I grew up loving road trips with my family in our station wagon car! It was the seven of us driving the highways to see my grandparents! It was an adventure for sure, though I didn’t realize how much so until many years later.
My family would travel through the night and not making stops along the way, only at The South of the Border. I didn’t know it then, but it was not safe for us to stop to get gas, and staying at a hotel was out of the question. We traveled from Virginia to South Carolina and at the time it was not safe for African Americans traveling through the southern part of the country.
My mom and dad always made it fun for us. I never thought anything about us always traveling at night, but grew up loving and seeing it as adventurous.
But, for me nowadays, I also love traveling by train! Sleeper cars are the best! I took a train from Oregon to Texas one summer, it was the 101 Scenic Route along the California coast. I had sleeper car accommodations and it was the best trip ever! I hope to be able to do that again soon!
I try not to be anxious, when I feel myself getting anxious/overwhelmed, I breathe 🧘♀️ and talk myself off the edge.
But, this weekend or the Thursday start of the NCAA basketball tournament is a good anxious time for me. I have been watching the tournament since I was ten years old. I love it, the excitement of just each team/school having their moment to shine ✨ on the national stage.
My Men’s bracket is holding on, with a few bumps on the road, but my Women’s bracket is looking great!! My alum mater put in a decent effort against the overwhelming number 1 seed, South Carolina Lady Gamecocks, proud of The Norfolk State Spartanettes! Behold the Green and Gold!
On to watch the last few games of the second round and on to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight next weekend!