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We've been operating with one car for some time now, almost two months.  Mike's car is just done, even after feeding lots of money into it, and we have plans to sell it for scrap very soon.  With that in mind, we just haven't been getting out very much.  Looking at pictures of hikes has made me feel this very keenly.  When Mike's travels, I can drive wherever I want, but I generally just stay home.  I have to admit that I like the super-predictable days, too.  I think it's time to put Nature Day back into the rotation.

Burke's Garden

We went to Burke's Garden yesterday, arriving mid-afternoon.  It's a short distance as the crow flies, but we don't fly.  So, it's considerably more time to cross over multiple mountains to get there.  The winds were very swift the whole time, probably around 20 mph and more.  Mike and Laurel were not fans of the breezes.  The children were dressed warmly and enjoyed playing outside a bit, but we were all happy about the hot chocolate and soup I brought.


Mike took his time driving all around the big bowl and we really saw the sights (and I cultivated my patience).  We scoped out some places to visit again when the weather warms.  We got snowed on, sunned on, and really took in the whole place.  There are many old farmhouses and I'll admit that I would love to live in such isolation.  On the way home, the sun was orange on the mountains.  No picture could have done it justice.  Grandad liked to see things without leaves on the trees, so this trip was in memory of him. 


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Amy Vh
Jan. 20th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I've been meaning to take our children out to a nearby favorite lake haunt...it has a small waterfall and we've been wondering what is like wearing ice and snow. Soon!
Amy (via MOMYS)
Jan. 20th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful
Thank you! Yes, do it. It makes such a difference. :-) Thanks for stopping by!
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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