Noticed a hitch-hiker heading north on my way back from lunch. Looked to be a Wartburg college student, probably attempting to get home for Thanksgiving. I wouldn't have hesitated to give the lad a ride had I not had to get back to my desk.... My first thoughts were spent recalling a really good movie, Into the Wild.
Second, I started thinking about my own unchartered adventures taken both as planned, and as unpredictable desperations. Moving out as an unprepared 15 y/o. Being homeless but optimistic, several times. Sleeping in cars, outside, churches, dorm rooms, roach infested hell holes, etc. Getting back and forth to Oregon, whether by bus, trains, or planes and encountering some interesting and sometimes downright scary people. Spending my senior year in a travel trailer on a mountain near the Mckenzie. Being oblivious to what "must be open minded" meant in an apartment ad. Thank God for survival mode. It's all experience that I am happy I've had and could make a good book someday. Done babbling now- Hope that fellow makes it to wherever he is headed!