Foutsie Travels the Two Lane Roads
Here we are in Washington traveling two lane roads, stopping here and there when we see something interesting or to get a photo. Man, I do a lot of U-turns, turn around and come back, or stop, get out and run back, just to get a photo or two!
We try to stop for lunch and bathroom breaks in interesting places, especially places that look like a good spot to walk Kash the Dog! We try to find mom and pop restaurants, stores, and other interesting places on our two lane roads travel. We always seem to meet interesting and kind people whenever we stop. You do have to use common sense and always be aware of your surroundings when you pick a place if it is “way out”.
We seem to be drawn to “weird” places, or out-of-the-ordinary stops along our two lane roads travels. There are some that my wife won’t even get out of the van when we stop. I am usually game to go into just about any place, no matter how sketchy. I live by the motto “smile em into submission” and it seems to have worked most of my life.
Two lane road travel has so many benefits versus expressway travel. Yeah, it may take a bit longer, but I like to see and experience different sights close up, like to stop when I want, and there are a lot more restaurants, stores, gas stations and my favorite, roadside attractions!
Driving down the two lane road you have to have music. We both like the blues, but Shelly likes Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers. Amazon Prime has it all!
Being a self-gratifying photographer, as in I don’t actively try to sell many photographs, (I tried it once, it was lucrative but too much work!) I just like to share what I see with others. My camera of choice is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 with a Leica lens. This is a model that has been replaced with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. There is another model, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 that does not have the Leica lens, still a good camera though.
The reason I like my old Panasonic Lumix is because it is lightweight, easy to shoot, and it takes a beating! This camera has taken so much abuse and still takes incredible photos, especially macro shots. (see below) (PS. 99% of my photos are taken with one hand!)
Travel gear is important to us. We like to buy on Amazon, Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, and REI. I have been checking out the Yeti Tundra Series Coolers and the Goal Zero 22004 Yeti 150 Solar Generator for an upgrade to our custom camping van setup. I’ll let you know if we go with those products or not. The Yeti cooler is about the most expensive cooler I have seen, so a lot of thought will have to go into that purchase.
I think in my next post we’ll head “down east”.
So until next time, two lane roads travel is what I’ll be doing!