Friday, July 9, 2010

Down a Country Road

I take the back roads whenever possible
I try to avoid the busiest roads, even if it takes longer to get there. 
I will find my way around it.

Oh no...we don't own a GPS...I don't want one,
I actually like the adventure of getting lost on the backroads.
Tis true....

I open the windows and let the breeze blow my hair in every direction.  Down the road we go, singing all the way as loud as we can over the sound of the wind rushing in. 

Sometimes we just hop into the car, get on the road, and see where it takes us.  No destination in mindOne back road after another, passing fields and farms we have ventured upon some interesting places we would have never found otherwise.

How's about you take the back roads
whenever you can?
Perhaps you live in a place where
all roads are back roads?

Well we are off for another country drive....have a great weekend folks!

Take Care,


  1. Like you, I don't want a GPS. I like to pride myself on finding my way back from just about anywhere! I avoid the freeways with a passion--I've only driven on the freeway twice in my whole adult driving life!
    When we were little we would often start out in the car to the grocery store, Mom would say "Let's take a country drive." Dad would drive and drive and we'd end up in a different state. So many times we started off with no destination in mind and made some beautiful memories along the way.
    The back roads are the only way to go!

  2. What a wonderful post! It brought a big smile to my face this morning, just what I was needing. It reminded me to enjoy the simple things...

  3. Oh I love taking the back roads and staying out of the hussle bussle :) Thanks for the post this morning. A great reminder of the "simple" life. Love it! Have a great day!

  4. its amazing what little sweet hideaways and things you find when you take the back roads..thanks for sharing.:)

  5. I love the back roads too, and I can't wait 'til we go to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for our summer vacation. It's got tons of dirt roads that I love to explore!

  6. We don't own a GPS but going back and forth to SC and hitting volume etc, I am the map GPS! I would rather stay around Jersey Pineland roads and local places than deal with the northeast corridor.I hope you have a great family day...together , that's what counts. Of course you already know that... have fun and safe travels to all~Emelia~

  7. I couldn't agree with you more. I love backroads, hometown cafes, church suppers, hay fields, old houses, kids lemonade stands, wildflower ditches, blue skies with fuffly clouds, cute main streets, and unexpected surprises..... You don't get that traveling 75 miles an hour down a boring Interstate. It is faster, but I believe in the journey.

    Happy Travels,

  8. We take the back roads as much as me that is how we get to see the real beauty of America.

  9. We take the back roads as much as me that is how we get to see the real America.

  10. Sorry...didn't think that the first comment I left went through and now I can't figure out how to delete the second one.

  11. Hi there ! All we have are back roads! We live in a small but very spacious village of only a hundred or so people, and 5 minuets drive from lake Erie and our marina and the little town of lake Erie called Port Burrwell. We love it here, have the country life and can have the cottage lake life all in one, we do alot of trips that just take us on a adventure either by car or our boat !

  12. We live in the country and take backroads all of the time. We also do not have a GPS...hubby says that you're never lost because all roads lead somewhere :)

  13. All around us is country roads, farms and the odd little town here and there its wonderful! all the comunities get together from time to time, out little village has a auction every mon eve,as well as craft shows. We also like to drive and find country shops of every kind and antique shops as well, its great to be a country bumpkin !

  14. We mostly are surrounded by back roads, but even when we head to the city, we try to take gravel roads to get there-even if it does take longer! I love happening on a new lil never know what old farmstead you will see, or a beautiful yard with clothes flapping in the wind...

    Backroads are where it's at! :)

  15. Indeed! That's one of my favorite things to do on the weekend! :)

  16. Hi Dee, I had to share this cute email that I received with you called...(not really sure if it was written by Paul Harvey)!


    What's mainly wrong with society today is that too
    many Dirt Roads have been paved. There's not a problem
    in America today, crime, drugs, education, divorce,
    delinquency that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had
    more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.
    People who live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early
    on, that life is a bumpy ride. That it can jar you
    right down to your teeth sometimes, but it's worth it,
    if at the end is home...a loving spouse, happy kids
    and a dog.
    We wouldn't have near the trouble with our educational

    system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt
    Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get
    along. There was less crime in our streets before they
    were paved. Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to
    rob or rape, if they knew they'd be welcomed by 5
    barking dogs and a double barrel shotgun. And there
    were no drive by shootings.
    Our values were better when our roads were worse!
    People did not worship their cars more than their
    kids, and motorists were more courteous, they didn't
    tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front
    would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with
    rocks. Dirt Roads taught patience.
    Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly, you didn't
    hop in your car for a quart of milk, you walked to the
    barn for your milk. For your mail, you walked to the
    mail box. What if it rained and the Dirt Road got
    washed out? That was the best part, then you stayed
    home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows
    and popped popcorn and pony road on Daddy's shoulders
    and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody.
    At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad
    words tasted like soap. Most paved roads lead to
    trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing
    creek or a swimming hole. At the end of a Dirt Road,
    the only time we even locked our car was in August,
    because if we didn't some neighbor would fill it with
    too much zucchini.
    At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra
    springtime income, from when city dudes would get
    stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them
    out. Usually you got a dollar...always you got a new the end of a Dirt Road.

    Paul Harvey

  17. I love back country roads. Also try to take the surface streets when going across town instead of the interstate. Drives my Hubby nuts but I just don't always feel in such a hurry like he does. It's good to slow down sometimes.


  18. Oh this is me to a tee! I love the backroads, they have so much more to offer, with sights, scents and sounds that can't be beat. I'll take a back road any day and if I get lost, oooh, all the better!

    Be well ~Andrea~

  19. My mom and I love to take the backroads, cameras in hand, or course! Early mornings and late evenings are our favorite times to be out. Right now is one of the most beautiful times here in the midwest. The crops are just gorgeous and the sky has been beautiful lately!


  20. I like to take the back roads with my camera, and just chance upon photo shoots. It is all a mystery when I set out. Sometimes I get a little lost. But I usually come home with the mysteries spun out on my memory card, then transferred to the computer. Happenstance photos.

  21. The comment on Dirt Roads ! How very true, I remember as a child living on the farm walking those dirt roads, bike riding and even horse back riding on them, all that was said in the comment is so true and I am glad to say I have lived that. Even reading the Dirt Roads comment brought back so many fond memories for me, thanx for that.

  22. I grew up on a dirt road and my husband and I live off one now. All the roads around us are backroads and large farms. I grew up riding horses, and fourwheelers on them...I wouldn't trade it!

  23. I can hardly see out of my car windows from taking some gravel roads this weekend. I love to wonder who lives in some of the beautiful farm homes I pass.

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