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Travel Time to Smell the Flowers

Before leaving Florida, headed to Ohio, our net friend Sandy reminded us, "Stop! Take time to smell the flowers!" Along our way, I and my dog Valentino did just that and captured a view for our friend too.

On the first leg of our journey we stayed overnight in a hotel near Montgomery, Alabama. On our morning walk, Valentino stopped to sniff the scents held in the air of his new surroundings. This gave me the perfect opportunity to snap a photo of a pretty pink flower for our friend Sandy (also known as Rusty2Rusty here at PersonaPaper.)

I smile even now as I picture this moment as one of many memories of our long journey together. Though we traveled alone, we were not alone, for our friends, as well as a few angelic strangers we met along our way, were with us across the miles.

By the way, if you ever find yourself in need of a great hotel in Alabama, I highly recommend the Key West Inn (Millbrook-Pratville location.) The inn was dog-friendly, inexpensive, and spic and span clean.

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Feisty56 wrote on November 14, 2015, 11:26 PM

Sometimes we can become so focused on our objective that we forget to enjoy the journey, whether literally or figuratively. I'm glad your friend reminded you to enjoy your journey.

RuthCox wrote on November 14, 2015, 11:30 PM

For sure, Feisty56 , I smiled and thought of Sandy every time we saw a flower on the trip. Little things like that helped ease the stress of the move.

marleysa wrote on November 15, 2015, 2:19 AM

I like to travel at a slow pace too - stop when I want to and take in the view as they say.

BarbRad wrote on November 15, 2015, 3:21 AM

Don't know if I'll ever get to Alabama, but I'll try to remember this tip. Glad you are finally settled with a working computer again.

WordChazer wrote on November 15, 2015, 9:40 AM

Good to have you back around here again. Love to you and Valentino. I don't think we have any trips to Alabama planned int he near future, although I would like to visit one day. I'll bear your recommendation in mind in case I come across anyone who is going that way for business or a holiday.

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 9:59 AM

For me that is the safest way, marleysa , as well as more enjoyable. I don't travel well and cannot see to drive at night.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 15, 2015, 9:59 AM

Glad you are taking the time to enjoy the trip.

CoralLevang wrote on November 15, 2015, 11:15 AM

Ah, yes! Always must stop to smell the roses. emoticon :smile: I love that your Valentino did the same, and that you snapped this photo!

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 11:24 AM

I doubt I will travel through that area anytime soon, BarbRad but if I do I would stay at the Inn again for sure. Yes, I am quite happy about a working PC again too!

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 12:07 PM

Thank you, WordChazer It is good to be back! The Key West Inn was lovely and these flowering bushes were planted all over the property, quite cheerful!

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 12:24 PM

Our trip to Ohio was intense, wolfgirl569 but there were many splendid moments along the way, too.

RuthCox wrote on November 15, 2015, 3:39 PM

Absolutely, CoralLevang I have learned from walking dogs to stop and smell the flowers but it doesn't hurt to be reminded to do so on occasion, especially when on an unexpected or uneasy journey.

MegL wrote on November 15, 2015, 5:30 PM

Taking time to smell the flowers is great advice at most times.

RuthCox wrote on November 16, 2015, 8:36 AM

That it is, MegL Though I suppose if I were running late for an appointment or work that it would not be a good thing to stop to smell the flowers!

MegL wrote on November 16, 2015, 2:52 PM

LOL, that's true. But sometimes, when running late, stopping to "smell the flowers" helps you regroup your energies and make sure you do the most important things first, instead of running round like a headless chicken emoticon :grin: getting nothing done.

RuthCox wrote on November 16, 2015, 4:59 PM

Too true, might help put priorities in proper order!

CoralLevang wrote on November 21, 2015, 3:12 PM

I had an opportunity to do so when I was in Tampa this week, and went to The Dali Museum. Fabulous collection!