Sunday, January 9, 2011


Stopping and reveling in nature is one of the greatest gifts that is bestowed upon us as humans.  Flashes of colour in the sky from robin egg blue to angry paint brush strokes of indigo to forest fire orange dancing thru the clouds. When the light is just right and the colours are enhanced just so, your soul can be lit on fire.

Such was my day yesterday.  The sky was so blue and the air was so crisp and fresh that it called to me and I listened.  I jumped into my jeep, turned on my heated seats, rolled the back windows down and open up my sky light. In a moment of impulse, I pulled my hair out of its pony tail, blasted the radio to a retro 80's station and went back roading.

These are my inexplicable moments of joy.  For an instant, I am 19 again with no worries and no concerns and only responsible for myself. I am so crazily happy and I use my car to run wild.  I rock out to some Guns n' Roses and push the feeling of foolishness away somewhere to the crazy depths of my conscience.  My cheeks are pink from the cool air, my eyes are bright and my hair is dancing in the wind. It makes me feel free, but mostly at that moment, I am the poster child of happiness.

I know these roads like the back of my hand.  I hate the highway, it's a race to get to your destination and somewhere along the line you miss the beauty of the trip.

I often pull off here and there and stand and stare. Somedays, it is just swans swimming in lakes created in farmer's fields due to the swelling of the river.  Other times, I crest upon the top of the hill to see families of deer eating in the fields below. Most days, I just pull over and listen to the pounding ocean. The crash on the rocks combined with the cries of the seagulls are like a symphony to my ears.  Nothing beats the freshness of the cool, crisp air of an ocean breeze.

Yup, it is all about the back roads for me.  Long, twisting, uphills, downhills, curves, corners and potholes.  These back roads take me to unbelievable beauty.  Thru mountains and flatlands, rivers, lakes and oceans, I get to see it all, and even if only for a minute, I am exhilarated and thrilled to my inner core.

It's true you know:  blessed are those that stop and smell the roses, for they see things that those who are too busy getting to their destination miss.

Hope your weekend has been restful.

Until Next Time.
Smooches Pooches


  1. Tracy, that picture is beautiful! I love back roading too, but I think it looks a little different in the desert...Your back roads sound postcard worthy, so how about a few more pics for us poor Americans that have never been to Canada yet?
    p.s. I love to sing out loud in my car too, can't speed too much though, the CHiPies are trying to solve the budget deficit with tickets...

  2. That's funny you say that Alex... I was just thinking I need to take my camera out on a date... it's been awhile since i posted some photos!

  3. photos of a backwoods Canadian drive sound good to me - although this time of year I suspect they are not much different then backwoods Minnesota. Living in the city it would take me too long to get to the backwoods though - I'm way too lazy for that.

    So my roll down the windows drive would have to involve malls, Starbucks, taxis honking their horns and flickering street lamps.


  4. I felt as if I was taking that ride with you! Beautifully told! :)

  5. how lovely. and relaxing and invigorating!

  6. You are incredibly blessed to realize that the back roads and views are so important! We miss so much traveling the busy 'highways' of life. Hugs, deary!

  7. That is so great. I don't know when the last time I just took the scenic route. It is so relaxing. Nice picture.

  8. Husband and I love to go back roading. We've found some pretty fantastic places, that we go back and visit again and again. Working in a state park, I'm around the beauty of nature everyday and love it. Great that you got out and had a good time. You have such beautiful country to do it in.

  9. Love just driving in the country. Taking those little roads where you dont know where you will get to.
    Our scenery would be very different to yours
    But the pleasure would be the same

  10. Your pic? It's absolutely gorgeous: the road just begs to be traveled! Glad you has some fun and freedom this weekend!

  11. I would rather take the scenic route any day! Luckily, where I live, the country is about two minutes away; then it's cornfields and cows! But lots and lots of dirt roads and rolling hills.

  12. Nice post and a beautiful picture.

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  14. Well done! I could feel the wind in my face!


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