Of scenic routes & roses / De rosas y carreteras 

Instead of taking the highway, try driving the road less traveled and go on exploring the scenic route. Very likely, you will not regret it.

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Beartooh Path, Montana, June (2008)

(English text follows below) Reza el lugar común que la vida no es un destino sino el viaje per se. Siendo ese el caso, cuál es el apuro en llegar rápido? Para ponerlo con otra expression aún más trillada: ya no nos detenemos a oler las rosas. Porque para oler las rosas hay que salirse de la autopista y manejar por los caminos menos transitados y las carreteras pintorescas. En junio del 2008, como en otras ocasiones, eso fue lo que hicimos. En lugar de tomar la autopista de regreso a Billings (desde los confines del Parque Nacional Yellowstone), enfilamos por el “Beartooh Highway”, una carretera montañosa que sube 3300 metros sobre el nivel del mar y que curvea los paisajes nevados más espectaculares de Estados Unidos, en pleno verano. Si, llegamos al hotel cansados y tres horas más tarde que lo que nos hubiera tomado el camino directo. Pero, señor, valió la pena! *

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“Life is a journey, not the destination” goes the cliché phrase. Being that the case, what’s the rush to arrive at the destination?. To use yet another cliché: we do not take time to smell the roses. And smelling the roses means here to take the highway detour and explore the scenic route. That is what we did back in June 2008, as we did in countless other instances. Instead of taking the highway back to Billings from Yellowstone National Park, we went on exploring the “Beartooth Path”, a mountainous, curvy road that rises almost 11000 ft over the sea level and displays the most spectacular snowy landscapes in the U.S., even in the summertime. Yes, when we hit the hotel, three hours later than we actually should have (had we taken the direct highway),  our bodies were destroyed. But, boy, it was worthy it! *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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