Getting a Little Lost

Do you ever pick a direction and just start driving?

Like with no map or GPS? 

Sounds a bit scary right?

I mean, why would anyone do such a thing in this day and age of always knowing exactly where we’re going and right where we’ve been?

Honestly, it’s just something we do.

For fun.

Yesterday was one of those days we needed to stay home. We’ve been gone every day for a week.

I’m pretty sure that same poor load of clothes I’ve washed three times in a row, was begging me to put them in the dryer.

Yeah, I’m definitely behind on my chores. Too bad those darn dishes don’t wash themselves!

So yesterday, I drew the line. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re staying home!”, I told myself. I had too much to do.


I did get some chores done.

But by 6 p.m., I had my keys in my hand and we were off!

We’ve been on nearly every southern and eastern backroad in this county, so we chose one we hadn’t been on and headed north.

There we were, just me and Little Bit, windows down, hair blowing, Bob Seager blaring in the speakers.

It’s  getting close to the change of season here. It’s still summer, yet the smell of fall is in the air and that made for a really amazing drive.

Our route took us through a couple of tiny towns we’ve never been to, and ended at a road we’ve been on a million times.

Chasing the sunset, we ended up in a neighboring town at a park we love and had just enough light left for some picture taking.

What a glorious evening.

On the way back, a giant moon introduced itself over an open pasture, and led us home.

My, how I love drawing out these long days of summer and making memories just by getting a little lost. 

50 thoughts on “Getting a Little Lost

  1. Diane August 18, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful time!

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Oh mom, I wish you would have been with us! You would have LOVED it. Come visit!! ❤️

  2. thejuicenut August 18, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! We used to do it when we were kids in our first family car, Dad would let each one of us take turns to decide whether we turned left or right at a junction and see where it came out. And just a few weeks ago, my hb and I did it for my birthday outing. I have yet to write about it, but yes, I love doing that in the summer! Sounds a lovely evening, too ☺️👏🏻

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Oh my gosh, how fun!!! I bet you have a lot of great family memories doing that!

      I’m sooooo excited that you did that for your birthday! That’s so cool!

  3. beeorganizedwithpamela August 18, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Those are the best kind of trips. My parents are famous for doing that. My hubby and I have taken an entire vacation just based on Lets go south. Drive until we hit warm. It was a blast. We did finally hit warm.

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Oh!!! That sounds so fun! Maybe we’ll do our next vacation that way! Your parents sound pretty awesome! :)

  4. ladieswholunchreviews August 18, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    We did that on weekends when I was young. Last time we did a driving vacation I really loved it!

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      That’s so awesome. Sounds really fun. Where did you end up then on your vacation?

  5. restlessjo August 18, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Gotta make it last, Jess :) :)

  6. anotherday2paradise August 18, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Lovely post and stunning photos, Jessica. I love the long shadows in your first pic. I quite like the sound of going on a mystery tour. :)

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      You’re welcome to ride along any time! :)

      Thank you for your kind comments. It was a beautiful evening. I felt really lucky to have made it to the park as sun was setting. It made the nicest pink light. :)

  7. August 18, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Good for you! I have done this-my grandmother and I would ride down unfamiliar country roads, just because they looked pretty and they were! Sweet and inspiring post!

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      Hi! Awww! I love that you and your grandmother did this. That reminds me of when my grandparents lived way out on the farm. Loved those roads.

      Thank you so much. Trying to savor my kiddo while he’s still little. Hopefully he’ll have all these rides in his memory bank when he’s grown up.

  8. agshap August 18, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Best ever! Which reminds me – havent done that in a long time….not intentionally anyway. I am one of those people who gets lost all the time..GPS or not, so I get to see some neighborhoods I never was in anyway…..

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 5:17 pm

      Wow! Thanks! Oh my, sounds like you’re set up for the scenic route! Which is great unless you’re in a hurry! Ha! :)

  9. koolaidmoms August 18, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I love to do this! We were on our way home from a cross country trip once and we’re stuck in traffic. I knew which general direction I needed to go and we got off the highway. It was so much fun. We all should do it more!

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Oh! I love that you did that!! Bet everyone was happier. Interstates certainly have their purpose, but I love the idea of Route 66 and little towns and diners.

      I agree with you! Let’s do it more! :)

  10. Weird Guy With The Dog August 18, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Thank you for including the flag. To many people choose to ignore it and what it stands for.

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      I love that flag! :) Means something to me, my family, my friends. :)

  11. thechickengrandma August 18, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I love this post! My husband and I do this on Sunday afternoons. As a kid my family would pick up my Grandma and just drive in our non air conditioned Plymouth. I can remember my Dutchy grandma telling us to close the window because there was such a “draft” (and roll those r’s)
    Those photos are also amazing!

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Hi! Welcome to my blog! I’m SO excited that you’re here!! :)

      I absolutely love your story, I can just picture a Grandma and a family in a Plymouth, cruising around. Love the rolled R’s.

