Smoke And Mirrors (#307)

Ever get a feeling that circumstances are occuring to prevent you from doing something? I tried three times today: up, down and sideways to get to Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.

First time, I’m driving the route that the park personnel gave me and a big sign appears saying the road is closed ahead.

I call the park and ask for alternate directions.  Their directions send me down another road that is blockaded due to a big hole in the road!

This time the road is too narrow to turn around and I can not back up because of towing my car. So out I get, disconnect the car, turn the RV around, reconnect the car and drive back up the road.

I call the park again.  This time the gal says Well, there’s just no easy way to get here from there.  Imagine!

She then proceeds to give me directions that will take me in a bigger circle with no guarantee that I’d actually get there.  I decide that I’ve been given a sign not once but three times to abandon the place with the hole-y roads and the unholy directions.

Another hundred miles of backroad slow-mos with Amish buggies, farm tractors and road crews painting yellow lines in torrential downpours takes me to Cowan Lake State Park.  I unclench my hands from the steering wheel and set up camp.  It’s good to be off the road for the night.


Just Some Ducks in the Mist

Two Ducks in the Mist


After a bewildering day I am beyond tired but also safe and happy.

Some adventures make me wonder who’s pulling the strings.  Is it all just smoke and mirrors?

Ever Grateful,




About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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10 Responses to Smoke And Mirrors (#307)

  1. Amber says:

    Oh my gosh Mom! What a day! So happy you’re safe and settled in for the night. Miss you and love you so much 😘

  2. Teresa says:

    Glad you are safe and tucked in for the night.

  3. Glad you are safe. Did you get that photo of the ducks as part of your day?

  4. Sher says:

    Only you Anne – your adventures just keep mounting. Unbelievable, and I think you are right, you just weren’t meant to go there. Another time perhaps. So glad you are safe. Many happy and safe travels to you my dear friend. I miss you.

  5. Connie T says:

    I have that happen so many times. It is nerve racking. Once I tried to go to Yosemite and there were fires all over. We finally got there but it was so smoky you could not see very well, so we left. The camp grounds were full too.

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