RSPCA Million Paws Walk

last weekend we ditched our sunday morning sleep in to join thousands of others (2 legged & 4 legged alike!) at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. it’s an annual event held Australia wide & we’ve been meaning to sign up for the past few years, so this year we finally looked up our local event, registered & wandered on over to Albert Park Lake with our little fur-baby.
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kerouac can sometimes be a little on the grumpy side (when it comes to small fluffy dogs that is. she loves humans! pretty sure she thinks she is human!) so we had high hopes that she would behave herself for this very doggy outing – & she definitely didn’t disappoint!
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i’m actually not sure how she managed to be so calm considering the monstrous crowd – i guess she was just overwhelmed with all the sights, smells & pups! the race began while we were still making our way to the starting line!
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and they’re off
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look at that huge grin!
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the long trail of pups & people stretched half way around the lake – such a sight to see!
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my two favourites keeping the pace
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at the water station – refuelling
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and here’s a pic of me looking ridiculously tired (can i add that this was pre-caffiene & well into our second hour of walking? haha)
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the RSPCA did such a brilliant job – the Million Paws Walk was a total success raising over half a million dollars in Victoria alone! all three of us had a blast & although we humans were pooped, pups seemed to be on some sort of a high! so much for tuckering her out! haha
Make sure you check out their website & sign up yourself – it really is such a great cause!
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on the road

i’m not going to lie…when i first heard they were turning On The Road into a movie, i was nervous.
i even put off listening to or reading anything about it, especially once i heard Kristen Stewart was involved! (no offence to the girl, but i’ve seen all the Twilight movies & while the teeny in me loved them, it had nothing to do with her “acting“…)

anyway…yesterday Mike sat me down & announced that he was going to show me the trailer…
i was tense. i know it’s ridiculous, but this book, these words…they changed the way my life was headed at a time when i most needed it & i didn’t want anything to tarnish that…


i was blown away.
there i was, sitting there just waiting to tear it to shreds, when instead, i found myself sitting & watching, tears in my eyes & goosebumps covering my entire body.
maybe it was because they used my favourite quote:

or maybe it was because they actually got it right.
they somehow managed to capture the essence of the book..(well, as much as a short trailer can show of it anyhow!)
i can’t wait to see it. it reignited that passion in me, just like the book did all those years ago.
On The Road was a life changer.

i received my copy 10 years ago, right before i embarked on my trip of a lifetime! i was 18 years old, had purchased the biggest, brightest suitcase i could find & waited till 4am the morning of my flight to finish packing. i packed my “life” in that suitcase. all 32kg of it (how on earth i managed to carry it, i have no idea!!)
this book was in there too & when you look at the pages it’s so easy to see.
dogeared, yellowed & ink stained, it’s a reminder of the journey that i embarked on & the choices i made.
the inscription in the front never fails to warm my heart as it’s from a dear, dear friend who i’ve known for most of my life ❀

after 9 months of travelling, i hit a wall. a huge wall that seemed to tower over me & i was powerless to escape it.
i sought solace in this book. in the hope & joy and wild abandon of its pages.
then… i quit my job in Canada, bought a greyhound bus pass & packed a teeny tiny backpack.
i planned a 2-3week journey travelling down the west coast of America. I wanted to visit the redwood forest & travel down the 101, but a mudslide forced a direct bus trip to San Francisco…& there I met Mike.

after 3 weeks of bumping into each other by accident & on purpose, we got a driveway car (a concept i only knew of from reading On The Road) & left LA for the long drive to Florida.
i threw all my plans out the window
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we saw giant crosses
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my navigation got us stuck in snowstorms…
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…twice!
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got stranded in Flagstaff
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visited oklahoma
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drove along route 66
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we even ended up in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday!

…and when we finally made it to Florida (after an undocumented stay in Miami…?! how funny life was before digital cameras!)
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we jumped a greyhound bus for the 2 1/2 day trip up to NYC.

this random road trip would not have come about if it wasn’t for this book.
the words inspired me so much that i made a drastic change, i grabbed life with both hands & possibly scared the crap out of it for a while πŸ˜‰
i was reckless & made decisions that probably made my families hair stand on end (hiring a car to drive across america with a man you’ve just met…? are you out of your mind?!!), but i felt alive & inspired & so very full of life!
i took a chance & said yes & it’s such a beautiful thing to look back on.

here’s hoping this movie will inspire a whole new generation, & maybe re-inspire those who have forgotten that thrill of being on the road…

xxx

(…and thank you Jadey for the kindest gift. it was more then suitable company. love you…)