Sometimes taking the road less traveled is exactly what a wanderlusting heart needs. A few weeks back my day job had me trekking down to the steamy bayou town of Thibodaux, LA. With a camera in tow, I programmed my iPod with some Slim Harpo and Johnny Cash tunes and hit the road. A happy accident with my GPS found me taking the long way through Raceland via LA HWY 182. What a treat!
I love a good drive through the sleepy backwoods of the South, especially in the early months of summer. Everything is hazy and steamy. People move at a slower pace. Check out some of the sights I found along the way (that tree!) and check out my rules for hitting the country roads of the South for the day. It’s a great way to escape the grit and grime of the city.
- Stop. Anywhere and everywhere. If something grabs your eye, pull over. Breathe the air in and try to imagine what your daily life would be like in this setting. It makes you appreciate the simple clarity that only comes from country living.
- Treat yourself to some country sweets and treats! If you see a roadside stand or old timey general store, pull over. My must-haves are always snoballs (nectar flavored), boiled peanuts and creole tomatoes. So good.
- Roll down the window. Like I said, the air is different in the country. So are the sounds and smells. Let your hair down and enjoy it.