A Nearby Journey, One Country Road

Road horses

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”   Marcel Proust

 

Every  weekday morning before I retired, I drove to school down the same country road. You won’t find my route in any guidebooks. It is just an ordinary rural asphalt passage through Northern New York State. But to me, it is very special.  It is the beginning of all my journeys.  It is the path that always welcomes me home.

Road red sunset

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Over the years, I have come to appreciate the things I see on this road as much as I have been thrilled by the sights I have witnessed in Paris or The Rocky Mountains or any place I have traveled.

Road my tree

Road shadRoad Barn

Road winter

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I have learned to observe and appreciate.  This practice has brought me great joy.

Road rock

Road Dew

These pictures  were all taken four miles from my home during various times of year. I invite all my readers to look and really see the interesting things just down the road. Take time to stop. You may discovery some pretty extraordinary things.

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Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain.  You gave us new eyes. You will be missed.

8 thoughts on “A Nearby Journey, One Country Road

  1. Tammy

    The Holkins Road was the beginning of my journey. My home for 37 wonderful years. My great grandmother was born on that road. Her father Stanton Holkins was the first man to homestead on that beautiful piece of country. That road has been the beginning of many journeys. It’s a glorious piece of heaven on earth.

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    1. The Autonomous Traveler

      Tammy, thank you. We are the ones with the romantic hearts that see the infinite power of little things…..a country road, well written words, beloved stories, and the smile on a little child’s face. So glad you are in my life, my magical lovely friend.

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  2. Charlie Bobala

    You do know how too take great pics.

    Zeus

    On Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 5:20 PM, The Autonomous Traveler wrote:

    > The Autonomous Traveler posted: ” “The real voyage of discovery consists > not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust > Every weekday morning before before I retired, I drove to school down the > same country road. You won’t find my route in any guidebook” >

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  3. Terry Drake

    I have “seen” parts of the north country through new eyes and some I never even knew existed, since I retired. It’s amazing what you notice when you are off the career treadmill. We are so blessed. Again, love reading your words, Joyce.

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    1. The Autonomous Traveler

      Terry, I know exactly what you mean. I have seen so many new places in The North Country since I gained freedom. I have a sign on my wall that says “freedom -noun, doing what you like.” We are blessed.

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