Don't know quite where to put this so, here it is.
Yesterday, I got an unexpected call from a friend who lives in another state. He was in a teeny town about 1.5 hours from me for a family wedding and found out that he was going to have some free time and invited me to come join him at the reception and do some visiting. Cool....I got some things done and hit the road. So what does this have to do with roadtrips?
When I pulled up MS Streets & Trips to ensure I knew exactly how to get there, I realized that there was a route there that I haven't driven in years. And that I could make a real fun roadtrip for the drive home. A bit longer but taking me over part of a beautiful mountain pass that I haven't been on for almost 2 years and then home through some lovely farmland countryside.
So I got three serendipitous events yesterday. A visit with a good friend, and roadtrips through two areas I haven't seen in a long time.
Now, I could have gone to this town the usual route....one where most of the trip is on the highway and interstate. Boring to me because I've driven this route scads of times. Or I could take these other routes and add a couple of short, interesting roadtrips to my day.
Just trying to encourage you all to think a bit outside of the box when you have to hit the road to see if you can squeeze in a little exploration even close to home.