My youngest son Pat and I like to go for car rides with no particular destination in mind.
Tonight we drove along the banks of the Schuylkill River, and were looking at the houses that were right along the edge of the river and wondering what it must be like when there is a significant rainfall and the river rises. While I am sure that flooding is a recurring issue, I guess that’s just part of life on the river. The people who live there must think of the flooding as a minor inconvenience when compared to the view and the peace of living along the river.
While we were driving along, we saw houses on the other side of the river and we decided to try and find the road that those houses were on. Well an hour of driving went by and we still hadn’t found that road, but it was fun just driving around on roads I don’t think I’ve ever been on before.
When we finally decided it was time to go home, I got out my faithful Google Maps app, since I had no idea where I was, and was stunned to find out that we were less than 20 minutes from our house!
I had always assumed that I knew just about everything that was within 20 minutes of our house, since I’ve lived in this area my entire life. Yet here was this completely unfamiliar place to me, so close to home. Within about 5 minutes we knew where we were at, and we were home just about 10 minuets later.
But the idea that there are places so close to home that are are completely unknown made me realize that my son and I can do a lot of our future exploring without even having to wander too far from our house.
But first we’ve got to find those river houses…
I think Jack Kerouac would approve…