It’s easy to think of birthdays like taxes or doctor visits because the older you get, the quicker they come.
"It is good to keep in mind that you never know how many more you will actually get"
But every year my young wife reminds me that while this may be true, it is good to keep in mind that you never know how many more you will actually get. So for her birthday this year, I decided to celebrate the best way I know how… on the road!
"We took every closed road, dirt road, power line and railroad we could find. If there was something curious on the horizon we drove straight towards it"
I prepared my Chevy with the desert basics – fuel, water, toilet paper, tent/sleeping bags, cooler and more water. We took every closed road, dirt road, power line and railroad we could find. If there was something curious on the horizon we drove straight towards it. We found volcanoes, sand dunes, goldmines and the biggest rattlesnake I’ve ever seen. My wife danced to lightning strikes while huge purple thunderclouds walked the earth on legs of rain. We kept driving. The end of the next horizon had a roadhouse serving an omelet for $3.50, a Bloody Mary for $2.50, and an Americano for $1.50.
"It’s amazing what you can find in the empty openness of nothing"
I drove further and still she danced – with the honey bees, turkey vultures, lizards and any other desert creatures brave enough to ask her. It’s amazing what you can find in the empty openness of nothing and by the time we got back to the pavements, she said it was the best birthday of her life so far.
"Enjoy every loop around the sun"
So keep driving, keep dancing, pay your taxes and thank your doctors… but above all, enjoy every loop around the sun; because the road never stops, but the birthdays eventually will.
Todd Blubaugh was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas. His earliest interests were in art and motorbikes and since the age of 12, Todd has been pursuing these two passions. He currently works in film, writes, shoots, and pursues collaborations with his roommates at The Chun, a motorcycle warehouse and art space in Los Angeles. The free-spirit artist shares his passion for open roads through aspirational imagery and poetic travel notes that resonate with Serengeti’s DNA.