How about an easy breakout?
No kidding. It can change your vision. But it’s not the way I once found seeing distant trees and traffic signs and red neon scribbles across small store windows in Memphis: “Guns and Music.”
it was perfect for me. These days, I just want to read “Thons of Music.” And maybe so. I haven’t been back to Memphis since 1985 when I was helping a friend reach Northwest Arkansas from Virginia. It’s his 1985, not 1885.
Traveling there, I met a harmonica player named Willie Foster in the Mississippi Delta south of Memphis. He once boarded a bus trying to go to Chicago and ended up in St. He Lewis. He couldn’t read, so Windy City — more or less, now he gave me a 20/20 vision.
To me that means seeing how the planet works and how Americans move to make things better. It means understanding that our amazingly beautiful things remain.
Here’s one of the wilder paradoxes about Americans that travels reveal. We helped guide the New World, emerging from 3,000 years of European civilization, through colonies, into nations, and into slavery. But paradoxically, we also fought the bloodiest, most desperate war in the history of our nation to end it.
Travel to the Virginia homes of our Founding Fathers, including Mount Vernon (George Washington) and Monticello (Thomas Jefferson), who helped us to free America by tearing America away from ancient prejudices of class and religion. is. Speech and the separation of church and state, as James Madison (Montpelier) explained it, “to keep from these shores forever the incessant strife that has made the soil of Europe so bloody for centuries.” In the 400 year history of slavery. They left it to other Americans (led by Lincoln, who was born and raised in a log cabin) to soak the dirt in the blood that keeps us from racial injustice.
It’s kind of a breakout. But if you want better eyesight, it’s worth every kind of trip, big or small.
For example, let’s say you work in marketing, sales, or finance, or you’re a small business owner. Let’s say you live in a comfortable house in a pleasant city. Maybe you define travel as going somewhere more comfortable. Often on the beach or on the boat, smiling employees will serve you food and drink whenever you want.
In that case, you are not really traveling, even if the scenery changes.
Alternatively, you can consider going to Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp on Lake Okeechobee near Clewiston. There, a mosquito the size of a Focke-Wulf dive-bomber (Germany, WWII) never shows up in his squadron of less than 100 people and sometimes sleeps. On a rickety old bed in a small square room, a 100 foot walk to the dock, overlooking sawgrass and water, whether fishing or not.
That’s breakout travel.
Or, suppose you take regular walks through specially protected wilderness areas in Florida. Big Cypress Reserve or Everglades National Park, Fakahatchee Strand, Ten Thousand Islands or Archibald Biological Station on the ridges of Lake Wales. million years.
fine. But to get a clearer picture, you should go to a spa or resort hotel and see how the other half (or 90%) lives.
That’s breakout travel.
My eldest son, Florida Weekly writer and photographer Evan Williams (no whiskey, just an occasional drinker) did this last year when he moved to Los Angeles after spending many years in the Sunshine State. I was. And my youngest son, Nash, recently did this, returning to Yosemite National Park last week from his first long trip with his friend Grant Rogers.
Backpacked in the park just because they wanted to see it.
For Florida boys, it’s a serious journey. From one foot above sea level to the base of El Capitan, from the valley floor he 3,000 feet, to granite cliffs over 7,500 feet above sea level. It is 2.5 times taller than the Empire State Building and 3 times taller than the Eiffel Tower.
something you should go see. ¦