An Ode To Betsy

An Ode To Betsy

We all have that travel companion that we can always count on for last minute trips. For me that travel companion was Betsy, my Volkswagen Jetta.

 

I bought Betsy when I first moved to San Antonio, Texas back in 2008. She was four years old and in great condition. She helped me get to know my new city and in the following years we traveled around other parts of Texas as well.

 

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The famous San Antonio Riverwalk

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Ode To Betsy

San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio

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From San Antonio we drove almost 2 hours to Hamilton Pool, a natural pool west of Austin

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From San Antonio we drove about four hours south to McAllen to see my favorite author Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love)

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We had to drive to Poteet for their annual strawberry festival. Strawberry everything, including wine 😉

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One weekend we drove two hours east to Victoria because, well, it’s named after me. Duh! But seriously, cutest town and I even bought myself a pretty ring.

 

Then after five years in San Antonio it was time to try someplace new. I packed up Betsy and started the 14 hour drive to Denver, Colorado.

 

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Packed and ready for 14 hours of driving

 

It was a long ride with not much for scenery…

 

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Buddy The Traveling Monkey Ode To Betsy

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Our last stop before reaching Denver

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A little concerned by that white stuff on the ground, considering it was already late April

 

So there I was in Denver, and again, Betsy helped me explore my new home and the surrounding areas. I often went down to Colorado Springs to visit friends and also did a great weekend trip up to South Dakota.

 

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Climbing up the dreaded “Incline” in Manitou Springs that has over 2,000 steps and gains 2,000 feet in elevation in less than a mile

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Checking out the unfinished Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Ode To Betsy

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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Chillin’ with Obama at the National Presidential Wax Museum

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Exploring Wind Cave National Park

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My first wild buffalo!!

 

Yes, Betsy and I were exploring what we could. But in the end Colorado was not meant for us. We were cold. Very very cold.

 

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Some days it was in the negatives and Betsy was so mad at me she didn’t always want to start

 

So once again we packed up our stuff and started the drive to our home state of Florida. Little did I know the trip would become the road trip from hell. You see, while we were driving through Illinois, Betsy pretty much just died. I was able to pull over, but ended up having to take a tow truck to the closest town. That town was Metropolis. Yes, you read that right. Metropolis. As in, Superman.

 

I ended up having to stay in Metropolis an extra day and a half while they fixed Betsy. I was so pissed. I may have called Betsy mean names… Ok, I admit it. I called her a bitch. But I tried to make the most of the situation. There wasn’t much to the small town I was stuck in. But they did have a pretty cool Superman museum and a statue of him right in the center of town. If you want to read more about the real Metropolis, click here.

 

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Superman selfie!

 

Finally, we were on our way again. I apologized to Betsy for calling her names and begged her to be a good girl. I was so stressed it was ridiculous. When we finally crossed into Florida, my eyes watered.

 

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Whoop whoop!!

 

And since being back in Florida, Betsy has once again been my faithful travel companion. We’ve not only rediscovered my home town of Miami, but gone up and down southern Florida.

 

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Argh!

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Watching the ostriches at Lion Country Safari

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Key West baby!

 

But now it’s time to say goodbye. Betsy turned 11 this year and more and more things were starting to go. I will always have fond memories of our trips and all the times she was there for me when I just needed to runaway.

 

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Goodbye old friend

 

Last weekend I said goodbye to Betsy for the last time and got a new car, a Toyota Yaris that I have named Tami.

 

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Everyone, meet Tami!

 

I know Tami and I are going to get along and that we will have many new adventures. But let me tell ya, she’s got some big tires shoes to fill…

 

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