LANDSCAPES: On the Road Again!
“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” Kurt Vonnegut
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag
I love to travel. I enjoy visiting relatives, touring museums, shopping for souvenirs, and even trying local foods. But the best travel plans for me mean getting in the car and driving any roads that help me explore Nature in all its wonder.
I am not really able to hike the trails anymore at the various national and state parks I visit. Thus, I have become a roadside naturalist, often staying in the car as I cruise the scenic highways. Whether traveling on paved roads or bumpy country lanes, I love the wide open spaces of Nature. The colors that are mostly gentle and subtle until vibrant splashes of spring dot the landscape. The trees and rocks, hills and mountains, rivers and trees that make each view unique. The clouds that take over the horizon and stretch out forever. When out in Nature, I leave any problems and nuisances behind and realize how small I really am in the scheme of things.
As I drive, I stop fairly often to sit, reflect and observe Nature, often coaxing some wildlife out into the open. Sometimes I park at official overlooks while at other times I just pull off the road and take a break. I treasure the clouds and sunsets and open vistas. I take pictures every chance I get to try to capture the calm and wonder of the day.
Over the last several years, most of my travels have been in California or throughout the Southwest. The photos I am sharing show the roads that take me out into the landscapes that make every trip special. These photos are my response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Landscape.
I sure am anxious to get out on the road again, soon!
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SOME QUOTES ABOUT TRAVELING
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” Jack Kerouac
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” John Steinbeck
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” Lin Yutang
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller
“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saadi
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharial Nehru
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I—I took the one less traveled by.” Robert Frost
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu
“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” Charles Dudley Warner
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu
“The journey not the arrival matters.” T. S. Eliot
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkien
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou
“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” Anatole France
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” Seneca
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Anais Nin
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” G. K. Chesterton
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustave Flaubert
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” Rosalia de Castro
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” Danny Kaye
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Henry David Thoreau
“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” Eudora Welty
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide