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A Note From the Road: Road Trip Oregon - Bridal Veil Falls - Bridal Veil Oregon

Dear Henry,

The drive down the Historic Columbia River Highway was one of my favorite Fall drives.  There are waterfalls all along the road, and, with the Fall colors, everything looks amazing.
This is a road trip I want to repeat soon.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Colorado - The Way - Lakewood Colorado

Dear Henry,

Have you ever wondered about the path you are on?  Is it the right path?  Is there a "right" path?  I wonder sometimes if we should worry about the path we are on.  Maybe, the secret isn't picking the "right" path, but rather, to stay on a path and actually follow it.  Don't just stand there.
What do you think?
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - Fall Daisy - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,
I found this daisy in a Fall Boquet from the grocery store.  It is an amazing looking flower, but I don't think that it is a color found in nature.
But then, most of the plants we use aren't the same as they were originally and I am not referring to the genetic modifications that are done in the lab.  
Through selective breeding and hybridization, we have been altering the plants we use.  I think corn is the best example of this.  No one is entirely sure what the "original" corn was, we just know the various forms it has evolved into.
That being said, I prefer the natural method of altering plants and would rather we stayed within those boundaries,  the laboratory plants kind of scare me.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - Fire Lily, Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,
What are your goals? Do you work on them every day?  I am an excellent goal setter,  I am not always good about following through with the daily grind though.  Goals can seem so far away and often it seems like, after working day after day, you are no closer to obtaining the goal and it becomes easy to quit.
Alas, that is when you want to work harder, (at least according to the highly successful people).  It isn't the challenge that is overwhelming, it is the tediousness and the grind that de-rails goal achievement.  It is, even though it sucks, working on it every single day.
I have started using a planner and have begun blocking out slots that I do nothing else but work on my goals.  I have also begun to rely on alarms to "remind" me that it is time to work, not play.
So far, it is working, inch by inch.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - Fine Print, Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry, I have always associated 'mum's with funerals, so they aren't my favorite flower.
They were also the last flowers I got from Fish.
Years ago, Fish sent me a bouquet, that closely resembled a funeral arrangement.  Attached to this was a card on which Fish had written: "To symbolize our relationship".
I spent the entire day trying to figure out the meaning behind the whole ordeal.
As it turns out, he ordered roses but, at the bottom of the order, was the caveat: "Substitutions May Be Made".
The fine print will get you every time.
I still don't know what the florist was thinking when he/she made that particular substitution.
Fish won't buy flowers anymore, not after that.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - Leaves Turning - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,

I wandered outside this morning and noticed the leaves were just starting to turn.

It is a chilly rainy day too.

And, officially, it is Fall.

Happy Equinox!

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Colorado - Aspen and Pine, Berthoud Pass, Colorado

Fall is tomorrow  Henry!

Time to bring out the pumpkin pie and cornbread.  Oooh and chili! 
 Fall for me is also apple season.  My grandmother made an apple pie to die for, and in the Autumn she used the apples from her tree.  It wasn't a sweet apple pie, but it wasn't one of the granny smith ones either. 
 I miss that pie.  It was something that made fall "fall" (well that and her popcorn balls).
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Colorado - Henry - Idaho Springs, CO

Dear Friends,

One of the most common questions I get is "Who is Henry?"  This, my friends is he.  Henry is a favorite tree and my muse.  He lives near Idaho Springs, Colorado.   I need to take a road trip to see him again soon.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - White Rose - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,

I believe this is my first photo of a white rose in macro. I have come to realize that white really accentuates the appearance of dust, particularly when magnified.  The processing was worth it though, I love how the shot turned out.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Cascades at Pinion Hollow - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry:
I do love the rock in the Ozarks.  The stratification is so thin in some places that it looks fragile.  The rocks also allow moss to grow incredibly well, so they are quite slippery.  Luckily, the water is pretty warm.
Speaking of the water, the color of the water in the Ozarks is another thing I love, it has an almost purplish tinge when captured with long exposure.  