      My grandparent’s on my mom’s side were all German and had the best accents… Miss those.

      I love that you and your husband do this on Sunday afternoons. That’s sooooo great. Is it a rural area?

      • thechickengrandma August 18, 2016 / 6:17 pm

        Yes it is. We live smack dab in the middle of 4 very small rural towns. (We tell people we are so far in the sticks that we don’t even grow sticks) Our nearest large city is 60 miles away.

        • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 6:34 pm

          Oh man! That’s funny!! I tell everyone we live in the toolies and they’re like, “What?” Ha!

          So when you go to “town”, aka city, you’ve got a ways to go. We have 30 miles to bowling, movies, etc.

          • thechickengrandma August 18, 2016 / 8:54 pm

            20 miles to movies, 10 miles to bowling, 10 to groceries in a pinch, 20 to discount stores, 60 for serious shopping. And only 10 to our closest Pizza Ranch!! that one is important :).

          • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 8:59 pm

            Not bad at all. How lucky! I love small town bowling alleys. Love that about the Pizza Ranch! :)

            We have a lake cabin that’s so far in the sticks that ice cream melts before we get from the store 30 miles out, to it. Curvyyyyy roads. :)

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks for saying the photos are amazing. There’s a little log cabin at that park and it sits in an old cemetery. We hit the light just right with the sunset behind it. I love that building. I think I may do another post with more photos of it. They turned out pretty cool. :)

      • thechickengrandma August 18, 2016 / 6:15 pm

        I love the little log cabin. We have a town close by that has a log cabin that was moved there as it was on the first settled place in our county.

        • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 6:16 pm

          Wow! That’s awesome!

  12. Mrs Strawberry Blonde August 18, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    What an amazing time you must have had! My husband and I love driving too. Well, I drive. :) Just going somewhere. Somewhere new… it definitely beats doing the laundry! :D

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Ha ha ha!!!! You got that right- laundry can wait. Those clothes may walk by themselves before they ever make it to the dryer!!

      I figured you were an adventurous type- somewhere new is so fun! 🌷

  13. Debra Farmer August 18, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Beautiful photos Jessica!!! I felt like I was riding along with you and Little Bit!!! Those chores can wait, they will always be there, that little guy in the seat next to you is all that matters!!!💕

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Awwwww…. You make me smile, girl. That’s exactly what I was thinking. The summer of 9 is winding down, it’s passed so quick, I’m going to squeeze in every last drop of momma and son time. If he asks, we go! 💗

      • Debra Farmer August 18, 2016 / 8:52 pm

        They grow up so fast and grandkids grow up even faster. Slow down!!! I know you cherish every moment, so do I.

        • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 8:54 pm

          Yes ma’am. I blinked and he was 9❤️ I bet you savor those grandkids!

    • Jessica August 18, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      And, thanks for liking the photos! You are welcome to join us anytime! :) You would’ve loved the log cabin at the park. I’ll share more pictures so you can see them. :)

  14. Annika Perry August 19, 2016 / 5:38 am

    A lovely story of your adventure, Jessica. You’re right to enjoy every moment of summer – I feel a tang of autumn in the air now and then! The other day my son and I too a short-cut. You know the ones where they become the long way round. Ended up on the smallest mud lane ever, just the width of the car. I kept panicking what would happen if we met another car – there was no way I could reverse for miles! We had a fun laugh though – hysterically mostly!😀

    • Jessica August 19, 2016 / 9:00 am

      Oh my gosh!!! Sounds intense- I love the hysterically the most! I can just picture you two laughing!! Great memories were made that day with you two!

  15. Bun Karyudo August 19, 2016 / 9:45 am

    That sounds like fun. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of adventure! :)

    • Jessica August 19, 2016 / 9:56 am

      Hello. :) Thank you. We enjoyed it. Did it again last night!

  16. Miriam August 19, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    How does that quote go, “when we get lost we find ourselves”. Love your pics. It’s just what I used to do when the kids were little, pack up and drive! :)

    • Jessica August 19, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Oh man, I LOVE that quote. How true is that!!??!! I love that you used to pack up the kids and drive… That makes my heart smile!

      We just got home from driving again. You should see the full moon. It’s huge!! So beautiful. Got some good pictures tonight, too.

      Drove last night, too. Camera free. Just took in the view. We’ve been going at sunset all week. ☀️

      • Miriam August 20, 2016 / 12:42 am

        How awesome. Do you know Jess, on the night of mum’s funeral the moon was as big as I’ve ever seen it, in my entire life. It was massive with the most flaming sunset. I didn’t get any pictures unfortunately but the memory will always stay with me. xo

        • Jessica August 20, 2016 / 12:50 am

          Oh my gosh. I bet that was soooooo amazing. Sounds like she got the perfect send off! Hugs!

          • Miriam August 20, 2016 / 12:53 am

            Yes, she sure did. And she deserved it … hugs back my sweet friend. xo

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