Toledo Vader

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I bet you never knew that Darth Vader had an evil brother named Toledo, did you? And I also bet you didn’t know that Toledo Vader is so infamous that he has a road named after him. It’s quite true, I assure you. Toledo Vader Road is found right here in Washington, and leads to a town named after him!

I love to travel, and I love to drive. What I really love is to find silly things along the way that helps make the trip less monotonous. I have been known to play every variation of the license plate game you could possibly think of. I look for animals in the clouds as they float across the sky. I make up new lyrics to old songs I’ve heard a million times – and the new words often don’t make any sense at all.

Travel companions have often remarked that I’m fun to ride with. I make the most out of every trip I take, whether it’s just a zip into the supermarket or halfway across the country. I don’t bother trying to work, other than to leave myself voice notes on the iPhone whenever a post idea pops into my head. Instead, I choose to relax and let myself just drift along and have fun. I don’t get to do that very often, so it’s a nice change of pace.

When was the last time you really paid attention to your surroundings as you drove? Sure, you watch what other drivers are doing, read the road signs and obey the traffic signals. But do you take the time to truly absorb what’s around you? How beautiful are those birds flocked alongside the road? Can you see the sun beginning to set in the distance? Are you taking the views around you for granted? Stop it and pay attention!

What fun games and silly things do you do to help pass the time in a car or plane? What are some crazy road or town names that you’ve come across in your travels?

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