Weary Woes of An Armchair "Road" Warrior

Real Estate Agent with Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 BRE# 01494165

For anyone who knows me, I'm a road warrior at heart. Not only do I love traveling for pleasure, but I'm happiest working directly from my jeep, hiding my laptop in under the beach blanket and emergency kit in the "trunk." 

No, my jeep doesn't come with a trunk. I have a makeshift version which is created by locking the back gate and putting the soft top down to cover the opening at the top. Other than this, locking is useless because my windows zip open. Not the most secure vehicle, all things considered. 

But my style is being severely cramped by the Covid 19 restrictions or as I like to call them:

The "stay-at-home, stop looking out the window, finally a use for that burka, yes that's my real hair color, why are my jeans so tight, when did Netflix run out of movies, do I still need to dust?"


This week, I have been hearing about more and more states, areas starting to relax restrictions and with the long weekend, I was hoping to get out of the house. (spoiler alert, I'll probably vaca in my pool). But I was hopeful. 

I started planning my weekend by researching "open" states. I love a good breakfast on the road, so I found that if I can only get from So Cal to Fargo, ND before 11am, I can hit The Shack on Broadway for their famous country fried steak - my favorite road trip breakfast. 

Best options for lunch seems to be the patio at family-friendly KJ's Restaurant in Judsonia, AR; sounds like they make a mean Rueben sandwich; I definitely like my Rueben mean, the nice ones just don't do it. 

Dinner is tougher, but there are options. Texas is back in business, and nothing is better after a windswept drive than good, old BBQ and a cold one. King's Texas Smokehouse in Camp Wood is ready to offer their meat platter (are there really 7 different meats?), at a socially distant manner, of course. 

So with food issues solved, what to do? Well, not much. My favorite drive was an option - for about 45 minutes as I tried to piece together a weekend. I love driving through Utah (yes, I realize my food options aren't going to help me with this). I have heard that National Parks are starting to let people back in. Ok, so the gift shop is out - which is a slight inconvenience for my shelf of books I "plan" to read about how they built the lodge, who the women of the West are, and what is that flower you noticed by the side of the road, but ok, I can handle it. 

More importantly, was building a trip with someplace to sleep and eat. I found a cool dude ranch on the Eastern side of Zion, but their dining room isn't open - option was a Shell station that sells food. (ugh). I found a restaurant in St. George - 1 1/2 hours from the ranch. I could go the other direction, up from Flagstaff, but then Zion closes once the parking lot is full, and if I got stuck on the Eastern side - well, that's a long back-track. 

We're not there yet - I get it!

So I suppose I'll paint the laundry room instead, it needs it. Maybe there's a new movie on Netflix? No, we all know there isn't. 

Happy Trails. 

Comments (38)

Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hey there. Great to see you and this post!  Have fun on your road trip adventures.

May 23, 2020 10:16 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

Hi Paul - great to see all of you too. :)

May 26, 2020 08:20 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

How frustrating for a road warrior! Idaho has opened up to travelers again, and as of June 1, Montana will be open.

It took me plenty of phone calls and digging to get that information, but - yay!!

My husband and one or both of our boys take an annual fishing trip to Ashley Lake, MT in early June. It looked like that would not happen this year, until the memo came on Monday that Montana was lifting the 14-day isolation requirement for visitors. It took me a few more days to learn that yes - the Forest Service campgrounds will also be open.

The trip is on!

May 23, 2020 11:46 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

oooh, good to know. I might check that out. 

May 26, 2020 08:21 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Karen, that was quite a trip you planned! Fun to read! Let us know what colors you picked for the laundry room. I am sure you enjoyed the pool vacay, too. 

May 23, 2020 01:23 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

A soft gray for the walls and bright white for trim. It does look really good. 

May 26, 2020 08:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

May 23, 2020 07:05 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

ahh, thank you.

May 26, 2020 08:22 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Karen,  Thanks for the entertaining read - I was traveling right along with you.  Sounds like quite the trip.

May 23, 2020 08:40 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

Virutally at least! My mind is traveling even if my jeep is stuck in the garage. 

May 26, 2020 08:22 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Alaska is 100 % open for business... you can rent a jeep up here. Dont drive thu canada they will only let you get gas No hotel No food no nothing.... 

Even though we are 100%  its still weird so I would wait !

Jeep owners are fun people!!

May 23, 2020 09:20 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I've been out and about ever since I found out what an overreaction this is. I have a close relative who is a PHD in communicative diseases, researcher. I don't want to influence anyone, but suffice it to say, he's not wearing masks and not concerned about healthy people. 

May 26, 2020 08:24 AM
Debra Leisek

I so agree... Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner 

Enjoy Life while we can and never live in fear of an unknown 

May 28, 2020 01:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This was a fun read!!

