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Old 11-10-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Yesterday, when I was coming back from camping, I passed an intersecting highway and remembered how I had been on that road ......but only once, but I couldn't remember when.

It couldn't have been last year's camping trip because I was one the same return path as before. Nor do I pass through that town that often and if I do, then it is not often alone. As it was yesterday, I couldn't even remember the car I had been driving.

Getting back home and looking at the map, of where that road came from, I concluded it must have been around 1996 or so when I was dropping Christmas presents off to a friend. Picked them up at the family house, traveled the usual route I had done oh so often during college, dropped them off at an office, took that different road to intersect a path home.

1996? Wow, that was almost 20 years ago. I don't know which is odder, how the time has flown from a travel memory that seems rather fresh at the intersect point......or how we remember such isolated landmarks.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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I have a keen, but sometimes odd, sense of direction and geography that at times makes certain locations more memorable than others. Like if I had an amazing time at one place I remember where it is and how to get there more than I would a place that's more mundane. Is that sort of what you're describing?
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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As it was, this highway intersection was pretty mundane and when it comes down to it, I only remember the intersection, not traveling along that road.

Now, 30-35 years ago, I did do a lot of traveling on that "major" highway I was on, at least part of the route the other day. Always trying to find a shorter, faster route between home and school......and there really wasn't. And now that I look at mapquest, it occurs to me that I past the entrance to that "short cut" on Sunday, went through those quaint little towns, without a thought, didn't know I did it.

Of course, a lot of adventures of life, good and bad, occurred after those short cuts, so may be they just got lost in that memory clutter. Further, while I am no fan of long drives (and yet, I live in Texas), these days I am not as much in a rush, so perhaps remembering where the short cuts were is not as important now.
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