June 15, 2011
After re-reading Blue Highways (see yesterday’s Blog entry) I was reminded of a file I had saved in my documents file. It’s a list of sayings from people who liked to travel…
For the born traveler, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.
- Aldous Huxley
…from the midst of dark pine forests, the isolated snowy peaks were looking out like giants. They served us for grand beacons to show the route at which we advanced in our journey.
– John C. Freemont, 1843
The traveler may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humored patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence…Traveling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance.
- Charles Darwin
To have been the Dreamer for so long and now to be the Doer, inside the dream instead of outside it, still feels like a dream.
Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.
Muhammad says, ‘Love of one’s country is a part of the faith.’ But don’t take that literally! Your real ‘country’ is where you’re heading, not where you are.
I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.
the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.
- William Least Heat Moon
Everybody needs places to play in…where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
- John Muir
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
– James Michener
. . .If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.
- Paul Bowles
I hesitated a moment to view this immense mountain, the top of which was obscured in the clouds, and the ascent appeared to be almost perpendicular.
- William Clark (Lewis and Clark)
Traveling is a learning process that takes place in a real rather than an artificial environment.
- People’s Guide to Mexico
There are places that have great strength for one that knows how to understand and feel. They are places of unique power that comes out of the depths of the earth. It can be a place apart, somewhere in the fields, in the mountains, surrounded by rocks or boulders, at the entrance of a cave, at the high summit or at the rim of a canyon…
Life Through the Eyes of a Tarahumara
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
- Douglas Adams
Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing.
- Helen Keller
Here’s my favorite saying that I picked up somewhere along the way…
A bad day of RVing, beats a good day at work!
Here’s a photo of our magic carpet, that takes us to so many wonderful places, taken at the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Soledad Canyon, California.
As Charles Kuralt from the old “On The Road” TV series used to say…”Wonder what’s around the bend?” Travel On!!!!
(By the way…I so enjoyed re-reading Blue Highways, I decided to re-read it a third time…starting again yesterday…only slower this time!)
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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