The euphoria of encountering a clear beginning on a crisp day is soon to be interrupted by a crossroads, a conspicuous absence of people, vast openness, and the sound of a prop plane overhead. I am not inside of Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film North by Northwest, but a check on Google Earth shows that my current position in Japan is not so different looking west from Garces Highway near Corcoran Rd. in Wasco, California.