As Harriet is in the process of packing her beloved salt and pepper shaker collection, she realizes that the pieces of her collection were in her life as results of other people's travel adventures. So she decides to take the long way to California, with a special quest to visit her life-long dream vacation spot at the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum located in Tennessee.
Harriet decides to use as many methods of public transportation as she can to get from Pennsylvania to her destination in Grass Valley, California. Although her preference is the local bus system, that proves to be a problem in some circumstances, which will bring some completely unbelievable jaw dropping moments as she sets off towards her "next destination" in some unconventional ways of transport.
A strange thing happened to me during the reading of this book, and I think it was due to the absolutely spot-on writing of each and every sentiment Harriet held towards her life and those around her. What happened was that I came along for the ride. I was carrying her suitcase, I was mailing her newly purchased salt and pepper shakers home, I was feeling her aching tired back and rubbing her feet as we settled in to write in her journal, or to check in with Amelia (her GPS) to get pointed in the right direction.
One of the most fabulous parts about this story was Harriet's constant keeping in touch with God. At her age she was still seeking His face and the meaning of her life here. Not to issue any spoilers here, but when Harriet recalls someone telling her, "You go, girl! Your life is your own!" She hears an immediate response telling her that "No, your life is not your own..." and she realizes her life belongs to God.
This is everywoman/everyman's dream. An opportunity to travel across the country and see the things you want to see at your leisure and to meet real people who are walking for God, and others who battle demons in this lost and lonely world.
This is an excellent read, one that I would advise you take a leisurely amount of time to read. Savor the moments, live the memories and perhaps be inspired to go somewhere different, or to try an adventure all of your own while God guides your every step.
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