commutemontage Monday Morning Commute

















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.

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8 Responses to Monday Morning Commute

  1. Sara Jane says:

    Lovely pictures.

  2. Hi Michele — What a terrific idea for a photo blog. Very nice! At the beginning of my career I commuted through farm country. It was a long drive, eating two hours out of my day. But it was scenic and relaxing. Later, moving up the dreaded ‘corporate ladder’, my commute was on the Long Island Expressway. It was two hours of bumper-to-bumper hell. That’s when I move to Florida — Here is an idea for your blog. Photoshop the contrasting images with a slight overlap and some shading, like the example at this link: — Paul PS: I’d like to get your e-mail address. Please send a note to the address on this comment.

    • Michele says:

      Thanks Paul! I like your suggestion … in fact I was playing with overlapping photos yesterday, but just to use for the thumbnail. I’ll look at doing that for the main photos as well. Keep the ideas coming!

  3. Your photo of the Blue Ridge Parkway is gorgeous and takes me back to the first camping trip I ever took with my husband (then-new boyfriend) in the Smokies. I’m a new follower to your blog and your post on Karma has convinced me to check-in often! Thanks for the beautiful words and images! I love anyone who has good energy and isn’t afraid to spread it :)

    • Michele says:

      Hi Gretchen, Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you are enjoying this new creative venture. If you have any suggestions for future posts, I’d love to hear them!

  4. kelly says:

    The only good thing about working on the Air Force base was driving over the bay and along the beach for an hour each way. May as well enjoy the drive, it’s not like dreading makes it any shorter!

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