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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Just Checking In

Wow! I haven't posted a message here for two weeks! Just shows how boring our life is right now. I guess I shouldn't say "boring," that implies we are are not enjoying ourselves - and we are! A better phrase might be "less traveled." While here in Maryland we are not doing a lot of sightseeing or traveling. We are spending most of our time with family, which is never boring! :)

However, we did have a little adventure last week. I had gotten tired of hanging around the campground, so I suggested that we take ride along one of the scenic byways that Maryland DoT has designated. Randy is always ready to do something like that, so that was the plan.

We selected two byways that connected to each other. We were to start on Falls Road in Baltimore City and follow that to part of the "Atlantic to Appalachians" byway. That would make us end up in Westminster which is just north of our campground. Sounds like a good plan, huh? Well, let me tell you . . .

We drove into the city to find the beginning of Falls Road. We could have picked it up in Baltimore County, but wanted to start right at the beginning; and that was our mistake. We got into the city just fine (you know, with an F550 there's always a little concern going downtown) and followed the exit onto Maryland Avenue which was to take us right to the beginning of Falls Road. At least, that's how the map read! And yes, it was the map, NOT the navigator!!!

Well, I won't bore you with all of the ugly, minute details, but after almost an HOUR of driving in circles, we never found Falls Road!!!! We would turn on the road we thought we should be on and find it had turned into another road! Then, of course, there are so many one way streets in the city, it took several blocks before we could get turned around to start over. And you know how very easy going Randy is, but when we had once again found ourselves on the wrong road (the same wrong road we had been on at least twice before), he was even starting to boil. So, we decided to forego the beginning of Falls Road and head back to the beltway to the exit for Falls Road and take it from there.

Once back on the freeway, we found a closer exit that took us onto Falls Road, so we got to see some of the city-side of the drive as we headed into the county
. We took slow, deep breaths and decided to enjoy the rest of the ride. And we really did. It was truly a "scenic" drive. We went from the city into Baltimore County and farmland. The fields, trees, small towns, big gorgeous houses, farmhouses,, were just beautiful.

We so enjoy doing these kinds of drives. It never gets old seeing how colorful and majestic this land is. If you have never taken such a drive in your own area, I encourage you to do so. Just get in the car and drive. Really look out the window and see the beauty of God's creation.

Hope everyone has a great weekend celebrating America's birthday! Be safe, take care of those you love. Keep in touch.

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