The Long Road Home


Linda  058It’s a long way from Maine to Texas, and we don’t drive every year, but this is one of those when we hit the road.  Peering out the window for mile after mile, there are some things of which I become very aware.  Of course, there are the usual franchises, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Cracker Barrel and the like, but there is more.

barnThere are lots of wide open spaces in this country of ours, much of which is farmland.  Where there are crops or cattle, there’s a barn, and I found myself fascinated by how many there were in every state through which we passed.

barnThere are plenty of red barns.

barnNot all are in such good shape, but they add color to the landscape

barnand have interesting architectural details.

barnMost barns are wooden structures,

barnsome weatherbeaten but with surprising touches.

barnOthers are in such disrepair I wondered how they were still standing, but they add character to what’s passing outside my window.

barnSome barns clearly communicate their use.  There’s no secret here

barnor here where the barn appears to be a first class facility, I’m guessing for horses.

barnMy favorite barn?  This one at my daughter’s farm where we stop for a short visit!  More about that next time so do come back.

Next time you are on the road, start looking and see if you notice how many barns there are.   I’m thinking they would be great subject for a coffee table book, but the photos might be a little better not taken from a moving car!

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20 thoughts on “The Long Road Home

  1. Welcome home to Texas! I’ve never driven from Maine to Texas, but I think I’d enjoy the drive. I’m fascinated with barns too. Something very American about a red barn on the landscape.
    You got some terrific photos. Doesn’t look at all like you are in a moving car.
    Thanks for sharing.1

  2. Hope you had a safe trip. The east end of LI where I live used to have many farms and barns. Now, there are only a few left. The land is so valuable and the tax situation makes it hard to pass the farms down.

  3. We drive from DC to Maine, and really love it. After NY and parts of CT, it gets relaxing. I love the barns dotting the landscape. And, wow, I didn’t know Linsey is your daughter!!! What a small world. I love her blog and beautiful farm. Cheers, Loi

    • How crazy is that that you should know Linsey. When she is in Maine and we take a boat trip to Castine, we should definitely meet for lunch. Hey, it would be OK to meet you without her!

  4. Great photographs, love the structures – where the character lies. Have a safe and sound trip back to TX! Just in time to miss the next snow storm ~

  5. Thanks for sharing your trip Lulu, and great pics from the car in motion! Love all the old barns, a glimpse into now and then…we see a lot of barns when we travel back in forth from north to south Alabama and see many barns, all shapes and sizes~I think it would make a great coffee table book~ you are getting back to the warm south just in time!
    Jenna

  6. So simple as barn houses can be the road attraction. You sure proved that here. I’m impressed that you seem to have taken the time to photograph all those. I tend to just pass them, hard to stop driving.

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