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Thursday, June 01, 2006

The lure of the open road

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not much of a flyer, so I travel by car most of the time, occassionally by train. But here's the thing -- for me, it's not a sacrifice. I love car trips, the lure of the open road and all I might see along it. Sure, we can get from coast to coast in a handful of hours now, but what do you see along the way other than clouds, glimpses of landscape below and a bunch of harried people at the airports? You're not going to see the world's largest ball of twine from the air. :)

Some of my friends are amazed that I take off across the country by myself, but to me it's a grand adventure. I've driven from my home to Washington state, Texas, Oklahoma, the D.C. area, Florida and various points in between. This week, I've driven to Wisconsin and because I took backroads instead of interstates for part of the journey, I got to see a lot of beautiful countryside, quaint little towns, the interesting Swiss heritage of New Glarus, Wisconsin, gorgeous purple wildflowers blooming alongside the winding hills of Northwestern Illinois and Southwestern Wisconsin. I soak up the scenery like a sponge soaking up water. If I've not been there before, I find it exciting.

I've heard tales of lament from people whose parents loaded them up and forced them to endure long car trips when they were kids. I just stare at them. I would have loved to visit the exotic locales of Panama City or the Grand Canyon. Our family never went anywhere. I figure maybe that's why I love the car trips now -- I'm making up for lost time. And when you travel by car, you really appreciate how incredibly large and diverse the United States is. To me, North Dakota is as beautiful as California; Kentucky as interesting as Texas. Every state has its own beauty, its own interesting sights, its own backroads to be discovered. With summer upon us, why not plan a car trip for your family? You just might see me at the World's Largest Ball of Twine or Carhenge or gaping at the huge sculptures along the Enchanted Highway. For a guide to more fun but goofy roadside attractions, check out roadsideamerica.com. And if you're not into the goofy, America's backroads still offer treats in gorgeous scenery, unique shopping, tasty eateries and a leisurely drive that is a throwback to years long gone. I hope you enjoy your time on the open road.

7 Comments:

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Stephanie Feagan said...

Dude! I've been to Carhenge! It was inspiring. And interesting. And I scratched my head a lot, wondering, why?

Kinda like I'm sure visitors to Stonehenge scratch their heads and wonder, why?

I'm with you on road trips. Love them, especialy when I have a picnic lunch of fried chicken and potato salad and pork 'n' beans, right out of the can, to be enjoyed in a beautiful roadside park.

Glad you're enjoying your trip, Trish!

Stef

 
At 12:30 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

Well, Stef, I've heard your stories of road trips! Scary.
I love them too and would love to drive across country. I love what you are doing, Trish. Whenever we go off the highway, the trip always becomes more interesting.
Diane

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger Tori Scott said...

Trish, I envy you the roadtrips. If I had a decent car, money for gas, and someplace to go, I'd be right behind you.

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger MaryF said...

I luuurrrrve road trips, especially this time of year - get those itchy feet! Helps that I have a great husband who makes every trip a treat!

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger bridget said...

Trish, you're a trooper. I'm right there with you, hearing the siren call of the open road, until I actually find myself there. By hour 8, I'm fiercely swearing I'll *never* drive anywhere again.

My two children may have something to do with it. *g*

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

wow, I've never thought of myself as a driving kind a girl, I'd rather get there (whereever there is) on a plane and then look around and see the sites, but you've made me realize that I've been missing out. My son and I did drive from Arizona to Sacramento once. That was interesting. And I did drive from Florida to Sacramento, but that was right after 9/11 and there was no way I was going to get on a plane and I don't think I enjoyed that ride at all. Next time I drive somewhere I'm going to appreciate the sites and soak it all in. Thanks, Trish!

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

LOL! Stef, why am I not surprised you've been to Carhenge? :)

 

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