Friday, February 6, 2009

The Space in Between, Part III

When it comes to long drives, I am definitely a fan of freeways. They are designed to move people in vehicles long distances at consistent and fast speeds, allowing us to reach destinations more quickly.

But there are times on such trips when I have wondered what I miss by driving so quickly and by staying on the prescribed path. Every so often, I add a little flexibility to my schedule so I can pause along the way. Today was one of those days, and it was great.

Twin Falls is situated next to the Snake River, and quite a ways above it. The Snake is between the freeway and the town. It is spanned by the I.B. Perrine bridge, which has a pathway leading just under the bridge. I stood there awhile, hearing and feeling the traffic rather than seeing it.

Malad Gorge was another worthy stop. A foot bridge crosses the Gorge a little below freeway level, providing a good long view in both directions. Even with the cars passing so close, it feels separate, distanced somehow. The wind was brisk, but not bitterly cold.

At this time of year, there is always at least a little uncertainty about driving weather. Not only were the roads dry, but the sky was even quite lovely in places, with just enough clouds to accentuate the blue:

Then, of course, there was the conference itself. It's one of those things that draws people who happen to have had a significant influence on my life through their friendship, teaching, and mentoring.

What a great day!

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