04 April 2012

Walking on the Freeway

Ho Chi Minh Sky

Something about an empty freeway gives me this eerie apocalyptic feeling that I just can't shake. When I was much younger, between the ages of 8 and 12 I'd say, a freeway opened up by my house. I grew up in the Bay Area and to think of a time where a freeway wasn't needed is almost impossible to even fathom. But I remember the day before it opened and they let people walk up and down the freeway for about a mile by the entrances. There was even a bookmobile to go visit. 

For some reason when I recall this, I think of how exciting that must have been for me at that age. 

And yet still...

...I can't shake the spooky feeling of isolation and emptiness that comes around when I think of that empty highway.

I'm not sure why...

 
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12 comments:

  1. That is an eerie picture. The combination of an empty section of road and the dark, forbidding clouds make it forboding.

    Nice job.

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    1. Thanks...the dark/light contrast is always creep!

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  2. An empty motorway (freeway) reminds me of "The Walking Dead"...

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  3. Shadows that move in the night creep me out, even if I know what's causing them. I get that 'movement out of the corner of my eye' feeling, like I should be more observant than I am being and it just becomes unsettling.

    Is it just the freeways that freak you out or any road that's empty? Empty roads don't bother me, but I live just outside the middle of nowhere. I'm wondering if it's a country / city thing.

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    1. Yah they don't bother me all the time, but just a road that's usually really crowded that is suddenly empty really freaks me out!

      I'm with you on the shadow thing - that ALWAYS creeps me out.

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  4. I often drive across Florida in the middle of the night and I love empty stretches of road. Eerie, yes, but mine, all mine.

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    1. Oh how fun, though!! Like stretching your legs!

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  5. Spiders! creep the crap out of me.
    Come follow me back please.
    xo
    Isabelle
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm with you on the spiders...makes me skin crawl! I'm checking out your blog now!

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  6. Cockroaches give me the shivers. I wrote about them before, but it never got put into a blog post. I might have to consider that! Thanks for the idea.

    I picked you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Come over and get it.

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  7. Empty back road, at night, with cornfields on either side. I gotta wear a pair of Depends when I drive into the country.

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  8. I don't mind a few stretches of empty highway here and there but during the day light hours. ;)

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