Parking in the vast park near Freeport, PA for our soccer game, I was struck by the truck nearest us. We'd brought the same number of people, same amount of gear-- and probably from a further distance. And with more speed and fun (there were a lot of traffic lights and curvy roads between home and the park!) I can't imagine being excited about a thirsty and clumsy truck. Although, I'll grant you, we'd be hard pressed to haul a load of mulch in the Tesla...
After the soccer game, we headed back towards home and I remembered a landmark that tipped off the location of the gas pump graveyard so we could swoop in before the sun set completely.
Unfortunately, when I left the house I'd fit my DSLR with a large 300mm zoom lens for the soccer game and now I had to hike down the road to the next zip code just to fit the car in the camera frame! This was the widest picture I could get-- and probably shows about a third of the pumps that were there. Lesson learned, always bring the wide angle lens... just in case.
As I was moving around taking pictures the owner of the adjoining gas station drove over in his pickup truck and blocked our exit. I braced for a lecture on trespassing statutes (though you can see from the video above how close to the road these pumps are) and put on my widest smile. I was relieved to see his face was merely curious and not irritated. With amused suspicion in his voice he asked "What are yinz doing?"
As politely and innocently as I could muster, I said "Just taking some pictures." He kind of cocked his head and was chambering a follow-up question when I continued my explanation. "The car is electric and parking it in front of the scrapped gas pumps seems pretty funny to me."
Now the property owner's face brightened into a wide grin. "Ohh.....I get it. We saw you pull in and we wondered why anyone would..." "No, no... no problem, I understand," I assured him.
Indeed, sir. I truly hope so.
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