Where do you get your ideas for your next travel adventure?
It’s fascinating to backtrack to where the inspiration for a journey originated – perhaps from Bill Bryson’s books, National Geographic’s photos or Anthony Bourdain’s cuisine. I’ve written before about how my love affair with Chicken Kyiv and an affinity for the cheap seats on a Monopoly board lead to some fantastic voyages. My travel ideas seem to come from unexpected sources. In this case, the inspiration for our next trip was … a song!
Last month our blogging buddy Andrew over at Have Bag, Will Travel did a couple of terrific posts on his love of TV Westerns, complete with the birth names of the actors who became well-known cowboys (and girls). It brought back some great memories, and if you haven’t read it yet, check out his smart, witty, well-traveled blog.
Anyway, Andrew got me thinking about my childhood heroes – most of them cowboys and cowgirls from Saturday morning TV and old B-Movies. I knew the names of all their sidekicks and horses; my favorite stars were the ones who could carry a tune. I would harmonize along with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans when they crooned “Happy Trails” at the end of each action-packed (well, for those days) adventure.
After reading Andrew’s post I started singing and humming all the old cowboy songs that came into my head … for days … on end. Just ask James. Finally, I realized that one song kept popping up because it had been performed by so many artists.
By now you’re probably wondering what in the world was the song that had me going. It was first popularized by the king of the “singing cowboys,” Gene Autry in 1939. Over the years it has been sung by diverse artists from Sam Cooke and Frank Sinatra to Willie Nelson at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest.
So thanks Andrew. Your posts got me humming and thinking; then we started dreaming and planning. Tomorrow we’re heading for romance … South of the Border, Down Mexico Way.
What about you. Where do you get your inspiration for your next trip?
P.S. Gene Autry was born Orvon Grover Autry, and his horse’s name was Champion. (He actually had several versions of Champion!) 🙂 And if you’re a fan of old Westerns, you can watch the entire movie here! Amazing!
1. By Seattle Packing Company-Bar-S Brand via Wikimedia Commons