Monday, January 02, 2006
Above: A pasture freshly plowed in preparation for watermelon planting.
The ride into town is about 15 miles. It's still a small town and it's where we go for most necessities like groceries, feed, etc. If we need big box items or want to see a movie, well, that's 45 miles east of here in the home of the Florida Gators. Mostly, we shop in our little town.
At the stop sign on my street, I have two choices for going into town. If I turn right, I will get to a major "guvmint" highway after a few miles and I can zip into town. Sixty-five miles per hour through the pines. It's quick and efficient. I use it when time is of the essence...which is often.
My favorite way is the left (don't read anything political into that you rascals). Turning left at that stop sign sends me into a maze of country roads, some paved, some limerock, some sand. It's slow, not just because of the posted limits, but because there's always something worth a tap on the brakes, a turn around, or pulling over and getting out.
Taking the slow route has given me huge snakes basking on a quiet dirt road, fox squirrels nibbling on pine cones, a herd of emus wandering about, a colony of retired astronomers hiding $10,000+ telescopes in nondescript barns, and once, a real life cattle drive.
The cattle drive was the best. On a quiet paved road that cuts through a large ranch, cattle were being moved from one pasture to another. The cattle were being worked by hat waving cowboys on horses, cowboys on atvs, and cattle dogs nipping at strays. It was a work of art.
While stopped in the midst of it, quietly cursing myself for not bringing the camera, a cowboy on horseback rode up. " Sorry, ...it won't take long." he apologized. He had no idea how much I was enjoying the synchronicity of cow, horse, human, and dog. It was over way too soon.
You just never know what will pop up next.
After I post this, I have to go into town for a few grocery items. This is my last day off for the holidays. Tomorrow the ratrace begins anew.
That's tomorrow. Today is definitely a left turn day...
Posted by R.Powers at 10:45 AM