Monday, September 29, 2014

Ruby Slipper Hits the Road

I have been away from my computer and blogs for a week. The last three seasons have been hectic and trying in various ways. As autumn began, we squeezed in a road trip before anything else could happen. It is getting harder to go as far and fast as we used to. We were a little hesitant about a trip,but we pushed ahead now knowing later might not be better. We tried to travel lighter with no computer among other things, but we still had a load.

We headed west, old spots but new trails. Much of the time we traveled the Santa Fe Trail. Amazing thinking of how people generations ago got across the land, down the trail, and to Santa Fe through the Midwest. DH picked a new road. Nothing wrong with it, quite nice really, but it just wasn't a favorite. It ran between two distinct areas of the Flint Hills and the Oklahoma line.




When we pull out, there is always the excitement of travel but going west means the horizon soon begins to stretch out. You feel like you are driving right into the massive sky. Clouds, hopfully white and fluffy, become traveling partners. After a milder summer than most, the fields and pastures were greener and full of life more than the usual burnt ground of September.



The days and miles flew by, and now we are home again. Time to reconstruct and absorb all we saw and felt. Time to fetch Biscuit from the kennel, to buy milk, to catch up on readers' blogs, and to start old routines once again.

8 comments:

Linda O'Connell said...

How nice to take a road trip. We have inherited the son's cat, so now we will be more tied down.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Claudia, I love that second photo. It makes me FEEL stuff. Open, expansive, full of promise and the unknown, going on seemingly forever. Great shot. You're fortunate to have the ability to travel so often.

Lynn said...

It's always hard on me when I get back from a vacation or my normal routine... guess that's why I like staying home so much. But traveling can be fun.

Elephant's Child said...

What an awesome sky to travel with/under/into.
I probably need to take a trip. My routines have become toooo essential to my peace.

Susan said...

Oh, Claudia...So glad you got in another trip. Was wondering where you were.

Can't wait to read all about it and see it through your photos. Susan

Rebecca said...

Quite wise, I think, to travel while you can. Glad you returned home safely. Hope you have ample time to reflect.....

Sioux said...

Claudia--I'm with Lisa. I love that second photo. The color of the sky is drop-dead gorgeous.

Patricia A. Laster said...

I loved your blog post and especially your friends' comments. I could ditto the ones about the sky and the feeling of not wanting to leave home, etc. My 3 sisters/spouses are leaving soon for an overseas trip on one of St. Paul's journeys. When they asked me to go, I demurred. No, indeedy, I said. I like where I live too much. Selfish? No, as I'm spending a week in late October at the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs. xoxo