first leg and stayed within spitting distance of an outlet mall. It was closed when we arrived and not open when we left. Missed opportunity. On the way to Asheville, I was driving over the Appalachian Mountains with narrow roads, anxious truckers, and barriers. Trapped between semis for forty miles at night with barriers so close I could have touched them made Guy wish he were driving. I wished the same. One truck driver honked his horn and flashed his lights. I never knew why!

The next day was as hectic because of construction, but at least I could see the road better than I could the night before, a fact I didn't share. We arrived at Carolyn's in time for lunch and spent the night. We see her once a year, so we had much catching up to do. She left Barren County two years ago, moving near her granddaughter and leaving the memories, as much as possible, those of the loss of her husband and her two sons. A change of scenery has made her life more bearable, but memories do follow.

A change of scenery keeps me happy. The ocean, the city, the mountains, and obscure towns hidden in valleys ready for exploring are my passions. Will I see Switzerland and Greece? Explore ruins and ride lifts to mountain tops? I hope; I certainly hope so.

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