You don’t even know where I’m going. I don’t care. I’d like to go anywhere.

John Steinbeck

While the word wanderlust brings to mind images of grand vacations and months long backpacking adventures I have the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to thank for a definition that makes sense to those of us who work more than one job and rarely have time for vacations.

strong longing for or impulse toward wandering


I may not be on vacation but I do get the urge to wander and last week I wasn’t alone on my ramble…

My real destination was the gym for an early morning workout but after a week of rain and clouds the sun was finally out and at the last-minute I turned right instead of left.  I know I’m lucky to belong to a gym where I can see the water but there are times when the proximity tests my resolve for a good sweaty hour in the weight room.

On this particular day I had company on my ramble and this little bird followed me over the bridge and out to the pier.  We walked together to the end when it flew away and I turned my thoughts to the rest of the day.

Eventually I did make it to the gym and smiled during my warm up cycle while I scrolled through pictures of my detour ramble.

Side note – @MerriamWebster is one of my favorite twitter feeds.  If you’re not already following them take a look.  They make words fun!

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Wanderlust.

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17 thoughts on “Wanderlust

  1. So, according to the dictionary I can have wanderlust close to home. That is a better way to view not having the time, nor money, for a vacation. Another reason to be happy. ☺️

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  2. It sounded like you did a bit of extra out and about and exercise that morning. That little birdy was probably hoping you’d drop some bread or seeds 😉 Good on you for going to the gym. The longer and warmer days must make it easier to get out of bed 😀

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  3. Adding to the beautiful quotes above , ” If we were meant to stay in one place ,we would have roots instead of feet ” – Rachel Wolchin

    As for my own wanderlust , well I visited a beautiful Hill station in north India. And here ‘s a short write up from my recently updated Travel Diary :

    My ‘With Family’ story of a near perfect Hill Station !!(Photograph based )


    Hope you find it interesting !! 🙂


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