The Rollerbag at Rest: Staying Put

There is a pervasive sense among travelers that wings are somehow superior to roots. That having the freedom to travel is better than being tethered by the material, professional and personal trappings of this world. That minimizing equals enlightenment.

Steamboat tours aboard the La Crosse Queen are an excellent way to experience the Mississippi River. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Steamboat tours aboard the La Crosse Queen are an excellent way to experience the Mississippi River. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

For many years I have felt the constant pull toward new soils. But lately, the voices that call me to explore have been suspiciously silent. Have I gotten my fill? I don’t think so. After all, from time to time I think wistfully of Paris or Italy…or find myself daydreaming of Thailand. But more often than not, I’m actually content just being still.

Since I operate my small business from home, that adds up to a lot of hours within these walls.

The Cass Street Bridge over the Mississippi in La Crosse, Wis. emerges from thick morning fog. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
The Cass Street Bridge over the Mississippi in La Crosse, Wis. emerges from thick morning fog. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

And gorgeous walls they are. I have long worked toward creating a comfortable, beautiful space overflowing with peace…even when I knew I would be away from it. It was a touchstone. It was the rock that I knew would be steady in the midst of the constant storm of change that is long-term travel. People would often ask me, “But don’t you miss home? Isn’t it great to be back in your own bed?” I bit my tongue. It never felt that way to me. Home was a stopping ground, a place to unpack, do laundry, repack and lock up.

The Last Turn Saloon in Brainerd, Minn. Can't wait to show a Mainer this awesome watering hole. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
The Last Turn Saloon in Brainerd, Minn. Can’t wait to show a Mainer this awesome watering hole. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

These days, I feel differently. For the first time in years, I have a vegetable garden, with earnest seedlings reaching toward the hot sun. I am researching recipes for purslane, which grows wild and aggressively in my veggie beds. I’m doing some landscaping, moving rocks and earth to corral these grounding elements into some sense of order.

A trip to 50 Lakes, Minnesota for swimming, campfires and mosquito-battling is in order this summer. Oh-so-Minnesotan, and oh-so-beautiful. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
A trip to 50 Lakes, Minnesota for swimming, campfires and mosquito-battling is in order this summer. Oh-so-Minnesotan, and oh-so-beautiful. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

I have opportunities to travel knocking at the door. And I am content to ignore them, drown them out with the sounds of the ceiling fan blowing gently, the water fountain I’ve filed with pebbles from around the world, the songbirds in the backyard crunching on seeds from the feeder.

Door County and the French Country Inn: RBG and RBG2 are coming. Don't say I didn't warn you. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Door County and the French Country Inn: RBG and RBG2 are coming. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

During lunch with a friend yesterday, she asked me where my next trip will be. I said I had nothing planned.

Her chin dropped.

A beer and juicy blucy from Blue Door in the Twin Cities is definitely a must-do this summer. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
A beer and juicy blucy from Blue Door in the Twin Cities is definitely a must-do this summer. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

A dear friend, a Mainer, is coming to visit this summer, and I am content and even excited to share with her all of the beauty and warmth of this region. Perhaps the rollerbag is not so much at rest, but at rest in the region.

What a wonderful place to celebrate. What a wonderful place to roll.

Summer fun on the patio at Pettibone Boat Club in La Crosse is a seasonal staple. Now under new owners, we’ll see if this idyllic space still has the same charm. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

 

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Charish Badzinski is an explorer, food-lover and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to individuals and organizations. 

 

Find Charish on Twitter: @charishb

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