I'll let you in on a little secret: when I travel, I don't want to take the interstate. I prefer to take the back roads...to meander...to wander...to enjoy the journey. Fortunately for me, my parents suggested a route to Independence, MO that had minimal interstate travel and maximum 2 lane highway fun. Rural Missouri, at least the part we drove through, is all farm land and orchards. It is pecan country. In fact, we drove past a giant pecan that proclaimed to be the world's largest pecan. This, of course, made me think of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, which I highly recommend. If you haven't read it, you should move it to the top of your reading pile. (Everyone has a pile of books they are waiting to read, right?) I regret that I didn't pull over and take a picture of the world's largest pecan but I wasn't sure how my parents would feel about it, so I skipped it. Next time, I'm just going to do it.
We did stop at a roadside orchard on the way home from Independence. We got some lovely apples (Cameos for me & Jonathons and Cameos for my parents) and I snapped a photo or two.
Roadside apples for the win! So, the next time you are traveling, try taking the back roads to your destination.