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Destination optional

By Jennifer Nemec


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I am not a destinations person.

Some people have five year plans that say things like "make partner in the firm, have second child, discover cure for cancer." Mine looks more like "learn 500 new things, interact (in a positive way) with 500 new people, visit 500 places I've never seen." (Believe me, the proper AgPix Daily Photo Wants listing can get a person close to the 500 new interactions.)  I travel a lot. Not to exotic faraway lands, but to beautiful exotic-sounding places like Fayetteville, Arkansas, Freeburg, Missouri, and Keokuk, Iowa.

I'm a process person.

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While I do get things done (surprisingly, quite a few things), I often get sidetracked in the details on the way to a goal: learning to spin when I can't find exactly the right yarn for a naalbinding project, spending copious time learning about Incan civilization while I'm researching an article on llamas, becoming totally distracted by the baby daffodil blooming in the parking lot, or stopping in Bella Vista (on the way to Fayetteville) to find out just what's so "bella" about their view.

The name for this blog comes from a quote that my mom has as her sig line: Blessed is the Life that finds Joy in the Journey. (I'll spare you all the possible cliches or car company slogans, though I could pull out all my geek stops and quote the Lord of the Rings, "The Road goes ever on and on...") We sometimes spend much more time getting there than we do once we arrive.

This blog will be a repository for those detours. The interesting thing I learn while researching a story, the more in-depth explanation of a scientific principle that just won't fit in a 500-word article, the flower that catches my attention as I drive across town.

Come join me for the ride -- and be sure to let me in on your favorite non-destinations and distractions.

jennifer nemec
8/12/2008 10:20:43 AM

Thanks, Dad! I'll be on the look-out for turtles in my travels! Looks like Hank's already seen a couple: http://www.grit.com/blogs/Box-Turtles-in-Love-and-Liatris-Fields-Forever.aspx?blogid=600 Lvoe, Jenn


jack nemec
8/12/2008 9:53:21 AM

Jenn, Congratulations on your Blog. I am so happy for you and I look forward to reading about your journey's. I hope you get to see a lot of horses, cows, pigs and turtles along the way. Have a wonderful time. Lvoe, DAD


villette
7/17/2008 4:51:25 PM

I thought of this when I read your wonderful words: from "Little Giddings" by T.S. Eliot We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always— A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flame are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one.


hank will_2
7/1/2008 3:07:43 PM

Hey Jenn -- I've been to Keokuk but not Fayetteville. Please tell us more about naalbinding (and other fibrous stuff)some day.


jeanne-marie
7/1/2008 2:34:10 PM

I look forward to reading more about your journey. Life is an adventure. It is important to see the beauty in the dandelions as well as the orchids. Thanks for sharing this with us.


jean teller
7/1/2008 1:50:51 PM

Most of my traveling consists of getting from point A to point B. Not too many detours along the way. I have a funny feeling there are a lot of people who will "regret" not taking more detours - me being one. Enjoy the journeys, Jenn!


jnemec
7/1/2008 1:47:37 PM

Hi Kim, Thanks for your response. I'll be in Fay-town in October, I'll have to check with you then. Though I'm a great plains girl at heart, the ocean and the mountains are also wonderful balm for the spirit. The similarities between watching a calm ocean and a windswept field of wheat always amaze me.


kim_1
7/1/2008 11:53:13 AM

Jenn, I love my drive back into Arkansas. I'm from the Northwest Arkansas area, so I can tell you a few things about the "bella" in BV and the woooo pig in Faytown. I just got back from a trip to Northern California, and I saw awesome views of the Pacific from Carmel-by-the-Sea. Never have I felt so small standing on cliffs and lookouts, admiring the ocean.