Tuesday, March 8, 2016

OTBR: A Swanky RV Resort in Arizona

Latitude: N 32° 40.134
Longitude: W 114° 31.938

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".

  • across the street from a neighborhood swimming pool in a swanky RV resort in Arizona
  • behind a line of trees in an open field in rural Virginia east of Fredericksburg
  • in the middle of a field just south from road 448 near the small town of Trebnje, Slovenia
  • outside Waco, Texas, in a recently plowed field with amazingly rich-looking black soil
  • on the edge of a road on the edge of a woods at the point where a "pretty little stream" runs under the road
  • off a logging track in New South Wales, in very thick scrub with a ton of vines
  • on an unmade gravel road in the middle of farmland northwest of Melbourne ("I stopped and watched as seven horses which had been standing in the shade of a tree made their way towards us.")
  • west of Melbourne, in the middle of a large paddock with about 200 sheep, a large mound of rocks, very little grass and a scattering of bleached bones and skulls ("presumably sheep and not some unfortunate geodashers!")
  • near an oil well in eight inches of snow, just off a snow packed road near the community of Ouray, Utah
  • in a condo development in Weatherford, Texas ("the configurations was unusual, with about 6 attached apartments/condos in a row, with a small lawn in front, and a hedge separating that row from another row facing it.")
  • in the one vacant lot in a neighborhood of nice, fairly recent homes in Hillsborough, Texas, south of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • in a trailer park in Aberdeen, Maryland, near a trailer with a nice deck and a swing set and bird bath
  • on Mulberry Road on the Bournville Estate, a model village created by the Cadbury family for workers at their chocolate factory outside Birmingham, England
  • in the driveway uphill into the parking lot for Kerrville Bible Church in the Texas Hill Country
  • in Northridge, California, along a street of one-story tract homes ("Many of the trees are dying, which tells me that no one is doing any deep watering, which is understandable in our continuing drought conditions.")
  • under electrical power lines near the hydro-electrical station of Flaming Gorge dam, a very popular tourist/recreation spot in Utah with lots of fishing, hiking, camping, and boating
  • outside Omaha, Nebraska, in flat country and very gloomy looking in dead of winter with a recent dusting of snow
  • just off the highway in central Thailand, between a provincial police building and a school
  • in Croatia, on the service track on the southbound side of A1 motorway between Zagreg and Karlovac
  • in Redwood City, California, across the street from a neighborhood park with a playground, basketball court, and a large mural
  • in the intersection near a shopping center, a school and a cemetery in suburban Lincoln, Nebraska
  • in New South Wales, right beside the dirt Bushgrove Park Road, and just in the typical schlerophyll scrub
  • in Thailand, just off a paved highway near a roadway leading to a small village that grows tapioca, sugar cane, eucalyptus, and some corn
  • in New South Wales, on Yagon beach, up a couple of really steep sand dunes, and in a spot of dense but scrubby vegetation, with no sign of humans except a lot of tyre tracks of quads
  • and in southern Illinois, in a farm field looking ready to plant ("Despite the 70 degree F day, we still have a month or so of winter to go so this farmer will have to wait just a bit longer to plant.")

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