Friday, March 26, 2010

Why I go Outta the Way!

Coming up on our first year I thought I'd share how I started going "Outta the Way." Maybe it was instilled in my head as a child. Some of my earliest memories involve riding around in the back of my dad's pick-up truck (hey, it was the early 80's) with my two older sisters, scouring the back roads of Toad road. I didn't know the stories and the legend about the place, but it was always creepy and certainly strange.

By my teenage years when I was able to hit the open road on my own I would always find myself drawn to the weird and odd places. The more sinister the better. My friends and I would search the rural back roads looking for anything out of the ordinary.

By my 20's I was raising a family and didn't have much time to search the underbellies of society. But as my daughter got older and the bills got higher I found myself drawn back into this odd fascination. Only this time there was no holding back. Seems as my fascination grew so did a lot of other folks. By my late 20's I had discovered quite a bit of information on haunted, historical, abandoned, and odd spots allover. So my girlfriend, my daughter, and myself went out in search. We discovered how much fun as a family we could have without spending much money, if any. Plus my daughter was learning about history (just don't tell her that) even if some was a little odd or macabre.

As I begun to share my stories of travel with others they seemed very interested and intrigued by my adventures. They wanted to know how they could find these places. Quite a few of the spots we visit are often quite rural and difficult to find. My girlfriend instilled into my head the idea of a travel zine. A chance for others who are as disturbed as I am to visit such odd locales. What would I offer? Truth be told a few of the places we visit can be discovered with a bit of research. So what I've done is combined 4-5 locations within a general area for a day full of adventure and mystery. I supply photographs so you know exactly what you're looking for. And most importantly, accurate driving directions to these often difficult to locate oddities. I visit all of these places before anything else.

Here at Outta the Way we focus on showing you the places that are not your normal tourist traps. Some may be of historical note, some a little weird or odd, a few macabre, but all are unique. Most importantly their inexpensive and will keep a smile on your face and your brain on the edge. We feel if you go into these adventures with an open mind you'll find as much enjoyment in these trips as we have.

So get outta the way, we're going Outta the Way!

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