It’s late Saturday evening and the day is almost done. The sun set hours ago, and it’s dark now. The moon is visible in the clear western sky. Last night it lightly snowed and this morning when the sun rose its warmth melted the fresh layer of new snow. Spring, at least official Spring, is a little more than a fortnight away, but all indications are that Spring is here.
I woke early, made coffee and began work before the sun rose this morning. I was driving to church when I snapped the photo. It’s the road I take to church or downtown or whenever I visit the Northside of town. This morning was the monthly men’s group gathering and I joined this year. Most of the time I am the youngest member of the group. It was my turn to get donuts.
It’s a narrow road and at one time it was a scantly traveled narrow country road. But the development of the suburbs in the last half-century has turned it into a well-traveled road connecting north to south. On the right, ancient trees provide the border between the road and a private golf club. The golf club is the oldest 18-hole golf club in the United States and has hosted the US Open and the Walker Cup. The houses on the left have been built in the past forty or so years, but at one time there was a trolley connecting downtown Chicago with the western suburbs. It’s long gone, but the old rail bed is now part of a network of crushed stone paths connecting the western suburbs for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.
This morning the side of the road was lightly coated with snow and the tree branches hung over the road. Soon leaves will sprout, but today the bare limbs provided a clear view of the morning clouds. By the time the men’s group was finished, the sky was clear and it was sunny and the snow was slowly becoming a faint memory.
It has been a great day and tomorrow could be a million and six times better. Who knows, but I’ll be on the road to the Northside on my way to church. I’ll be driving the church bus tomorrow morning picking up parishioners who can no longer drive. Regardless, it’s gonna be a great day, no what road I take. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one well-traveled road at a time.
Where have the roads taken you lately?
Today’s post is inspired by this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken. For this week’s challenge, show us something that surprised you on “the road taken.” It could be a heritage building in your city or town as seen from a new-to-you angle, a yummy meal on a road trip detour, or the penny you found on a casual stroll. (I still love to find pennies — always a small thrill!) This challenge is wide open — show us the excitement, surprise, wonder, or amazement of your “road taken.”
Thanks to the Cardinal Guzman for this widget for this year’s Weekly Photo Challenges.