Friday, April 27, 2012
yes, that's the road
Maybe it's because I drove the freeway so many years, and in the process was in the company of an abundance of other vehicles, but these days I prefer the roads less traveled. Does that make me a "fuddy duddy"? Nah, I don't think so. I prefer to think of myself as someone who knows what she wants, and does it.
My brother Carl and I took several of the roads less traveled when we were on our summer adventure two years ago. We went on the downtown block of a little Kansas town, as well as taking a side trip through the wheat fields. And there were the spur of the moment stops at memorial markers and roadside vendors. I enjoyed those highlights of the trip as much as the big tourist stops.
When Nolene and I make our trips to Arkansas, we have a route coming home that allows us to miss quite a bit of the heavy Dallas traffic. By taking off on this side road, there's far less traffic, but also a chance to maybe do some geocaching and take a look at some new scenery at a pace we can enjoy.
When I was making my vacation quilt a couple of years ago, I played with the idea of a block that I named The Road Least Traveled. It didn't make it into the quilt, but I enjoyed coming up with it. This was my interpretation of taking off on the side road to get an up-close look at what interests you.
Yes, the highways are good to quickly get you where you're going. But oftentimes it's the side roads that make the trip complete.