I used to drive an hour and 10 minutes from Cocoa Beach to work in Orlando. After 3 years of that, I found a job closer to home, and swore I’d never commute again. So when I landed my current job in Asheville, and Mike and I moved into our former vacation home outside Burnsville, I decided I’d live in Asheville during the week. Four days a week I drive less than ten minutes to my job downtown. It’s not what I’d call a scenic drive.
But on Mondays and Fridays, I do the commute, and I’m loving every minute of it. Each Monday morning, I pack up my car and head out. My preferred route is south on highway 80, to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sometimes I’m in time for the sunrise, sometimes not. Sometimes I see bears, sometimes not. Another route I’ve used when the Parkway is closed, is to continue south on 80, toward Lake Tahoma. The lake is gorgeous in the morning light. I always have a camera and tripod with me, and I stop often to take pictures. But now that it’s Winter, the Parkway is always closed, and the hairpin curves on south 80 can be a little slippery, so I’m resigned to taking the short way … highway 19 to I-26. It’s not a bad drive, but I am so looking forward to Spring when I can again turn what should be a one-hour car ride into a three-hour photo session.