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Pinion Hollow, Bella Vista, Arkansas

We went on a short hike this weekend Henry:
Staying close to home, we just ran over to Lake Ann and Pinion Hollow.   Below the dam, where the water runs out of the spillway, there is a waterfall/set of cascades.
The rocks are wonderfully mossy and have begun to catch the first of the fall leaves.  The landscape is quite "hobbity".
I stayed there quite a while and played in the water.  I think I got some great pictures.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - The Black Dahlia - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry, 
I think the season for my dahlias is about to end. I can't decide if I am sad because they are lovely flowers or relieved, because they, like gladiolus, require support and staking and like to lay sprawling across the garden.   I am definitely going to be more proactive next year with a support system because I love the look of my dramatic flowers.
Speaking of black dahlias - have you read the book The Black Dahlia?  If you are like Noir I highly recommend it.

A Note From the Road: Philosophical Meanderings - Rainy Day Blues - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Another rainy day, Henry, Although it should be clearing up soon. I figured I would take this time to focus on some much-needed home repairs.
I soon realized that would be a nope.  The first problem I ran into was an empty tool bag.  I found a few of them in various places around the house, but, I couldn't find everything I needed.
The next problem I discovered is that the breaker box, which appeared to be so neatly labeled, really isn't. It also isn't easy to get to.  Trying to figure out which breaker controls the master bathroom has now become a two-person job. 

Sigh, maybe I will do the windows?
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Philosophical Meanderings - Hurricanes and Storms - Bella Vista Arkansas

Here I am, waiting on a hurricane  Henry -

Although I suppose Gordon is just a storm now.  I am looking forward to it, I love the storms. 

I say this from someone who hasn't lived through a hurricane, although I wonder, for those who have a good generator, a few weeks of food and water, and zero risk of flooding, enjoy the awesomeness of the storm?  I suspect a little bit.

Gordon is about an hour late though.  I have noticed storms lack any respect for standard timekeeping. I suspect this is because weather science, like so many other sciences, are more educated guesses than fact.

I believe, this time, that I am in a position to just "enjoy the storm" rather than "suffer through the storm", and I am grateful to be able to say so. 

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Philosophical Meanderings - South Boulder Creek Through the Trees - Eldorado Springs, Colorado

Dear Henry,

Someone scoffed yesterday, saying they couldn't possibly live without the mountains and by mountains, she meant the Rockies, because the Rockies are well the Rockies.

I disagree though with the statement.  I love the Ozarks, despite spending my entire life under the shadow of the Rockies.

The Ozarks are cozier, I think.  To be sure there aren't the sweeping vistas that the Rockies provide, but, because the Ozarks weren't caused by uplift, but rather erosion, they are full of wonderful hollows and give one the impression of living in a canyon, all nestled snug in the forest. The vistas of the Rockies are thrilling, but, I loved the canyons more.

I do miss the cold water though.  Here, during the heat of summer, water is very warm and contains none of the crispness of the high mountain streams.  It has been a small sacrifice though and the lack of crowds more than compensates. Plus, the Ozarks have fireflies.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Philosophical Meanderings - Stillness On Spring River.

Dear Henry,

This summer has been one of stillness for me.

Which has been great, I was able to recharge the creativity battery and find some inner peace but it has been odd, and now it is time to end the stillness.

Generally, we seem to flitter around on road trips all summer, but not this year, it was just one this year.

I started thinking about how much time we have been focusing on other things, including Fish's day job and noticed how much we have let our "outside time" slide.

One of Fish's favorite songs is Scare Away the Dark by Passenger.  I think there is some wisdom in that,  Fish and I definitely need to get out into nature more.  Road trip more. It enriches our outlook, our sense of self and our marriage.  There is always time if you make it.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Oklahoma - The Search for the Spooklight - E 50 Rd - Quapaw, Oklahoma.

This Labor Day weekend we stayed close to home Henry, 
I didn't want to fight the crowds and the traffic associated with summer's last hoohaa.  Instead, we went to look for the Ozark Spooklight.  The instructions led us to a small, narrow, road in Oklahoma, rife with no trespassing signs and no real shoulder to speak of.
It was kind of a bummer, we didn't feel comfortable parking, so I don't know if this is a real thing or not.   I was hoping for something kind of haunted, a little spooky,  something to bring in the fall season and begin the preparation for Halloween.  I got pictures of backlit trees instead.
Maybe the next haunted place will pan out.
xoxo a.d.