Monday, June 25, 2012

Season to Leave

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I have this amazing memory from two summers ago. It must have been a holiday or something of the sort, because I remember very clearly it being a picturesque summer weekday afternoon when one of my brother's best friends had come to town. We wanted to get lunch without being crammed onto a typical Byward Market patio - and were both feeling like a little adventure that involved escaping the downtown bustle. So, we got into his car and just...drove. For hours, it felt like. Once we hit a town about an hour away, we just kept going. The windows were down, Mumford and Sons were serenading us, the sunlight poured onto the stretch of highway and our end destination was some small town greasy spoon diner with double cheeseburgers and piles of french fries.

Lately I've been craving a similar sort of escape (without the double cheeseburgers, of course). To rent a car, take a bus, a boat - anything - and get outside the city limits for a little rejuvenation. Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely in love with Toronto summer so far - but there's no time like the present to let the hot cross breeze fly through the windows on a trek to nowhere in particular. I really don't know where I would go, but if the end point  involved a lake or picnic in the middle of nowhere - I would be a happy camper.

Where do you want to go this summer?

This Guthries tune (Matt Mays' first musical endeavour) from way back in 2000 is my absolute favourite wandering soul song. Everything about it screams hit the open road, no?

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