Gaining SOME Clarity in the Fog

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"Life is sometimes like driving through the fog.  You just have to figure out how to navigate through it until it's clear again." 

-Carol Williams


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.  

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Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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What a wonderful post, especially tying it back to life. When I started driving in the UK, we had lots of fog, I had a mini and you couldn't see the end of the bonnet, sorry hood and they had short fronts back in those days. So, I totally understand your feeling about driving in fog. And, yes, life can feel like that and it is not a fun feeling, but if you trust yourself and your vision, your personal GPS, you can see where you will end up.

Feb 24, 2019 07:21 AM #26
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I was once in pretty nasty fog on a winding road in Great Falls, VA.    That was long before GPS and cell phones.  Thankfully, I had been down the road so many times, I knew it like the back of my hand.  I  took my time, drove slowly and was so happy when the fog lifted.

Feb 24, 2019 07:22 AM #27
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Sharon Tara
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Wow! As if the fog weren't bad enough...the name Deadman's Pass doesn't help!

The trip sounds terrifying. GPS was a great idea!

Love your analogy to life.

Feb 24, 2019 08:30 AM #28
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Hi Kathy Streib 
I think the "life GPS" is our experience and common sense.  We have to evaluate our circumstances and options and get back on the road, don't we. 

And, thank you so much for including me in your awesome weekly series!  I'm honored to be among the other posts.

Feb 24, 2019 08:46 AM #29
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Hi Will Hamm 
Fog isn't uncommon where I live but this was particularly dense and dangerous. I managed and, oddly, wasn't really scared... just cautious. 

Feb 24, 2019 08:47 AM #30
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Hi Anita Clark 
Life gives us plenty of those "foggy" experiences, doesn't it?  No turning back. Just figure out how best to navigatre through it and keep going! Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings. 

Feb 24, 2019 08:49 AM #31
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Hi Joan Cox 
It doesn't bother me at all to travel alone. I'm a planner but even the best laid plans can go awry.  I just deal with whatever gets thrown my way.  Thanks for stopping by to read about my most recent journey. And, yes, I am home now.

Feb 24, 2019 08:56 AM #32
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS 
Yes, it is the other people that I worry about.  They aren't all as smart as me.  LOL

Feb 24, 2019 08:57 AM #33
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 
I had a plan to slip between the storms, just didn't anticipate that nasty patch of fog.

Feb 24, 2019 09:29 AM #34
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Hi Roy Kelley 
Life gives us lots of opportunities to navigate the fog of life, doesn't it?

Feb 24, 2019 09:30 AM #35
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson 
I don't think of myself as particularly brave but I guess others do.  I am a planner but even the best laid plan can go awry... and you just need to work through it. 

Feb 24, 2019 09:32 AM #36
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Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
I've been to the UK... even driven there and do know what a bonnet is.

Feb 24, 2019 09:33 AM #37
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Hi Chris Ann Cleland 
I find that I lose all perspective of where I am in the fog, even on roads I am very familiar with.  I have driven in fog without the GPS but in this case it was a huge blessing. 

Feb 24, 2019 09:36 AM #38
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Hi Sharon Tara 
Sometimes it's better not to know certain things until after the fact.  LOL

Feb 24, 2019 09:37 AM #39
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I recall one night when I was a teen, driving home from Priest Lake down our County road. No traffic late at night, but could not see the road. I went over to the left side, stuck my head out the window and watched the ditch. Suddenly I realized I had turned on to a side road.

Sometimes the fog takes you where you didn't plan to go!

Feb 24, 2019 01:05 PM #40
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Hi Marte Cliff 
How did you navigate back onto the road if you couldn't see the road?

I almost took an exit instead of staying on the road.  Then I looked down at the GPS which guided me to stay on the road. 

Feb 25, 2019 01:24 PM #41
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Oh my gosh, that is so scary, Carol! I'm so glad you're home safe.

I have a terrible time when it's dark and raining lately - fog is even worse. Smart move turning on the GPS. I'll remember that next time I get caught in the dark rain or fog!

Feb 25, 2019 09:53 PM #42
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 
I think I was too focused to actually be scared.  LOL   Yes, the GPS is great for those dark and rainy nights... or just night driving in general. 

Feb 26, 2019 03:18 AM #43
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Graziella Bruner
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wow and good for you.  Thank GOD for navigation systems. Nothing like stepping into something with your eyes closed (in the fog) and not sure of the way it will turn out.  You just know that you want to make it to your destination and make it safely.  Thanks for sharing.

Feb 27, 2019 03:28 PM #44
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Hi Graziella Bruner 
Sometimes we get into things we didn't know was coming, don't we?  All you can do is work through it. 

Feb 28, 2019 05:54 AM #45
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