Walking in Memphis… Was Walking with My Feet Ten Feet Off of Beale
(“Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn)
Spring is just around the corner, so we need to start preparing for our upcoming springtime road trip adventure. Since the Omicron virus surge is slowing down, we are thinking of going to the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis for a week of Blues music. Going to Memphis for the IBC has become one of our favorite road trips. So much so, it has become a yearly trek for us. Blues music is one of the reasons we travel. When we are camping near a city, we find out where the Blues clubs and festivals are at because we love to see the local live performances.
What is the IBC? The International Blues Challenge is a prestigious blues music competition that takes place in Memphis, Tennessee, every year. It is a six-day event that features performances by musicians from all over the world. The final rounds of the competition will take place on Beale Street, one of the most famous streets in America, with over 20 clubs hosting these musicians. The IBC also has seminars, showcases, master classes, film screenings, networking events, book signings, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.
The past two years have been a struggle. But I think it is safe to say that for the most part we are cautiously optimistic that life is turning around and we will be able to get back to some sense of normal soon. If something unexpected happens and we’re back to square one, then so be it. We can be just as happy boondocking in a remote campsite.
Bottom line: We’re more than ready to get back to traveling. One way or another, it will happen.
Welcome to my first “RoadTrip Diary” blog post. I’ve been working hard on this website for the past few weeks and my goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information on all things camping, boondocking and RVing.
I’m excited to announce that when Spring arrives in a few months, we’ll be loading up the truck and trailer and head out on our next RoadTrip adventure. I can hardly wait! It would be just like we did in the good old days. It’s been far too long since we last went camping, and getting back on the road would be wonderful.
And yes, we’ll be leaving in spite of the pandemic.
I’m not really sure what to make of it, but Omicron’s nationwide spread does make me nervous. I’m hearing that this new variant of the virus has an aggressive transmission, but it typically causes milder side effects for most people who catch it.
Here at home we live with roommates in order to help with the expenses. Fortunately, they’re careful when they leave the house. However, my instinct tells me that we’d be safer boondocking in a remote campsite than staying home. Frankly, to be on the road again, I’m willing to play the odds and take a chance on it.
I am really excited about this blogging project because this is a great way for me to share our RoadTrip adventures with you all. I have had so many wonderful and life-changing experiences camping in the past several years, and I feel very lucky to have been able to see so many amazing places while being away from home. Having the freedom to go wherever I want and be completely self-sufficient is an incredible feeling.
Whether you’re interested in RVing, camping or boondocking, this website is for you. Come hang with us and find your adventure on the road!