Lost and found

View from near our hotel early this morning.

Everything is as it was, I discover when I reach my destination, and everything has changed.

~ Michael Frayn

M and I got lost somewhere in Maryland on our way home today.  But you know what they say.  It’s the journey, not the destination.  So we enjoyed the journey.  It was a fine day to get lost.  The sky was the most amazing shade of autumn blue with nary a cloud to be seen (until we neared Ohio where I sometimes think clouds are born).

This evening's view of the pond.

Somehow we found our way.  We traveled further south than intended, enjoying the fall foliage and the beautiful day as we traveled along the ridge of a mountain on a gravel road for what seemed like miles and miles and miles.  In truth, it was about 9 miles total.  Funny how it seems longer and further when you’re lost and there aren’t many signs of civilization.  Stopping to ask for directions was out of the question as there was no one to ask.  No street signs.  No maps.  Just the mountain ridge, the gravel road, the occasional hunting cabin or camp (with no hunters around), and the gorgeous scenery.  I’m surprised we didn’t come across any wildlife during our excursion.  No deer.  No bears.  Not even a chipmunk or a squirrel.  I am also surprised at how much wilderness there is in the western portion of Maryland.

The trip home was a little longer than expected, but well worth the extra time.  I’ll tell you more about it soon.  In the meantime, we are home safe and as sound as we ever were.  There doesn’t appear to be too much change around the pond, but it’s hard to say for sure until I get out there and take a walk.  We arrived home just before sunset and didn’t have time for a walk after we unloaded the car and spent a little time with Izzy and Bella (the cats) who obviously missed us very much.  (That may not be entirely true.  I’ve found out that my directions on feeding the cats were not clear.  As a result, our chubby kitties are now sleek and slim, and are madly in love with me now that they’ve had their usual servings of food this evening.  Their warm welcome home to us was probably more of a glad to see some food for a change.)

Time for me to go unpack and unwind.  I have lots of photos to share, and will be back with some tomorrow if all goes as planned.  Thanks for dropping by.  If you’ve had the opportunity to get lost lately, I hope it was as enjoyable as the detour M and I inadvertently took today.

21 Comments on “Lost and found”

  1. jane tims says:

    Hi. Getting lost is sometimes fun and sometimes not. We rountinely aim to get lost on our country roads. And then there was that three hours in Boston…. Jane

  2. Glad you’re home, Robin…
    Looks like you got lost in a lovely place!

  3. sometimes we get lost in our outer world because we are feeling a little lost on the inside.
    blessings to you.

  4. Christine Grote says:

    Wow, my husband does not do well when we are lost. It doesn’t usually bother me too much unless I am late, it is getting dark, or I have to go to the bathroom. I spend a large portion of my life wandering around.

    Poor kitties. I’d be glad to have you back too.

  5. Glad to hear you’re home safe:) Maybe I need to go on your kitty’s diet…

  6. afrankangle says:

    Glad you had a successful trip home and you had some unexpected surprises to see on your journey. Nice view from the hotel to see first thing in the morning!

  7. dragonfae says:

    Glad you made it home safe! I love getting “lost”. I can’t really ever get lost, at worst I go back the way I came, but I can usually find my way. But it’s so much fun … especially on dirt or gravel roads! 😀

  8. Kala says:

    Beautiful panoramic image of the autumn colors!

  9. Welcome home!
    Maryland is a beautiful State to get lost in, isn’t it? The first picture is AMAZING!!! Reminds me of the most beautiful fall I’ve ever seen….. back in 1997 when we still lived in Maryland (and also the year we moved to TX)

  10. Marcie says:

    The colors and landscape in that first image – absolutely breathtaking. WOW!

  11. Sometimes we’ll take some obscure road off of the main highway and are always pleasantly surprised. I love taking roads off the beaten path. Beautiful landscape vista. I hope I can catch some colors before winter.

  12. penpusherpen says:

    Not lost, just exploring 😀 …. great to catch up Robin…happy homecoming.xPenx

  13. Chloe says:

    beautiful landscape, i get stressed out when i get lost trying to drive somewhere

  14. eof737 says:

    Welcome home… and looking forward to what you have in your magic box. 🙂

  15. Absolutely beautiful scenery! Glad your adventure was a pleasant one- I had no idea that there was so much wilderness in Maryland!

  16. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone. 🙂

  17. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Wow — that top picture is outstanding. We recently took a trip to the Smokies to see some Fall foliage and it was beautiful, but didn’t get any pictures like that!

  18. Team Oyeniyi says:

    That shot on your banner is just superlative. The colours are amazing.

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