Saturday, October 23, 2010

Between the Coasts

So many people fly from coast to coast and look down on what they assume is nothing.

Having just travelled, as much as possible by backroads, through Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of North Carolina, I am amazed at the number of people living out there in the countryside. Every little town, every bigger town yet not a city, and every country road in between, there are millions of people living out their lives.

Even in this day of sprawling suburbs and coastal megalopoli, there are more people living between the coasts than there are on the coasts. The truth is that the average American is small town and I'm happy to be part of that.

John and I happened to be talking about this subject and he brought up a website of wonderful photos which I think I will append here. These guys flew across the country and back in an old Piper Cub which means that they flew low and slow. As a result, they have a wonderful collection of photos of the country "between the coasts" and, yes, even a few photos of a big city. It just makes me itch to visit places like Zoar, Ohio, just a few miles down the road.

Vintage Flying

1 comment:

  1. Interesting aviation site, Jac. I was surprised to see that the third or fourth photo on the page was of the hanger out at Coolidge Airport, about 30 miles from my house. The hanger is being restored now, not just repainted. Time and termites have taken their toll on what is one of the few big, wooden hangers left from WWII.

    And like you I prefer small town living. "Going to the city" makes me nervous now. I'd like to move to an even smaller town somewhere if I could.