On the road again

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I-5 Rest stop, near Oceanside, CA 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Unlike my earlier international travels as part of my day-job, my recent trips are more about a series of local day-trips either driving down to San Diego or up to Los Angeles. Both of these locations, as well as many of the places in between, are interesting as is the journey itself. Admittedly, I really do not need to make any stops between my home studio and my destination, but I am always on the look-out for a reason why.

On my recent trips to San Diego, I have noted a new series of roadside remembrance memorials, which is located on the outskirts of a rest stop on I-5 just before I reach Oceanside. I do not usually make it a practice to visit the various highway rest stops, but as a result of spending some time at the Oceanside location, I beginning to get an idea for another project. So similar to my post yesterday, while I am documenting the roadside memorial, I am also trying to be open and observe what else is occurring around me at these places.

In this case, there are the usually number of cars and trucks making a quick pit stop, but I also notice those few who are on a longer journey and making more of a protracted stop. Since I am just an observer, it is interesting to speculate what might all be going on. I do know that the RV in the photograph above was parked deliberately in the shade as earlier I had noted three dogs lounging adjacent to the RV’s side door.

Who knows, maybe one day I will get the nerve up to strike a conversation and find out more about them.



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