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!