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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Long Way Home

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When ever I am driving, and have extra time I try to find a new way home, or a new way to get where I am going. I usually end up on country roads driving like it’s a Sunday afternoon. Often times I find “better ways to get where I am going”, or as Amber calls it “the long way”.

I enjoy these drives a lot. I get to see the country side, find new fishing spots, or public hunting land I didn’t even know existed. Not to mention these drives relax me. It’s almost as good as being out in the woods, or out fishing in the middle of a lake.

Taking these drives brings me back to summers with my grandparents on the farm. Grandma, Grandpa, Ryan, and I use to all pile into Grandpa’s Ford Ranger, and head to town to get a bite to eat.

Grandpa graded the gravel roads for the county, so he knew every single one of them, and were they all went. Instead of just heading to town the quick way, we took the gravel roads as far as we could. It was a blast looking at all of the farms, forests, pastures, cattle, deer on feeding in the fields on the way home, and any thing else we happened to see.

Some time between the ages of 10 and 12 Grandpa let me drive the truck on the way to town. Once we got to the tar roads Grandpa always hopped back behind the wheel. (I remember at first I had to sit on a pillow so I could see a little better).

Oops, I kind of got off topic, but I hope you enjoyed the post.

My advice would be to give it a try, get lost, and find your way home. Just make sure you have a full tank of gas. Who knows you might find you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ben G.


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3 comments:

brandon outdoors said...

I hear you bud. With my job, driving and getting lost is on the top of our 'to do' list. Finding oil/gas wells in the middle of nowhere, it is relaxing! Nice post, something simple that everyone should do once and awhile.

Kristine said...

There are a lot of beautiful drives up here where I live, but you can get out in the boonies pretty quick. I don't have the best sense of direction so I try to be a little cautious about my exploring. It is fun though.

SimplyOutdoors said...

My wife and I do this quite often. We both tend to hate the highway, so when we're going somewhere we try to take the "back way" as we call it.

And while it's not as fast as the highway, it sure is more fun, and allows you to see a lot more of the country side that you wouldn't experience otherwise.

Great post.

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