10/22/09

Would that be NORTH or SOUTH????




A word of warning to parents traveling to sporting events across your gorgeous state of Oregon.

1. When reading the directions, try to determine if the Route 44 you are supposed to take is a N or S. This will prove important, and will help you NOT to drive 24 miles in the wrong direction.

2. When the back, twisty, country roads say the speed limit is 25 mph, make sure you follow THAT rule. Odds are great that many farmers will be driving their QUITE LARGE tractors on this particular back road on this gorgeous sunny afternoon.

3. When the directions say you will travel 28.6 miles on a desolate, windy, mountainous Rte 687, they really mean 4000.

4. When you stop (for the third time) at a tiny house converted into a gas station/convenience store, and the girl behind the counter has piercings ALL over her face and is sporting an incredible hair-do with two distinct colors, don’t let her fool ya. SHE’S the one who will finally give you the right directions. In fact, you might want to kiss her.

5. When you arrive at this out of the way field in time to see the last 25 minutes of play, you will smile. Because there, on that field, you will watch your daughter play with incredible athleticism and grace – and you will know in your heart that this twisty, windy, frustrating trip to nowhere has really been a trip to somewhere. And, it has been worth it. In many more ways than you can measure.



However, next time you might want to pack a lunch.


And a banjo.

47 comments:

Coffee with Cathy said...

I just wish that all directions used the valuable words "right" and "left." That's the only way I can get somewhere successfully. One question, though: How was the trip back???

Secretia said...

Wrong way, go back, one way, no U turn, stop. Thos are my usual directions.

Carolyn...Online said...

Never ever bring the banjo. They EXPECT things from you when you have your own banjo. I live in Georgia, I know these things.

buffalodick said...

35 years in outside sales, I have a map of everywhere..Why? I may have the worst sense of direction of any man on the planet..and being a guy- I will not ask for directions!

Ms. Sarah said...

So pretty. Would love to go out west again.

Ellie Belen said...

When visiting Oregon a few years ago, we were traveling the roads all over this gorgeous state. But I was a basket case. Didn't realize that I would be gripped with fear, white knuckling the doors, and looking down sheer drops on a continual basis. Not to mention the signs "Look out for falling rocks."
My adrenalin was so high at one point, I begged my husband to stop the car and promptly started crying from the adrenalin drop.

Beautiful, beautiful state. But for a flat earth dweller, way too scary.

Snappy Di said...

Those photos could pass for our Blue Ridge area right now with the rolling mountains and the orange and golden colors. :-) For a minute I thought perhaps you had paid me a visit. LOL

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Oh My Goddess said...

Now I have that Oh! Susannah song in my head.

Thanks Vodka Mom.

Beautiful post though ~ Love YOU!

Under the Influence said...

Follow the team bus! Of course, you'll get there hours too early, but then you can scour the little town and get some good blog fodder!

ModernMom said...

I don'tuse east or west I use righ at the big red barn with the rooster on top...the left where at that place where they make honey...I am truly directionally challenged. Thank god for GPS

3 Men and a Lady said...

Nothing like getting lost in the back country. Glad you made it to the game.

3 Men and a Lady said...

Nothing like getting lost in the back country. Glad you made it to the game.

Christine said...

Prior to purchasing a GPS, I used to think long and hard about which direction seems the most likely. Then I would go the other way. Worked every time.

Brian Miller said...

it is worth it. big smiles.

Fragrant Liar said...

If I'm packing a banjo, I'm also going to be packing a gun in my chastity belt, which covers my arse.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I can't remember my comment cause Liar's got me laughing to hard over here.

But I think your country roads over there are mighty pretty and I'm glad you made it even if only for a bit.

Helena Halme said...

I once took the wrong turning onto the M25 (London ring road) which added only 3 hours to our 3 hour journey home. I too wished I'd packed a lunch that day. And a more tolerant husband. Or ear plugs.

Rick Daley said...

What you do is you go up the road a ways, then turn at the barn. Go down that street for a little while, and go through a couple intersections and then turn at the old farmhouse....

only a movie said...

I have been lost in - er - Oregon, before and those photos brought back memories.
Glad you made it to the game on time.

Steven Anthony said...

