On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
We’re trying a new feature here, so let’s see how it goes for the next week or so before it’s fully automated.
This post is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.
So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are.
Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!
Should you have any pictures (tasteful, relevant, etc….) you can email them to [email protected] or just use this nifty link to start an email: Start an Email to send a Picture to Post on Balloon Juice
I have no travels now, but this thread makes me think of all the trips South as a child. Being the youngest, I spent many an hour in the middle on those long trips. Even though I grew up post Civil Rights, I realize now how many of my parent’s traveling choices were a result of them growing up in the Jim Crow South.
Alain the site fixer
@rikyrah: did they use the Green Book? amazing that there was such a need for it, and that there might be a new incarnation needed now!
Good morning, rikyrah! In all my years of lurking here and only sporadically commenting since just before the election, I have never had a chance to say that. Hope you have a fantastic day.
Alain the site fixer
@Quinerly: we welcome pix of your companion, check the email address above.
I’ll repost this from above because I’m tired this morning and don’t want to retype:
I drove a surprise round trip to Cincinnati last night after work, my son came up for the weekend to bring me back my car and bring his truck back after fixing the fuel filter, but the transmission on the truck went out just outside of Batesville, IN. So he got a tow and on the way sold his truck to the junkers for the price of the tow plus a few hundred more and I drove down to pick him up. We drove on the the Cincy airport so I could pick up a rental car and I drove back home. Got in at 2:30, but it was after 3 before the critters were out, fed, and settled. Luckily, I don’t work until 2pm.
It’s roughly 4 hours each way, plus I lost a half hour trying to find the bar in Batesville that the kid was waiting at, Google maps kept trying to tell me to turn down dead ends and take a right into park fields.
back to vegas in a couple of weeks for the Pac12 tourney…. will be following the proposed Interstate 11 route… once you get past the Phoenix metro Area there’s plenty of wide open spaces to lose yourself in song (ty multiple CD players and XM radio!). Supposedly the area out there is what inspired U2’s The Joshua Tree and for some reason the feeling evoked seems to ring pretty true to me.
Anyone else have a desolate location travelled and music that seems to be “just right” for it?
In two weeks I will be in northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville) for a few days; would be happy to meet Juicers.
J R in WV
Year ago we were on a driving vacation in Arizona, and found the AM Navajo Nation station. 90% Navajo language, just enough English to let you know what was going on. Late night on the high desert, they were doing a Navajo ceremony, all drums and chanting. Pretty cool.
A few years later we were on Navajo Nation roads listening, and they were covering the death of a Medal of Honor Code Talker. Their culture has no words for funerary practices, as they don’t believe in that at all. In their culture the dead are never mentioned, they are gone and dangerous to speak of. So the announcer had to break into English more than usual, to talk about the white important people and the ceremony that our white culture kind of demanded. Again, very interesting to see their blending of their old ways and the new ways.
They seem to be doing a fairly good job of taking care of their people.