Driving on Two-Lane Highways – It Feels Awesome

As you may or may not know, one of the most therapeutic things for me in life is to drive and I like it very much. I especially love to drive on major Highway/Freeway Arteries, big and small, long and short. When I drive, it is very relaxing to me. I remember when I got my G2 drivers licence, I began driving on highways in Ontario, Canada, especially the Highway 401 going back and forth to Montreal from Toronto, and when I used to go up to my cottage in Tweed, Ontario on Highway 37 which is a two-lane highway in some parts. Then after I got my full G licence, it felt awesome taking control and having that experience to drive all on my own from Montreal to Toronto, which is about a 5 hours drive. I loved it. Listening to the radio/cd’s, Myself, my car and the road. It was so peaceful and incredible.

With that being said, I absolutely love driving on two-lane highways as well. I feel like I am driving out in the country, different lifestyle, seeing farmers, pick-up trucks, old cars, overlooking trees, scenery, farmland, agriculture, fruit and veggie farms, animals, a house or 2 within a few km’s away from each other, followed by passing pick up trucks, big trucks/rigs on opposite side of the highway, then seeing solid lines, then broken lines for cars that are able to pass at that moment, say if there is a very slow moving vehicle in front of you, then quickly merging back into your lane, of course when it is safely to do so. I love road-trips like that, and I have to be the driver, but I am not the one who can stay in a car for more than 8-10 hours. That is my maximum limit. Anymore than that, I would rather fly somewhere.

I know sometimes driving in rural country/county township highways take longer to get to places, depends on where you are going, but it feels incredible to see greenery more and to get up close and personal with nature as you drive along.

Do you usually drive in the family or when you are amongst your friends? Or do you like being a passenger a lot more? I am in the mix between both, but I am the one who likes to usually drive. I cannot sit in a backseat of a car. I feel uncomfortable. I have to either drive or sit in the front.

Do you have a driving memory or story?

The Saffron Spice – A Documentary Watched

I was watching this extremely interesting documentary about the spice Saffron. I never knew how incredibly important this spice really was until I watched it on a special programming. These farmers when they go out to pick Saffron from the purplish flower they get this spice from, I never knew how important it was to them as they have safes to lock it up and some say its they’re life, its they’re livelihood. I couldn’t believe how much of an effect a spice has for people and its the way they make a living. Saffron comes from many countries like Morocco, Spain and other parts of the world. Saffron is extremely difficult to take out from the flower and its a long process from it being harvested and brought to their small villages where later the ladies and men pick them. Now the Saffron flower has a special season where they grow it and it is the most expensive spice in the world to date. The following links actually gives a little more information and description as to what I am talking about. There is just so much information on this beautiful spice that this is a big deal for some people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron

http://www.saffron.com/what.html

Since learning about Saffron, I have a new profound respect and appreciation as I love to learn about interesting things like this and watch educational and wonderful shows that teach people about different things. I try to saturate myself with educational programs, documentaries, how things are made, and things that are worthwhile to watch on TV. I knew what saffron was because when I go to spice shops and supermarkets, they sell them there and they are so expensive and tonight when I watched the documentary, I finally knew the reason why this was such a valuable ingredient and resource of our life. I couldn’t believe how incredible and beautiful it really is. I just hope people around the world appreciate these spices and where it comes from. It is not easy to produce spices and in the same show they spoke about Vanilla as well and I just cannot believe how big of a process it is. We must learn to appreciate the spices we have and look at them closely and think that oh wow, these spices were harvested through hard work and how the earth’s resources are such a valuable thing and some try to preserve them as much as possible. We should be grateful for what we have in our pantries. Now although we may have the powdered kinds of some spices, but in the show I watched on TVO explained the real saffron from a fake and they did experiments from different saffrons from different countries and regions of the world. This was so interesting to me that I have to blog about it today. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before and I want to travel to Spain and Morocco and experience the Saffron harvesting myself and go to the villages and be with people whom take so much pride into it. What a beautiful thing.