Strange Places
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Notes From the Road

I’m traveling to Massachusetts this week to visit family with my husband, and it’s been quite an experience, going from spending over a year of quarantine and working from home to a road trip crossing several states.

Along the way, we’ve seen beautiful sunsets, foggy mountain landscapes, ominous storm clouds (pictured below), and the infamous cicada brood X splattering our windshield (not pictured.)

I find myself appreciating the strangest things on this trip. While staying in Pennsylvania, our dog had to go out in the middle of the night. As soon as I stepped outside, I realized the entire area was saturated in the sweet scent of cinnamon rolls. I could practically taste the sugary sweetness and cream cheese frosting.

I couldn’t figure out where it could be wafting from, our hotel was just off the highway, next to a Nestle bottling plant. It was surreal, standing in a quiet parking lot with chirping crickets and the smell of desserts swirling around us. It’s nice to get out of the house, I thought.


  1. Hope you had a great trip. I just went outside yesterday evening–it’s been gorgeous here!–and noticed no cicada buzzing. Maybe they’re finished? Or I’ve lost some upper register hearing, hope not.

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  2. Good thing you weren’t in my neck of the woods. The scent would have been Utz potato chips. I’m just back from Maine. The thing that struck me about traveling is that pretty much no one there wore masks. I’m really curious to see what happens with Covid over the next couple of months. I can’t believe what I saw is going to be OK.

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