This post had it all, like a really good movie...it made me laugh, snort actually....then came number five....the love of a mother, as always made me cry...wonderful happy tears....(I know, I know, man up) great post;)

5. When you arrive at this out of the way field in time to see the last 25 minutes of play, you will smile. Because there, on that field, you will watch your daughter play with incredible athleticism and grace – and you will know in your heart that this twisty, windy, frustrating trip to nowhere has really been a trip to somewhere. And, it has been worth it. In many more ways than you can measure.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

no GPS? tsk tsk! :D

SkylersDad said...

Now that my friend Mapquest has entered my life, I never ask for directions. I just print a map, so much better for me!

CaJoh said...

This reminds me of a time when I was in Pittsburgh and needed to get to a hotel on the other side of the river. I missed the bridge and had to go another 5 miles just to turn around.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

"and a banjo." LOL!
Oregon looks so beautiful.
Such a good post: heartwarming and funny.

Gayle said...

Definitely follow the team bus then take a nap in the car while you wait for the game to start. Glad you could find the humor in being late. Good for your daughter!

lisa said...

I remember doing this with a GPS that was directionally challenged.

Thankfully, my daughter went to the field with someone who could read a map. However, it was at that game that she fractured her back. Yes, it was a fun 13 hr. car trip home.

Sara said...

"Take the cannoli. Leave the gun."

Wow, The Godfather really does answer every question.

staceyjwarner said...

Shame you didn't have to knock on a barn door and get directions from a sexy-god who is also a painter...like Sarah on Brothers and Sisters!

Vodka Logic said...

Ah how sweet... And this is why my kids werent allowed to play on travel teams. Kidding, they actually moved onto some other interest before they got old enough.. but no matter there was still that out of the way camp ground.

xx

CSY said...

Living in the South, I LOVE the colors on those trees! As for the banjo...um, no...not bringin' THAT thing around! For some reason "You sure do gots a purty mouth, boy" keeps streaming thru my head...I know, I need help!

Chris Mancini said...

I used to try and put a compass in my car but it kept breaking from the LA heat/sun. Now, the iphone's GPS has saved me quite a bit of time and hassle. When I remember to charge it.

justsomethoughts... said...

do these same rules apply in, say, montana ?

Irish Gumbo said...

I don't got no banjo, ma'am, just this here washtub bass, that okay? (grin)

Based on that description I'd probably want to kiss her no matter the directions. Maybe :)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I have to say - that first picture is pretty amazing (especially since I'm guessing it's one you took while driving). This might be the ONLY kind of sporting event I'd enjoy...

Lynn said...

What a good mom you are!
Except for puttin those tight snowpants on the kid!
Don't squeeze the peter!

Marinka said...

Omg, why do they make it so hard for us? Why can't the highway just go ONE WAY?

Joanie M said...

OH! Fragrant Liar has me LMAO! Now the dueling banjos from Deliverance is stuck in my head. I'll never get to sleep now!

Super glad they won!

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

"The Long and Winding Road..."

Oh wait. you didn't want me to sing, right?

Possum said...

"....that leads to your blog..."
Aw shucks Janie I was gonna jump in and sing back up vocals!
I say if there's a banjo then it's a good thing I brought my hip flask!
The only North/South issues I had was a confused GPS taking me south instead of north on the 57 in LA. Those highways; That traffic; That heat!! A faint hearted gal from outta town could die of thirst!

Tammy Howard said...

At least it was a SCENIC drive...

We love our GPS. We call her Monica.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

This is when the "bitch in a box" (aka GPS) would come in handy. But then again, sometimes, I think she has you turn the wrong way just for fun.

bluecottonmemory said...

I have sadly learned that if I think I am going North, I am actually going south. However, I am the queen of throwing pride out the window and asking directions! It sounds like you didn't let frustration get the best of you! That was the real winner that day!

Sue said...

I just love trying to find the kid's games in different towns. At least you got to see some of Oregon's scenery! What no picture of the piercings girl?

Gaston Studio said...

I'm hearing "She'll be coming 'round the mountain" over and over and over.

Barrie said...

And this is why I am totally in love with my nav!

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

A girl without a compass is like a girl without a purse. Oy vey!

Phillipia said...

Sometimes I think schools/coaches give parents the wrong directions on purpose...

It's a conspiracy, I tell ya...

Glad you got there in time to see your daughter play. Makes it all worth it, doesn't it?