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What's over the hill?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Have you ever traveled down a road you've never been on just to see where it goes? Have you ever been to Washington State? Have you ever been to Florida (Central to southern end)?

I grew up in Washington State. Lots of mountains and hills everywhere. If you've seen a commercial with a winter scene and an articulated (bend-in-the-middle) bus sliding sideways down the hill - you've seen what it looks like in Seattle when it snows as the scene is from Seattle about 1980.

Now try to transport yourself to Central or Southern Florida. It's about as flat as you can get and if you really want to go on a hill, you need to travel the Alligator trail almost to the east coast to climb a very high freeway exit/entrance. There you get on top of a concrete hill.

But to back up to the road you've never traveled. I have always been one to go down roads I've never gone down. Just to see where they went. Along the way, I've found some very interesting things, usually, and it sort of got stuck in my head and a girlfriend that used my "skill" of mapmaking in my head would use it quite often to get directions to someplace. Never mind the "right on 16th street" because I only had things like "right at the purple house with the huge blue rock in the front yard, then go about 1 mile and turn left at the Old Country Store with the funny Bar-B-Q painted like a giant pink pig and the bicycle stuck in the tree" type of directions. She never got lost either.

But roads never traveled are so interesting. They can often lead you home when the everyday, often traveled roads are clogged with tourists or shoppers or the everyday commute.

Now days you can use Google Earth (R) and other mapping apps to do your traveling for you as far as wondering where some road goes. We have one real close to us. It's been there for a very long time. I've been here for 10 years and still haven't gone down it in the car, but I know there is a large church and a campground and something that sounds like a convent or a monastery down this lonesome looking road. I've always thought the road was very short as it heads off to the river, which is less than a mile away from the main highway I travel. However, one day when I was Googling my area, I went "down that road" and found these interesting things and discovered the river has a huge jog in it there and therefore, the road goes a long way. It also turns a corner and meets up with another main road to home farther up and closer to my house. So now I have a real backway home when I need it.

My feeling is this, travel the back roads, the ones seldom used. Go in the daylight so you can see what's out there and not find yourself on some "Haunted Highway" in the middle of the night. I know there are a few haunted highways out there and I know there are some roads that are likely suspects for the Haunted Highway episodes but most of them are interesting, quiet, and relaxing giving us a moment to breathe as we hurry by in broad daylight.

A moment to spend talking with God as we travel home. That's prime multi-tasking!
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    I love this blog. I've always loved road trips and am fascinated by back roads. When I discovered Google Earth I was ecstatic! I think we're kindred spirits.
    1458 days ago
    This sounds so nice. I just love driving down roads I've never been down and looking, but it has been years since we've been able to do that. For years, it was all about tending my very medically fragile son, then it was because there wasn't money to buy the expensive gas.
    1556 days ago
    Great blog. Makes me think of times that were slower than the busy days we live in today!
    I moved from CO to FL to CA!! Talk about road maps!
    I cringed by the time I got to CA because of the height of the mountains and the 'freeways'.

    I enjoy the roads less traveled, too. I take them during high traffic time!

    1558 days ago
    Great blog.
    1563 days ago
    I do the same thing. My hubby thinks I've been on every road in my county and, to be honest, I have been on most of them. Like you, I find it interesting. Exploring new places.
    1563 days ago
  • MSTERRI2013
    Wow, I can so relate....I have earned the nickname "Christopher Columbus" because I love traveling the unknown roads...as long as the tank and cell is full my way of thinking is you will end up some where and usually some where awesome...I've moved a lot in my life time so needing to learn my way around new towns and areas was a must...to me it keeps me alert to my surroundings and helps me stay adventurous...oh and love your back ground too!
    1563 days ago
    What a lovely blog.
    This remind me of a poem by Stephen Foster "Two roads verge in an open woods". Well it may say to paths.

    1563 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    We have driven our kids crazy many times taking off on side roads to see what was there. lol Sometimes we do just get in the car and go-it's normally a very relaxing and fun day when we do. We live in Florida now-moved here in '85 from central Nebraska. I have been to Pullman, Washington, because our oldest daughter got her graduate degree from Washington State. You are right when you talk about the differences between the states.
    1563 days ago
  • GLC2009
    i too love taking a different drive at times. i moved from the prairies and foothills of calgary, where you could go out the south end of the city and do a big circle of beautiful driving and come back into the city on the north end. there were so many interesting drives and little roads everywhere.
    now, i live on the westcoast of bc and your choices are north or south. and south you end up going through lots of traffic and get stopped by the us border. west is the ocean and east is mountains. really you can be amused by going up and down the highway only so many times.
    so on occasion i find i miss the variety of drives that i used to be able to do. but, i will never miss the winters, that's for sure.
    but, a good drive is a lovely thing.
    1563 days ago
    I love travelling down new roads!! I think I have covered the entirety of the town where I live now, but when I travel usually take alternate routes there and back - if I am not on a tight schedule I prefer traveling back roads to the highway any day!!
    1563 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    Travel roads still today to see what's at the end. emoticon
    1563 days ago
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