“Not all those who wander are lost.”
I grew up in a very small town in Eastern Oregon. It was about 3 hours to a city of any size and we didn’t travel too far from home more than once or twice a year. Most of the wandering and exploring we did was on back country roads and into ghost towns tucked away in remote areas of our corner of the world.
Between raising kids and working full-time jobs, there hasn’t been much time to wander or explore much of anything. That’s one of the things I’ve decided to change in my life. I want to take the time to look around and find things that maybe I’ve missed. Different, quirky and off the beaten path type of things. And, to keep true to the mission of my blog, to share with you what I find and show how it doesn’t take much money or time to have a great adventure.
We get so busy running here and there and coping with all the moving parts of our lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and really look around at where we are and the places we drive through. This point really came home to me as I rode with my daughter to Biggs Junction to pick up the twins from their weekend with their Dad.
It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive from Bend to Biggs and a route that my daughter travels quite often. It had been several years since I had been that way and I was enjoying the drive and seeing things I had forgotten about. As we came into Grass Valley I pointed out an old abandoned church and made the comment that I was surprised it was still there. In all her trips back and forth, she had never noticed it.
As she pointed out, when she was on her way to drop the twins, she was caught up in feeling sad that they would be gone for a while. And when she was on her way to pick them up, she was happy to get them and in a hurry to get there. She had never really taken the time to put those emotions aside and enjoy the journey.
We pulled over and took pictures of the old church and on the way back, took a few minutes to drive through Shaniko, a ghost town right along the route. No big detour from the trip, didn’t cost a thing as far as time or money, yet just enough to feed our wandering souls and seed some good conversation.
I love bakeries so one of the things you’ll find under my Wandering Soul heading is my epic Grand Bakery Tour 2016. I have a list of great bakeries to visit as part of my Sweet Little Side Trips series. I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog and come back often to see where my wandering soul is taking me. I get excited just thinking about the adventures that await!