"Life is sometimes like driving through the fog. You just have to figure out how to navigate through it until it's clear again."
Those of you who read the post about My Marathon Trip Home From Arizona are aware of the horrible stretch of fog I encountered over Deadmans Pass in Oregon. I'm sure everyone who drives has encountered fog from time to time. Fog is dangerous. Thick fog can be extremely dangerous.
The fog I encountered over Deadmans Pass coming over the Northwest side of the Blue Mountains in Oregon was extremely dangerous. It was definitely the thickest fog I have ever encountered in my 50 years and hundreds of thousands of miles of driving. And, the fact there were lots of 18-wheel trucks on this roadway made it even more intimidating. Plus, one of the things I didn't mention in my other post is that earlier in the day my right blinker and right brake/tail light went out. You can always tell this when the blinker gives you that super fast blinker sound. Being a Sunday, though, there were no auto shops open so I had no option but to be aware of it and travel on. This became a little more critical during this low visibility situation.
Once you're IN the fog, there is no stopping or turning back. You just have to keep going. I immediately realized turning on my emergency flashers would be a good idea. I also realized by turning on my GPS navigation system I would be able to see the layout of the road ahead of me. Once I did that, I felt so much safer, knowing whether the road was going straight ahead or if the road turned ahead of me. At one point, it showed me a large hairpin turn ahead. That was so helpful to know.
I was very happy to finally come out of the fog and be able to see ahead of me again. Isn't that the way life is sometimes? You come into a period of time when things aren't clear and you have to figure out what to do and just navigate through the challenge? You make the best decisions you can to work your way through whatever situation you're in, eventually coming out the other side grateful for the new-found clarity.
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Warner Robins, GA
Delray Beach, FL
East Brunswick, NJ
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