Monday, October 25, 2010

Windshield Time

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
-- Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu has a different vacation plan than that usually embarked upon by the inhabitants on the County Line.

Randy usually has a travel itinerary with every "i" dotted and "t" crossed, but we took a more leisurely approach to a week-long vacation this past week. The wheat was planted. The milo was harvested. The cattle will stay in their summer pasture homes until the first of November.

Randy was ready for an adventure. (I was ready after working feverishly to get everything done my Type A personality thought I needed to do before leaving.)

We traveled through the sandhills of Nebraska to Mount Rushmore. We visited Devil's Tower in Wyoming. We traversed the Badlands of South Dakota. All in all, it was 1,800 miles of windshield time.

So, today, I'm giving you just a glimpse of what's to come as we discovered some of America's beautiful scenery.

Traveling is not just seeing the new;
it is also leaving behind.
Not just opening doors;
also closing them behind you, never to return.
But the place you have left forever is always there for you
to see whenever you shut your eyes.

-- Jan Myrdal

Jan has it right. It's there whenever you shut your eyes ... or look through 437 photos. (I promise I won't show you all 437 here. But do come back for some of my favorites!)

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