Delaware or BUST! Two Friends Play Hookie

the spot of joe trip travel passion exploration

That is, if we were still in high school. A month or so ago, I proposed a road trip to a friend, Chris, who runs the Entrepreneurial blog Ideas That are Not Good (I made his logo, I own him,) after my breakup. I was in the mood to explore, find myself, and move on, and travel was the perfect start to that. After a period of convincing, we decided to go to Delaware. Why Delaware? Just like my Yale trip: because fuck it, why not? We found Rehoboth Beach, and checked out the couch surfing site there. A guy with a really quirky name, let's call him the equally quirky Trezvop (his real name has the same quirkiness,) agreed to have us at his place, and we set off.

After a meaningful stop at Cracker Barrel, where Chris and I got into a rocking chair checkers stalemate and I stuffed myself with biscuits and gravy - oh the glory! - we continued on our way, knowing in my heart that I would have won if we stayed there. Chris, if you're reading this, round two will be chess over Facebook messenger!

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And we parked, rain dripping down the car, the street all slick with rain. Luckily I got an umbrella the day before at Propeller Fest (check out my previous post) right next to a cute girl getting into her car after getting a Dunkin Donuts application.

Chris and I talk to her and convince her to spend some time with us at the bookstore nearby, and we're off galavanting with a cute local girl, who turned out to be local only for the summer. She was into business and was excited about being there on her own. As a freshman in U Virginia, it could have been her first time away since college.

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Main street had attractive storefronts, galleries, but mostly bars and restaurants. However one specific store stood out to me, Bella Luna, where we met David, a quirky craft store aficionado. David spoke to us about relationships as an energetic balance. Moonlighting as a Yoga teacher nearby, his explanation involved diagrams, talk of metaphysics, and the explanation that a union of two close souls who are both the priority in each others' lives is "energetically unsustainable." Coming from California - where this type of talk is normal, and having read many New Age books in high school, it was refreshing to see this type of explanation! I felt at home and I got a business card for my craft business I'm starting. He'll be a good resource for answers.

Since Trez hadn't gotten back to us, Chris had the wonderful idea of Facebook-stalking him to find out where he worked and to go see him in person. Maraculously, this didn't freak him out and he seemed to appreciate the communication. It's a good example of our host's easy-goingness. His affect was very much a go-with-the-flow type party guy.

We went to a bar next, with beer names such as "Namaste" (a very wheaty ale I enjoyed) and "Punkin Ale." I danced with Kelsey, a really cute girl I met at the bar, to some live music by New Madrid, an indie metal band, and we were off to Trez's friend's place for a house party. I'm glad Chris got to go with me. It was a blast I wanted to share. Hopefully we'll be travelling more together this summer!

The rest I'll leave up to your curious imaginations after I leave you with this moral: Do you want to travel? Do it. Nothing but yourself is holding you back. We paid only gas and food, and I know a guy who biked across the whole USA on a bicycle. There's always a way!

~Joe