I’ve taken a wrong turn. This is nothing new. I get lost quite often. Scowling at the GPS navigator, I blame the machine for my mistake. I have to turn around. Flipping on my blinker, I signal to the drivers around me. Warning! Be cautious, here I come.
I almost always know where I want to go, but I’m never quite sure how to get there. Sadly, I’m a traveler who can’t find my way out of a paper bag. I rely heavily on my GPS. I don’t know what I would do without it. However, that doesn’t stop me from cursing at it frequently when it leads me astray or when I go the wrong way because I didn’t follow its directions correctly.
Navigating along the city streets, I keep a close eye on the GPS. Thankfully, I’m back on the right path. Breathing out a sigh of relief, I see the on ramp for the highway ahead. It will be smooth sailing from here. Just 200 more miles, and I’ll have reached my destination.
Daily Post Prompt
Nestled along the Gastineau Channel at the base of glaciers and mountains, Juneau is a remote town that can only be reached by boat or plane. Reminiscent of the old mining town it once was, Juneau flourishes in the summer months, but basically shuts down during the winter. Armed with a camera, I spent time exploring Juneau’s unbound beauty.
Tide is out.
Tropical Storm Colin | Monday, June 6, 2016
Are you ready?
Mother Nature is feeling playful. She has let down her hair and stretched the weariness from her bones. She is ready to dance. She whirls and sways out along the water. Moving with an easy grace, Mother Nature picks up momentum. Her dance takes on a life of its own: Tropical Storm Colin.
Will she continue to dance towards us? The weather stations seem to think she will. We are under advisory for a tropical storm watch with significant impacts. Torrential rainfall leading to major flooding. Strong winds from 35 to 45 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Possible hurricanes and scattered tornadoes.
News crews hoover at Cedar Keys, hoping to capture the events as they unfold. Tuning in, we wait and watch. Will the storm veer away from where we are hunkered down, or will it continue on its path.
We’ve prepared for the worst, but we’re hoping for the best. We brought in and secured our awning, tucked away our camp chairs, and replaced the batteries in our weather radio. We went grocery shopping two days ago, so our cupboards are full. Thankfully, the kitchen stove and hot water tank in our RV are powered by propane. If we loose electricity, we’ll still be able to cook and bathe. Battening down the hatches, we’ve done what we can to be ready.
Watching, we wait…
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Bumper to bumper traffic mixed with suffocating heat is making for an angry commute. Pulling onto the off ramp, I remove myself from the fray and decide to spend the afternoon exploring. My detour takes me to downtown Chicago.
Driving along the city streets, I wonder where I should begin. At a glance, I find old and new merged together. A city of contradictions, Chicago is distinctly unique. It is a city with rough edges that are slowly being smoothed away.
Old charm mingles with modernization. Lovely greystone homes line the streets of old neighborhoods creating an idyllic picture. Street art and graffiti adorn buildings and signs. The L’ glides along the tracks quickly carrying people to various neighborhoods through out the city. Shopper’s with discerning taste stroll along the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue exercising their debit and credit cards. Stunning cutting-edge architectural glass and steel buildings highlight the river front. Old plastic pop bottles, discarded papers, and plastic wrappers liter street corners and sidewalks. Artistic monuments stand in tribute to the city’s culture. Revitalization signs promise to breathe life back into old neighborhoods.
Wandering the city streets, we worked up quite an appetite. Deciding to splurge, we stopped at Home Slice on Webster Avenue to indulge in some of Chicago’s famous pizza. We had always heard there was nothing quite like Chicago pizza, so we were excited to try it. The inviting patio tables and chairs lured us into dining outside. Sitting down, we were immediately greeted by a friendly server who saw to our needs and made some excellent suggestions. Enjoying a relaxing lunch, we talked, laughed, and people watched while we refueled our bodies on thick slices of pizza, savory garlic bread, and spicy stuffed jalapenos. We ate until we couldn’t eat anymore. The food was exemplary. Everyone was right, there is nothing like Chicago pizza.
As day began to give way to the evening hours, we made our way to the interstate. It is time for us to be moving on. Chicago wasn’t a planned stop, but it was a lovely detour. All of us agree, we can’t wait until we are able to visit again.