A Perfect Day For A Drive

I love to drive. Love it. Crank up the tunes, or occasionally a podcast, and let my mind go. Alone with my thoughts, alone with God, alone to laugh or cry or plan or sing at the top of my lungs. (Oh yea ~ that definitely happens).

Today I made the four-hour drive home from my parents’ house, and it was a completely beautiful day, so I whipped out the camera phone and snapped a few pictures of my favorite parts of the drive.

Not to worry, I deleted many more than I kept because my eyes were on the road!!

Landscape

The landscape on the western side of Wisconsin is beautiful; all hills and valleys.

Through The Bluffs

And then every once in awhile, I get to drive right through the bluff. Stunning.

After about 40 minutes, the interstate breaks; I keep going on my way home, but I always think of my sister because that’s the way to her house!

Through The Bluffs Again

More driving through the bluffs. Even after 8 years, it’s hard for me to believe that this is seriously Wisconsin.

Bluff-Scape

Seriously. I get to see this. Every time.

Mauston Exit

An hour into the drive, I’m done with the interstate. Straight would take me to my friend Sarah’s house, which is another happy thought!

Woodside Ranch

This is my favorite. Woodside Ranch. The highway literally runs through the ranch, which houses horse trails and beautiful rustic cabins in the woods on one side, and hundreds of horses and buffalo on the other. After several years of driving through, Terry surprised me with a long weekend here!! It definitely lived up to everything I had always imagined, and now driving through means wonderful memories every time.

Woodside Ranch Cabins

See the cabin towards the bottom left of the photo? The cabin that we stayed in, aptly named Memories, is that dark space just up and to the right. Seriously. Such great memories. I loved that trip.

Approaching the WI River

Crossing the Wisconsin River is definitely a highlight for me.

Wisconsin River

Stunning.

Ice Fishing

My drive curves around this beautiful little lake; you can see a truck and some ice fishermen out there! I saw quite a few people out enjoying the winter weather on the lakes today.

Train

I saw two trains today! Trains rolling through the countryside speak nostalgia to me…

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As I traverse across the middle of Wisconsin, the landscape takes a turn towards hugely forested.

Montello

Although my Dad assures me that I’m quite wrong, in my mind Montello always signals the halfway point of my drive!

Montello Waterfalls

I do not know the story here. I do know that when you drive through Montello, you see waterfalls. And sometimes, those waterfalls are frozen.

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Part of my drive carries me along this beautiful, sparkling river.

Smalltown, USA

This tiny downtown is actually not on my main highway home. I usually use it if I want to try to bypass a semi! Isn’t it adorable though? Terry and I ate lunch once in the restaurant in the very front left of the picture.

Farmscape

I. Love. Wisconsin. Farms.

I love this drive, and on a beautiful sunny day, it was perfect.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 19:1

Summer Unscripted

I had many, many things planned for this summer. And I cannot tell a lie: most of those things did not happen.

What was completely unexpected? My hiatus from blogging!

At first, the break really stressed me out. Why couldn’t I get my words out? What kind of hole of darkness was I falling into? The funny thing is, the not writing turned out to be exactly what I needed.

This summer has been arguably the best of my life. I’ve learned so much about me, and grown so very much. It’s been a process, and it turns out there was just nothing to say in the middle of the process.

I’m so excited to get so much of this written, out of my mind and organized and publicized. In the meantime, here are some scenes of my summer, a little bit of what’s going on. When I scroll through these pictures, I see a collection of impactful moments, journeys, processes, connections; I hope that you enjoy living some of my summer vicariously!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Plate Day

Today, an article came to my inbox from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) that I wanted to quickly share!

The article, a news release from the USDA, announces that tomorrow has been declared “What’s On My Plate Day” in conjunction with the newer My Plate model.

The part I found the most exciting is that the goal of this day seems to be a social media blitz, utilizing the different sites to raise awareness and share pictures.  To participate, people will be uploading photos of their plates all day to show the food choices they are making.  Twitter in particular seems the place to be tomorrow, uploading your photos and joining in the conversation with #myplate; even if you don’t share any photos, you can still follow along!

Ultimately, the goal of the day is to raise nationwide awareness about food choices, and to encourage people to “enjoy their food, but eat less”.  Personally, I’m excited to see all the food-tastic pictures!!

Are you going to participate?  What will be on your plate?

Scenes of Winter: Point Beach

I think I’ve mentioned more times than I can count by now that I love to drive out to Point Beach State Park.  It’s about a twenty minute drive from town, and yet it feels like an escape to somewhere much further.  Today was no exception; my photo shoot went pretty quick, and I wasn’t quite ready to hit the books, so I headed out for a brief respite.  With camera conveniently on hand, I had a chance to capture a few views through my lens.