French poet Anatole France once noted, “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”
For close to 20 years, my friend DeLinda and I have wandered together: on weekend drives along the Connecticut shore, on the grand thruways of Texas, and meandering highways across France.
For sure there is a harmony to our wandering. We quickly settle in to the well-known rhythm of our friendship. Old conversations blend into new. Familiar characters and stories take shape against the changing scenery outside. A comfortable laughter fills the air, with nods of recognition and memory. It is as if no time has passed between our visits.
How easily we set out on the unknown path ahead of us, happily welcoming what the Universe chooses to present for our next adventure.
[Photos of West Texas wanderings include I-10, Highway 90, and back roads across the Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Valentine area.]
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©2010, photos by Jen Payne
Music: “Texas Reel” by Woody Mann, from the album Road Trip. You can purchase the CD here.