That old familiar pillow…

by Bonnie Tate

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."

Lyn Yutang

Darling miss Country Road near Darling, Mississippi

It was actually a little exciting to roll back in to our driveway on Saturday. Kind of like crossing a finish line. Our energy for being on the road was all but faded on our last day of driving, and I was grateful for the old, familiar pillow. (The pre-trip dishes in the sink were not a welcome sight, however.)

This trip had the effect of a broom sweeping out my brain. It's so nice to get out of familiar ruts of thought, whether for a day or a few weeks, and let your mind wander around in new territory. 

And it was wonderful for my eyes too. Watching landscape upon landscape reminded me of the strange and unforgettable intermission film I used to see at the drive-in theater in Memphis; a color-saturated montage of landscapes and monuments, set to America the Beautiful, interspersed with close-ups of corndogs and candy…We did a lot of candy eating too, so it fits.

Landscape upon landscape, here are my favorite spots from the last leg of our journey ~

Montana mountains bald hill dark Bald Hill, near Superior, Montana

Caltaldo mission idaho Cataldo Spanish Mission, Idaho Panhandle 

Columbia river gorge road Columbia river gorge road houses Columbia River Gorge, near George, Washington  

I'm thankful we made it safely across the country and back, wanting only for more time. And only running into a few bumps…

  Cheyenne motel
 Like some sleepless nights…Avoid the Cheyenne Motel in Cheyenne, Oklahoma if you ever find yourself there.

A big rock…

Snake in memphis
 And a BIG snake. I lived in Memphis for nearly four years and never saw a snake. I spend one afternoon with my dog and he finds one! We think it was a cottonmouth but aren't sure…This could have been ended badly, thank goodness it didn't.

Here's to more good trips, and returning home to appreciate your old, familiar bed too.