Monday, June 21, 2010

The Road Trip - He's Off!

Scene along US99 near Tehachapi, CA

I'm leaving on a road trip. I've not been on a road trip for quite some time and I’m looking forward to it. We did drive from Palm Springs to Tucson, AZ this past May but it was a half day drive each way. I don’t think that counts as a road trip. THIS is a real road trip: driving from Palm Springs to Seattle, WA by way or Portland, OR. Then back to Palm Springs along the Washington, Oregon & California coast lines with tourist stops along the way

Normally, I would fly to Seattle, where our friends live. I’m sure a round trip flight would cost less than the gas for my truck; however, I’m delivering a large framed woven newspaper piece to Seattle. The shipping cost is crazy expensive! So, I’m driving it there. Garret, my Seattle friend is then going to drive back with me and then fly back to Seattle.

I’m making a two day, 1,082 mile dash to Portland, Oregon where I’ll spend a couple of days with my dear friend, Sari. I met Sari on her wedding day shortly after my husband & I got together. We’ve been friends for over 30 years. She’s been through two husbands and raised three children. I’m still with my first husband, no children. Sari always says she’d marry me if she could turn me. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with Sari: we don’t visit often enough. And I’m not turning any day soon.

Then it’s on to Seattle to deliver the artwork.

I’ll be driving alone to Seattle. I’ve not driven for long stretches of time alone for quite a few years. I don’t think those four hour Los Angeles commutes to/from work count. I last drove alone to Tucson nearly 15 years ago. I look forward to stopping along the way to take photos whenever I please. I’ll stop when I’m tired and trust Tom Bodett has left the light on.

While I’m away, you can still check out my website: to see what artwork I have available. Please contact me if you have any questions about my work or a specific piece. My contact information is on my website or you can leave a comment on this blog site for me to contact you. You can e-mail me at or you can telephone me on my studio phone 760-992-3152.

Thank you for listening

Jerry L Hanson


  1. Wow. I hope you have a great time. The idea of such a long road trip sounds so luxurious to me... I roadtripped with my three children last Summer from Bakersfield to Seattle and then across to South Dakota. Loved it, all of it, and want to do it again. But sans children? magical. someday!

  2. Have a fun and safe trip! Portland and Seattle are both cities that I'd love to find an interior design job in, so I'm looking forward to maybe reading some posts about your trips to those cities :)