Most of you are already on your way out of town for the weekend. I love to drive in general, but I especially enjoy it if I’m going on a trip. Sometimes when I’m driving to work I want to just keep driving until I run out of gas to see where I’d end up.
What kind of snacks do you eat? Where do you like to stop for food?
I have driven all over this country and the best places to stop for good food are off the beaten track. One time a few years ago I was driving through rural [Midwestern state] and I saw a sign for apples or tomatoes and I followed a small road to a large farm. There was a greenhouse to one side with tons of fresh fruit and preserves and I just started loading up. Behind a makeshift counter and cash register stood a young Amish/Mennonite girl looking like she wanted to be anywhere but the hot greenhouse with bees buzzing all over. She was bored and barely cracked a smile. Poor thing wanted to get out of there, which is understandable, but seemed funny to me considering what riches surrounded her.
What I bought that day was delicious and I had to go a little farther to get it. Instead of driving on a freeway or a tollway and taking an exit with options like the golden arches, I chose a smaller, scenic highway with access to local “flavor.” Journeys are metaphors for many things in life including food: Sometimes you have to go out of your way for quality.
By the way, check out this experiential blog and his photos: I’m Just Walkin’
Talk about the ultimate road trip!