The middle of summer is a traditional time for summer vacation. Within those days of free time, it’s almost inevitable that there will be some road trips. Rather than just speeding through from point A to point B, there are intriguing clues to life now and in the past — if one takes the time to stop in small-town middle America and look closely.

Brick streets, pioneer fence posts made from stone (because there were few trees) and carefully cultivated wildflower gardens are worth more than a fleeting glance from a car window.

Also, baseball games are underway anywhere you go. America’s pastime, after all. Evening thunderstorms popping up are better than a Fourth of July fireworks show. Meanwhile, old cars both pampered and abandoned dot the landscape.

After nearly road trippin’ 2,000 miles across five states, it was good to be back to Norman’s arts, music and home.

Doug Hill earned a double-major undergraduate degree in English and East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas and a master's in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. He's been a freelance journalist and photographer in central Oklahoma since 1997.
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