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Thankfully we opted for the high road

Have you ever made a decision that you weren’t quite sure about? If you are like Norm and I, we don’t believe there is a wrong decision. We make up our mind and then make the decision work for us.

The other day we followed a friend to Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, Ala. We focused on their vehicle in front of us, not particularly paying attention to landmarks. We registered, found our campsite and enjoyed the evening. The next morning, we left at different times. You guessed it. We got lost. Or should I say Norm’s keen sense of direction failed him?

Perhaps lost isn’t the correct word but bottom line, we came to an intersection and we did not know which way we had come in the night before. We made a decision and went straight. We were wrong, we should have turned. The road we took turned out to be the high road; the scenic lookout. Wow! Breathtaking views! It turned out that the wrong decision turned out to be the right one for us that morning. The 10-minute detour was an awesome way to start the day.

When we drive the big rig in unfamiliar area, we are always a bit leery. Will there be a place to turn around if we have to? Is the road wide enough if we meet traffic from the other direction? I tend to worry from the co-pilot seat more than Norm worries about such things, and he is the one driving. In these situations we really try to weigh all of the options before making a decision.

These trips in the RV get us out and about. But because we haul a trailer, we don’t stop very often. I always give Norm a hard time about not taking time to stop and explore the area. I want to be a tourist every once in a while.

This particular morning, once we realized we had taken the wrong road, all of the usual concerns came flying at me, until the vista came into view. Even if we wanted to stop, there wasn’t an area to pull off, but there was no need. Here we were, tourists on top of the world with the cobalt blue lake spread below us. At that moment I was so glad we had taken the wrong road.

To be completely honest, there was one time I regretted the wrong decision! I was running a 5K, took the wrong turn and ended up doing nearly 10K. That decision did not sit well with me.

About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at

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