Friday, March 15, 2013

You don't have mail

Rural mailboxes

My mailman walks from house to house, where the mailbox is typically a slot that dumps the mail into some sort of receptacle inside the house. I never have to leave the comfort of home to see what I got in today's mail. I think the scarcity of the traditional mailbox in Downey is why I find these rural mailboxes so appealing.

These mailboxes are just outside of Yosemite National Park, where I'm back for my annual winter weekend visit. As colorful as they are, they still look a little sad—none of the flags are up, so there's no mail here waiting to be picked up or delivered.

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