Yesterday evening I found myself driving on a road I travel fairly regularly but in the opposite direction of my usual route. This is how I came to find the pretty view in today’s photo. Normally, as I travel this dirt road through the gamelands, I am heading west, climbing up the mountain and trying to avoid the potholes. I look in front of me and to the sides, but that’s it.
So last night I’m coming home, not long ahead of an evening thunderstorm, and this time I’m traveling down the mountain (but still trying to avoid the potholes). That’s when I passed an opening in the surrounding forest, and I got a quick glimpse of this view. I didn’t ever remember seeing it before, despite my familiarity with the road.
Because of how the trees extend along the one side of this tractor entry, the view is pretty much obscured when someone is driving uphill and is only noticeable when driving downhill, when the small break in the trees isn’t so obscured.
So I stopped the car in the middle of the downhill grade and cautiously backed uphill for a better view. The coming storm was already darkening the sky, casting an odd light across the fields and the neighboring mountain. How often have I passed this spot and never noticed the opening in the trees that leads to this pretty view? At this point I was only three miles or so from the cabin and in an area I thought I knew well.
How many other interesting sights are right around my corner that I don’t see because I am used to traveling in a particular direction? Last night traveling in the “wrong” rewarded me with a pretty view and made a familiar area seem new again. Who knows what else is out there for me to find on long familiar paths? It’s past time I start taking my own advice more often! Here’s to taking the wrong direction!