Tuesday, January 10, 2012

So Nice
















This boardwalk stretches across a hillside offering many a chance to get out and enjoy an easy walk or perhaps a ride. There are a few tables along the way to enjoy a snack, rest, or have a lovely meal.


 This is an original section of the Lincoln Highway, a first attempt to help us cross our nation.



A lovely breeze ruffled through her hair as she became lost in her thoughts gazing across the prairie. She stood in the warmth of the sun and enjoyed being in the warm of the January morning. It was so different form the same time last year, where layers were needed and still the wind penetrated through. In the distance she heard a kissing sound and off she ran toward the pleasant sound she always looked forward to hear. He stood tall among the grasses and as she approached a smile began spreading across his face. She jumped into his arms and their happiness soared out across the lands, carried by the wind and shared with all who could feel this spirit.

What a lovely day to share together, the unusual warm weather made it hard to stay inside. He sat the little dog down and continued up the grade, hoping to reach the top of the hill soon. He laughed thinking how last year his dog got stuck trying to lead the way, and soon traveled in the path he made walking through the deep snow. They came upon a doe that held her ground, unable to turn very fast being on the steep incline. He had to call the brave dog, telling her to stay with him rather than chasing after this much larger friend. It was hard but she remained at his side, wishing to head off in pursuit. Onward and upward they continued, until reaching the crest of this huge hill. The beauty spread in every direction and it was hard to decide which direction to travel. He gazed off looking for some semblance of the trail they had followed and saw where it maybe came down from the hills about one half mile away. They walked along, a nosey dog investigating numerous digs into the hillside. He wondered if it were a fox or coyote, and soon saw the tell-tale track on a fresh dig, telling him it was a fox. He found a still fresh gopher kill; perhaps this hunter was close and had dropped its prey wanting to keep distance between them. He felt bad to have startled this prairie resident, and hoped it would remember where it had dropped its fat meal. Looking back behind them he relished having found such a beautiful spot on such a lovely day.

17 comments:

  1. Hi There, That boardwalk is super... More people (especially older people) would get out and walk if there were more boardwalks or paths like that (with places to sit along the way)...

    Great winter pictures, Steve. I love winter --and love hiking and walking in winter.
    Betsy

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  2. Sounds like the perfect day to be out and about.

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  3. The story tells of a nice outing enjoyed by a man and his dog. It touches me on many levels. I really enjoyed the pictures of winter trees. I like winter trees almost as much as a full tree with leaves swaying in the wind.

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  4. Such a beautiful area for you and Lily to explore. I'm already looking forward to springtime photos of the same scenes.

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  5. A lovely story to go w/ your photographs!

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  6. it looks like it was a perfect day to be out exploring.

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  7. I really like that boardwalk. I'm always a sucker for them. I hope I find something like that around here.

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  8. I loved this walk you and Lily took us on, just like being there.

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  9. Beautiful first picture, Steve. I hope you are staying warm on your walks in the woods. Hugs to Lily!

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  10. Reading the story and the mention of the little dog, Steve, made me think of Lily. Looks like you had a nice day for an outing.

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  11. Ahhh, the long shadows of Winter...and look at that road shot! Neat!
    hughugs

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  12. Love the heart shape. It's going to be beautiful in summer as it's so pretty now.

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  13. Love the boardwalk!
    That was a beautiful sunny winter day! Must have been a great day out! Nice Pictures!
    Greetings
    Yvonne & Raphael

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  14. Sounds like you had a lovely outing. I'm off to google the Lincoln Hwy. And the photo of the lone tree reminded me of LA in the winter.

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  15. What a beautiful place to walk, and loved the little story snippets!

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  16. It's a welcoming path, isn't it, the boardwalk?

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