Images captured while speeding down a highway. Road signs proclaiming their welcome from one state to another. One night’s stay in a hotel here, another night’s stay in a different hotel there.
Sounds kind of transient, doesn’t it? Drifting from place to place. Stopping only briefly. Just passing through.
That describes our recent vacation pretty well and transient just happens to be this week’s photo challenge theme.
We traveled in our trusty vehicle northward along the Hudson River Valley, stopping at places that we listed on our itinerary and other spots that just beckoned to us to pause and enjoy the scenery.
One night’s stay in a New York (the Empire State) hotel. Then up early the next morning to drive into Massachusetts on our way to Boston for a couple of days sightseeing and nights of restful sleep in a blessedly cool air-conditioned room with a king-sized bed.
Passing through the Bay State (MA), we decided to detour from our intended path and drive the entire length of Cape Cod, just passing through, but stopping here and there to enjoy the seashore, capture some photos, hike to a lighthouse, and eat a picnic lunch.
Then continuing our transient journey, we headed for the Ocean State (Rhode Island) and into Connecticut (officially the Constitution State but also called the Nutmeg State). Again, another couple of nights in a cool and comfortable hotel room in between more sightseeing and adventures.
Back in our vehicle, we traveled around NYC, drove through the Garden State (New Jersey), and headed for home. But not before another stop.
Another place to pass through. Another event to place in the memory bank of special moments.
We breezed into Papa’s old hometown, traveled up and down streets familiar yet now different to him, passed by his former homes, and visited his parents’ grave sites. Then we checked into yet another hotel.
But the best part of all was arranging to meet someone for lunch the next day.
We had a wonderful visit with Papa’s oldest brother, his wife, and our grown up nephew. Brother is 17 years Papa’s senior, a Navy veteran, and someone my husband just doesn’t know all that well because time, distance, and both his and our being transient and moving often separated them.
It’s been almost 19 years since they have seen each other in person and we had a joyous sort of family reunion.
While just passing through. Catching a moment to remember like the fleeting glimpse of a road sign.
“Catch, then, O catch the transient hour; improve each moment as it flies!” ~ St. Jerome