I love road trips, and I love taking pictures of anything broken and left behind. However, despite being a generally assertive person, I rarely stop. If I am alone it’s easier, but if I am with others, it’s harder to ask for the time to explore whatever funky building/store/sign/creature is just waiting for their photo opportunity.
Last week we were on a road trip to Oregon, and I immediately regretted passing the turquoise toilet-planter on our way to Crater Lake. I thought about it for two days and intended to make a pit stop (small pun) on my way out. But our route shifted and the turquoise toilet planter was lost before I discovered if the flowers were plastic or real (I’m guessing plastic, but I wanted to see for myself).
I have driven this stretch of California to Oregon road many times, and on each trip I say, “Oh that would have been a good photo…next time we should stop.” Every time my husband, Steve, says, “Do you want me to stop? We can turn around if you want.” And my Eeyore voice responds, “No, that’s ok…I don’t want to make you wait for me.”
That toilet planter may have not been as great in real life as it was in my imagination. But the fact that I felt regret, even a small amount of it, bugged me. And it kept at me until I changed my mind and my approach. We don’t get many chances to capture whatever it is that catches our fancy. In my case, it’s broken stuff, and this time I asked Steve to stop…eleven times in an eight-hour trip. And it was worth it. I did consider backtracking to get the turquoise planter toilet, but I decided it was best to not push my luck.
All photos by Kim Tackett. 1-2 Ft. Klamath OR, 3-18 Highway 97, OR 19. Weed CA on I-5. 20. Mount Shasta CA on I-5.