Following My Bliss: Lighthouses and Lobster!

Published July 2, 2013 by Susan Woodward

northeast_cities“Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.””

— J.R.R. Tolkien

That’s my plan for this weekend.  Tomorrow morning I shall get in my car, gas up, head east and drive till I get to the ocean.  Once there, I will turn left and continue until I find lighthouses and cheap lobster!

Who needs a road map to get to Maine?  All I need is a basic knowledge of North Eastern US geography to figure out how to get around.  Heck, I do it all the time in NY.  Whenever I go for a long, lazy drive, I have a general idea of where I am.  I know that if I drive west and hit water (Lake Erie), I am near Buffalo.   Depending upon how fast the water is moving, I can pretty much tell how close I am to Niagara Falls.   I can figure things out from there considering I was born in Buffalo.  When coming home to Rochester, if I am in the Southern Tier (south of Buffalo, that is), I know that all I need is a north easterly direction to get back.  If I head north and hit water (Lake Ontario), I just have to turn right and wait for the 390.  If I choose to go east first instead of north, well all I have to do is drive east till I run into the 390.  Since it goes all the way down the state, the 390 is a good marker.

See?  No map.  Just a general awareness of where things are in the bigger picture of the state.  I intend to expand that theory as I head to Maine.  Really…how hard can it be?

I am leaving here with no itinerary, no booked rooms, no map, and no idea of what I will find except lighthouses and lobster.  I am certain that all will be provided and that I am going to see some awesome sights!

Now that’s bliss.

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