WHAT’S MY STORY?
For a guy who loves to move through life with structure, a schedule, and for certain…a plan; I also love to be spontaneous! Sometimes doing something unexpected, unplanned, and completely without serious thought can be…very freeing! Like driving to the beach even though it’s rainy/foggy and not considered to be a typical beach day. Or, like driving to the desert even though you know it will be 100 degrees. You should try it!! Try disconnecting yourself from your media devices long enough to do something you wouldn’t normally even think of doing!
It’s the beginning of “Family Week” at Big Bear Lake, California. And that means a plan has been made, schedules have been noted, and several daily activities are already being eagerly anticipated. But today…for one day, I decided it might be fun to deviate from what we might have usually done in order to take the back roads to Apple Valley. I’d never traveled this road before, but had heard it was filled with history! To say I wasn’t disappointed would be such an understatement!
Relics like this old tractor were common happenings. In fact no sooner had I pulled the car back onto the narrow two-lane road, when my eye would catch another glimpse of history.
A glimpse of history. That’s an interesting way to put it. If you’ve followed my blog for very long then you know that when I see something like this tractor, my mind immediately races to wonder about its story. One day, more than a few years ago, this derelict tractor was no doubt proudly displayed in all of its shiny glory just waiting for the opportunity to prove what it could do in the field! With all the latest “bells” and “whistles” this beauty would perform far beyond any expectations of the new owner. And that new owner…well, he was this person who was bursting his buttons as his family and friends saw for the first time this shiny new addition to the family!
But as time passes, even this newest example of technology would fall victim to “A Time Gone By.”
So, now it sits…all but abandoned along a lonely highway deep in the desert of Apple Valley.
To me, something like this tractor captivates my attention and compels me to wonder…wonder about “A Time Gone By!
By the way, what type of tractor would you guess this to be? I don’t know. Case? Alice Chalmers? International Harvester, or your best guess.
PS: Wait till you see the remnants of an old movie studio I stumbled upon. And, how about an old rusted out tow truck? Oh, and how about Roy Rogers House!!! Once the proud set for the early television series from the ’50’s, the house now stands in ruins high on a hill seemingly far removed from the glamour it once enjoyed!
Yeah, it’s “A Time Gone By” and this journey was filled with all its history!