Friday, July 29, 2022

Fabulous Friday : No One Around


About five miles south of where I lived as a child is a state game preserve 3,300 or so acres, with five lakes on it, that was bought by the state from the family that started Vernor's Ginger Ale, a regional favorite.  There are a few roads - such as they are, that cut across it, giving access to a couple of the lakes.  You get out in the middle of it, and you can easily be a mile from the nearest human being.  I saw more turkeys than people in a 30 minute drive.

Growing up we drove through the edge of the "state land" on the only paved road that passes through it.  But never ventured into it.  I never understood why, never questioned it.  On my recent trip I decided to take a drive.  On a Friday. And it was Fabulous.  

The rental car I ended up with was not what I had reserved.  I really didn't care.  I ended up in a butch-mobile, and Toyota Four Runner off road edition. If I knew how to drive all of the four wheel drive, and locking this and thats, it would be nearly unstoppable.  For me it was ideal for rough unpaved roads.  It was a great camera platform, sitting so high that it had a step on the side to help me in and out.  Oh, and it got about 21 miles to gallon of gas.    

19 comments:

  1. Excellent and peaceful picture. I love the cities, but the older I get I sure wouldn't mind being out in the middle of nowhere. A nice small house in the woods.

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    1. Walking distance to a nice restaurant and market

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  2. It sounds like a nice little trip. I'd like to see more photos. 21 mpg is something I remember as not being very good.

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    1. The gas consumption was good for the size of the truck, but not good overall, that is about half as efficient as our Benz

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  3. Perfect little country lane to walk down until a murderer leaps from the trees and hacks you to bits. 😁
    Oh, maybe just a peaceful stroll.

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    1. That hasn't happened in years

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    2. Well there was that one time back in the 70, and there was the fire in the 60's,

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    1. A sensible car for your winters

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  5. Love this picture! I can feel the quiet.

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    1. Scary silence

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    2. Scary only if axe wielding maniacs are ninja roaming in the woods. I only think about brutish bears, cunning cougars and diabolical deer in these situations. Damn, I'm dead meat in any of these situations! Still feeling the quiet though.

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    3. The only bears in that area are the human kind, and we all love you!

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  6. This is the sort of relaxing photo wanderlust I enjoy the most. Purposelessly wandering through the woods. No fierce animals in my part of Australia though. Beautiful images!

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    1. It was a nice drive, I am glad I did it

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  7. I never tried Vernor's Ginger Ale.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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