25th Anniversary of the Route 127

I am all about “the experience”. I don’t enjoy spending money, unless it’s money well-spent and the things I purchase don’t always have to be tangible. I like feelings. While most people run from them, I embrace them. Drowning them out with a substance, pushing them away with denial. To me, there is just no point because all the stuff resurfaces eventually. So why not embrace them and enjoy the ride?

Thus is the fun of the Route 127 aka “The Longest Yardsale”. http://www.127sale.com/ It is a road trip, bargain-finding, treasure hunting extravaganza! This 4 day long wonder spans from Michigan all the way down through a total of 6 states to Alabama. Although I have never made it through all of the states, (just due to the lack of time) even partaking in a small snippet is cathartic.

Maybe it’s the fresh country air, where we can get away from city smog and actually breathe. The scenery, where woods and farmland outnumber buildings. Maybe it’s the people that aren’t in a rush, the friendly elderly ladies that loved that my almost 4-year old daughter was hunting for a deal. The older gentleman, that sold me the beautifully ornate, 100 year old farmhouse door and told me about a Pork Festival that is held there in Sept. (We may need to go back and visit for that!) Or the sweet, bubbly mom, who wistfully mentioned that her daughter was at her first job interview and gave us permission to go feed her horses in the field with the melon rinds and sweet feed she provided.

All of this and the fact that I got to bond with my husband and daughter without a care in the world. No schedule or work bogging me down and stealing my attention away. We have fun and we sing and we just enjoy the ride.

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