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Monday, November 17, 2008 - Winchester KY

A fork in the road

From here in the middle of Kentucky I can head either directly west toward New Mexico or south toward more immediate warm weather.

CONUS Low Temperature Ending Tue, Nov 18, 2008 7AM EST
CONUS Low Temperature Ending Tue, Nov 18, 2008 7AM EST

I'm going to Demopolis

I must admit this cold snap is influencing my decision and I'm leaning toward heading south. It's cold. I'm going to Demopolis. I spent a delightful 3 weeks last December photographing the wildlife at Foscue Creek Park and watching barge traffic on the Tombigbee River.

Night camp

Wal-Mart parking lot in Winchester KY

A Voyage and a Harbor

The native American was forced westward by the young escaping the limits of east coast villages that had been established only a generation or two earlier by parents escaping the limits of European villages. From then on, whether seeking a whale, rafting with Huck Finn, easy riding with Peter Fonda, or next week in Cancun, there has been a strong belief in America that happiness lies somewhere else. And yet as we find freedom we also rediscover loneliness. As geographer Yi-Fu Tuan says, we require both shelter and venture. We need freedom and support, silence and cacophony, the vast and distant but also the warm and near, a voyage and a harbor, the great adventure and the hobbit hole. Much of the iconography of our times gives little sense of this. Instead, the individual is treated as a self-sufficient, self-propelled vehicle moving across a background of other things, other places, and other people.