Friday Frivolity: Point of View

Seems that most any subject, scene or site has at least two viewpoints.  In many instances, the number of viewpoints is exactly the same as people in the conversation.  Even when it is only Sue and I observing a single sign, she sees it differently than I do.

During one of our recent ventures was to see a particular lighthouse.  Due to the Pacific Ocean and Sue’s aversion to anything larger than a rowboat, we had to approach by land.  Admittedly, some of the waterfalls and lighthouses we’ve journeyed to see have been “remote”.  That is, we travel dirt roads to see rarely visited scenic points of view.

Being strangers to Oregon, we had only our GPS to guide us to this lighthouse.  The GPS seemed reasonable until it directed us to make a left turn.  At the left was a sign: Private Drive.  Sue viewed that sign to mean the GPS was faulty and that a U-turn was in order.  My view was it meant the GPS-advised right turn was further down the road—as in, take a right at the fork in the road we were on, then I presumed the road would jog left toward the Pacific Ocean.

Soon after turning right, (Okay, so it wasn’t actually a “fork” in the road), the road narrowed…then became dirt…then angled to the left…finally becoming just a driveway.  After passing through bushes brushing the sides of our car, I could not see any reason to proceed.

Needless to say, Sue’s point of view reached that conclusion 2 miles back.  The driveway abruptly ended in the lawn (Okay, treeless field) of an abandoned building.  Certainly, it was not the lighthouse.  Actually, thinking back, I don’t recall seeing electrical power lines or even a two-track right-of-way to the building.

Driving in reverse via mirrors and a rear-view dash screen is tricky.  Sue pointed out the obvious.  Even if the rear viewpoint seemed to be on the road, Sue view-pointed out the driver-side mirror, door handle and probably chrome strip were harvesting raspberries—including large strands of vine.

Eventually I did find a driveway to back into and turn around.  In backtracking, by chance not GPS, we did eventually find the lighthouse.  We had a similar road trip to a waterfall in Idaho.  Well, at least we started the journey in Idaho.  For this excursion we used both GPS and a description from a travel guide book.

This time the directions first guided us to a particular “town” on an Idaho State numbered route.  You can’t possibly get lost on a “numbered highway”.  We were seeking the dot on the map which indicated “Nordman”.  As we passed the only building in the last 40 miles…a restaurant… the GPS announced we should make left turn in 100 feet.  Twenty-five yards after turning was a sign “NORDMAN”.  It was pointing left.  I did not turn.

I really don’t care how many people would read that sign, only Power Company vehicles would turn left.  Yes, there was a two-track.  Actually, from my point of view, there weren’t any vehicular tracks recently.  It was a “utility right-of-way”.

We went back to the restaurant.  They proudly announced that we had indeed reached Nordman.  We now had no GPS to assist. No hand held directions available.  Just the authoritative information from the apron clad concierge: Just keep going north on 57.

Several miles up the road we came upon a sign…”WASH”.  I was astounded.  We had not been traveling on any dirt roads except for the 25 yards up the wrong road and in the parking lot, yet this sign intuitively noted the raspberry mottling of our white vehicle.  We did keep going on 57 and eventually found the waterfalls

Returning from the falls, we came upon the vertical sign which had advised we needed a “WASH”.  Ah, but the south-bound viewpoint was significantly different.  It clearly declared “IDAHO”.

And that’s the way it was twisting through the Rockies—maybe some of the time on the same path as Martin & Lewis.  No, Kimberly & Clark.  Ah, no, no, no.  I got it now…Lewis Carroll and Clark Kent.  It all depends on your point of view.

2 thoughts on “Friday Frivolity: Point of View

  1. You didn’t indicate if the GPS was part of the car or was it by cell phone?
    If part of the car, was the software up to date? If by cell phone then it would have the latest directions and be able to tell when you make a wrong turn.


    1. So, you want the truth? Both. The catch was the land owners along the road apparently had enough “pull” to close the “left turn” which two GPS systems (Sues phone and my iPad plus Sue printed directions advised. We were in a rented vehicle with GMs system, but did not use it.

      In the end, we did find the lighthouse…with a “new” entrance road. But that would have been anticlimactic to tell.


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