Aaaah, spring in the country!

It is so gorgeous today.  Sunshine, sixty degrees, but it was foggy this morning, so I grabbed my camera on the way outside to do horse chores.

Afterwards, I found myself driving through our beautiful rural area, taking the 8.9 mile circle route on country roads that we ride sometimes.  I thought it might be fun to share some photos taken along the way.  We’re in Eastern Iowa, and I imagine many of you think of Iowa being flat and covered with corn fields.  Not the case! 

Our part of the world is so lovely, with areas of deeply rolling hills, timber, meandering creeks.  Peaceful, quiet.  Back when we moved out into the country there were just farms and horse ranches out here, but now, there are lovely homes tucked up in the hills and many more horse places, too.

Here’s a little one who just got up from his nap while I was taking pictures.  Look at him yawn.  🙂  Tough life, lazing away the day in the warm sun with his  buddies!

I love taking pictures of barns and the wide open spaces in the country.  Listening to public radio one day, I heard that our population of bats is seriously endangered  not only by White Nose Disease, but by the gradual attrition of our old hip-roofed barns, which offer good sheltering places for bats.  As the old wood barns crumble away and are replaced by metal structures, the bats have fewer nesting places.

As I drove on, I reminisced about all the rides we’ve taken on the horses along these roads, the bike rides (not so easy on gravel!), the boys’ adventures on their trail bikes, and one particular ride when Andy needed a ten mile hike to complete his requirement for a hiking merit badge and the qualifications for a high adventure Boy Scout trip to the Rockies.
The rest of us were on horseback, but Andy had to hike every step of the way.  And he sure wasn’t happy about it, that day!  🙂   But he did finish, and I’m sure he has wonderful memories of that trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

What are some of your favorite outdoors memories?  Trips, camping? hikes?  The water you see here is all part of a creek that runs about a mile from our place.  It’s only a foot or two deep, though it runs all year without fail, and our boys grew up fishing, wading, hiking and inner-tubing  there–a Huck Finn sort of childhood. We went as a family when the kids were young, but I still remember them taking off as  teenagers, with fishing poles tied to their bikes.  They caught and released a lot of  fish there!

Guess I should sign off for now and get to work on my next book proposal.  But it was sure nice to have a chance to enjoy such a warm, sunny day and take some photos along the way!

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2 Responses to Aaaah, spring in the country!

  1. Mara Mittelman says:

    I just wanted to tell you that I always enjoy your books. Thank you for sharing your God given talent with us.

  2. Roxanne says:

    Thank you so much, Mara. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me, when I read your note.

    Best wishes to you for a lovely spring!