January 16, 2010

Driving as Therapy


The world news, the Northwest darkness and stuff has me in the pits, so I got on the road in the Subaru and headed out on I-5.

Driving and roadtrips have always worked for me when I am in a funk. I checked the weather reports and there was no where to drive to reach the sun.. rain in every direction.

So I went out into the storm. The ride up North was gusty and wet, but I started to feel better. I drove out to La Conner. The Skagit Valley makes me feel all better immediately. The hills, farms, green fields and the snow geese and trumpeter swans. Hundreds of big white birds everywhere chowing down in the wet fields. Truly remarkable. See swans

Later at my daughters' place I watched the local heron hanging out waiting for lunch in the pasture. I asked myself where could you live with such grandeur and I came out of the funk. The Thai dinner didn't hurt either.


Andrew Thornton said...

Seems like a lot of us have been in funks recently. I am glad to hear this tip. As soon as my car is alive again, I will have to try it out for myself.

I think you were meant to see the swans. They are traditionally symbols of transformation, balance, beauty, purity and grace. A totem to take to heart when down in the dumps.

Joan Tucker said...

Andrew, yes the swans are magic. Helps me move from my isolated inner angst to contemplation of the larger world.

Mokihana and Pete said...

Skagit. Thanks for this JT, I too went for driving therapy in that valley and saw the white birds. Swans? or Snow Geese, I am not sure.
@Andrew: how beautiful is that, such a nice thing to affirm those magical winged beauties.

What a nice Sunday visit, JT ... thanks!