I often find myself on the interstate because it’s the quickest way to get from point A to point B. I can cruise along at 70 miles per hour on the interstate, which is preferable when I need to arrive at a destination within a certain time. However, sometimes change is good. On Sunday, when I left home to travel to the Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University, I decided to skip the interstate in favor of a different route. While this route took a bit longer, it was much more scenic and relaxing. I cruised through small towns, passed a variety of historic sites, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah Valley. Sometimes, I had to slow to 30 miles per hour and I was occasionally stuck behind slow-moving traffic, but I avoided the stress that typically occurs when traveling on Interstate 81. I arrived in Winchester relaxed and ready for a great week of learning. I enjoyed the trip so much that when it’s time to leave on Friday, I think that I’ll just cruise on down Route 11 again.