Well, whatever you end up doing, I hope you enjoy the heck out of it!

Have a great weekend!


May 23, 2020 10:09 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I got to eat at a restaurant, which was really fun. 

May 26, 2020 08:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner ,

So glad to see you back posting. I caught you in Kathy Streib "Ah-ha" moments for the week but glad to see your post earned a gold star! A wonderful read and I agree with Kat Palmiotti your profile photo needs to have you and your jeep in it! Enjoy your week-end.I'll be vacationing in my pool too:(.

May 24, 2020 09:32 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I don't seem to get emails any more, so didn't even realize I was featured. Missed all these fun comments. 

May 26, 2020 08:25 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I also am hankering for a road trip. I love to go but am not going to for a while. Lovely post

May 24, 2020 11:43 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

We'll all get there. 

May 26, 2020 08:25 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner 
Can relate. Thinking of taking a road trip and planning how I may sleep and eat in the car for the 14 hour trip. Hmmm...  All the best - Lynn

May 24, 2020 03:30 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

That's the problem - piecing all of it together. 

May 26, 2020 08:26 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Karen,
Nice post. I can relate I was looking forward to a guys golf trip the beginning of May in Palm Springs. We are hoping the border will be opened up by November so we are able to spend the winter in Palm Springs. We drive down from Canada and have gone through Utah it is such a beautiful State to drive through.

May 24, 2020 05:53 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I hear Canada is really locked down still, we're opening, so if you can get here, you're good. 

May 26, 2020 08:26 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Happy trails when things open up!  Arizona has opened up quite a bit.  I think our lockdown was more "lockdown light".  Hopefully you will hit the open road soon!

May 25, 2020 06:56 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I like that, lockdown light. Great term

May 26, 2020 08:26 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

Love the enthusiasm your posting displays,  .  As many businesses start to gear back up, when States allow it, we are amazed as to which ones have survived and those that have not!!  "Jeepers creepers where'd you get those Peepers"!

May 25, 2020 01:26 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

LOL - I was at an outdoor mall yesterday, and I was surprised to see which stores look permanently closed. 

May 26, 2020 08:27 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Last week i opened my pool and it was 53. I got it clean, even hopped in to patch the side. Yes t was like the artic. A week later the water is up to 71. Not much sun today to get the newly installed solar heaters going. Temps in the 90's this week will give me a kick start. I traded in my black jeep this week. It was tired, lots of miles in 3 years and i got my new jeep today. 

May 25, 2020 04:15 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

Nice. My jeep has 155,000 miles on it, it's a baby. But I do look at the new ones and consider it, but mine is in great shape and we're old friends now. 

May 26, 2020 08:28 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

When our sons were 14, 12, & 10 we embarked on a 9-week cross country tour Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner Along the way we ran into a couple who were retiree road nomads. One such couple's map was marked with all the places they thought were worthy of returning to and sharing. Love the post!

May 26, 2020 06:08 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I wish I had kept some of my old road maps. Lots of memories and notes. That's cool. 

May 26, 2020 08:29 AM
Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

I am jeep driver but never considered taking it on a road trip.  It is not all that comfortable to drive at highway speeds.  

May 26, 2020 06:09 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

That's true, but it's fun to take on trails and dirt roads. 

May 26, 2020 08:29 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to  highlight it this week!

May 26, 2020 06:43 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner


May 26, 2020 08:30 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, I think we can all relate to your life at this time. I had to cancel a few trips, one of the trips I do every year is NYC on July 4th, that's not going to happen. I was thrilled to get my hair and nails done.  

May 26, 2020 09:00 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I'm growing out my gray - carefully and slowly. I get low lights every few months, so I was good when this started, but soon, I hope I can get a couple more put in 

May 26, 2020 09:39 AM
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

I can't wait for this to all blow over so we can get back to the beach! (I am stuck in the desert of Arizona).

And I see you are in Lake Arrowhead. We just got to visit for the first time in Jan and stayed at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa... a beautiful property with amazing views!

May 26, 2020 10:07 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

I love the Resort. I'm on the other side of the lake. Things are open up there, though. Which is great

May 26, 2020 02:35 PM
Philip A. Raices
Turn Key Real Estate - Great Neck, NY
1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!

Hi Karen,  You have a very creative style and I sat back reading your blog and was able to visualize your trip.  But once I finished reading it, my wife yelled, "we are going to Steppingstone Park on the water" so no more work or reading blogs, let's go!  I said, yes dear!

May 27, 2020 06:37 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner

Well I completely support your wife in going somewhere. :) Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. 

May 30, 2020 10:12 AM