Friday, March 5, 2010

OTBR: Underneath a Prickly Pear Cactus

Latitude: 32.826301° N
Longitude: 111.248299° W

A child on a road trip with his family asks, "Where are we?" and the father answers, "Let's check the map. We're off the blue roads [the Interstate Highways marked in blue on the road atlas]. We're off the red roads [the US and state highways]. We're off the black roads [the county highways]. I think we're off the map altogether." It was always my dream to be off the map altogether.

After the jump, a few of the random places (and I mean random literally) that I visited vicariously last month that are "off the blue roads".

  • right in the middle of the motocross track near Black Eagle, Montana, visited on a cold and snowy February 1
  • in flat grassland in British Columbia far from the mountainous and forested terrain that's home to the Winter Olympics
  • in a grey two-storey house with white trim in southern California, with a brick pillar mailbox at the curb and a St. Valentine's Day banner flapping over the walkway to the front door -- "Be Mine"
  • right at the front door of number 1 Lemon Grove in Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia, a neat white weatherboard or hardiplank (fibro cement siding) house
  • in Florida, behind the mega MEGA million dollar mansions on the narrow strip of land between Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean
  • right at the side wall of a Wal-Mart in Owensville, Missouri
  • just down the road from exit 235 of I-90 in Ohio, past the Adult Videos porn shop
  • right in the middle of the I395 off-ramp at North Quaker Lane in Alexandria, Virginia
  • inside a fenced Lockheed Martin campus in California, with California Pepper trees lining the fence
  • near an old flat-bed farm wagon inside a snow-covered, fenced vacant lot in the little town of Meadow, Utah
  • in a porta-potty with a broken roof in a scrap heap made up of discarded rails in the Roper Terminal area of the Union Pacific Railroad in the city of South Salt Lake City, Utah
  • just inside the old HMAS Narimba airfield in New South Wales ("After the Navy closed the field it was in use as the Schofield's Aerodrome and they used to hold a popular air show there, but alas even that is no more")
  • in Wisconsin, behind a farmstead with a dilapidated, collapsing barn, a machine shed and a two story farmhouse
  • in corn stubble off Illinois' Reservation Road, near Waa Kee Sha Park, named after the Indian granted the land in the Treaty of 1829 signed at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
  • in a snow-covered forest in Germany, near a hunters' stand
  • in snow covered woods, a very peaceful and serene spot, in Crawford County, Missouri
  • next to a small stream with some trees in Illinois, with many animal tracks, mostly rabbit, criss-crossing the area
  • in Laurel Park in St. Charles County, Missouri, across some open ground that was muddy from melting snow on top of frozen ground
  • in the middle of nowhere in North Carolina, next to a large pine tree just past the entrance to Mill Bay Fox Preserve
  • and in the middle of a large orange grove near Bowling Green, Florida ("the trees were loaded")

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