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Take the road less traveled

May 16, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

There is a poem I like that was written by Robert Frost and it is titled, ''The Road Not Taken.''

I have liked this poem since I was young. It makes me wonder what decision I would make when faced with the same two choices.

I like to drive around and visit places and many times I like to take different routes to the same place. I like to do this simply for the change of scenery or just for the change.

While driving throughout Trumbull County there are places that my wife and I have revisited, some a number of times. I carry a map of the county and of northeast Ohio in my car. I am the type of person who is not afraid of getting lost. If I suddenly realize that I don't know where I am, I will take a turn and keep trying to find my way or stop to look at my map and for one of the roads.

It doesn't matter to me if I am in the city, suburbs or country; finding my way around is no problem. To me it can be an adventure or exploration or a waste of time depending on the circumstances connected with my travel. As Frost said, ''Yet knowing how way leads on to way,'' there is no need to be afraid or concerned. You just pick a way and keep going.

While writing this bimonthly column I have heard from some residents who are surprised at the number of places we have visited. Sometimes their comments are surprising to me because there are so many more places for us to visit. Some of the traveling is done for my work as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Champion and some is spent going and exploring.

Some of you may remember Neil Zurcher and his ''One Tank Trips.'' I would look forward to seeing where he went and what he did. He visited so many unique and interesting places that are right here in Ohio. All you have to do is get up and go.

So what are your plans for exploring Trumbull County this summer? How long has it been since you went to the county fair? What about a concert at Packard? How about going to the art museum? A little walk or bike ride down the Metro Parks trail would be good, too.

There is so much to do around here that I don't think I will get bored. I look forward to the adventure. My time as a columnist is coming to an end. There will be other writers' columns to read, but I would like to encourage you to get out there and explore Trumbull County this summer. Even if you have lived here for a long time, there is probably somewhere you can go and experience and have some fun.

As Robert Frost has said:

''I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.''

Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor. Email him at



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