Iowa: Sunday Funday 2

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20160911_103502Another Sunday Funday is here and I figured there was no better way to kick of the morning than with a cup of joe from Cup of Joe. It was a little pricey, but ha! YOLO (so they say). The ambiance was unbeatable as I sat outside on this crisp cool morn reading “Where’s the Next Shelter?” by Gary Sizer and thoroughly enjoying the warm sensation in my tummy compliments of the steamy liquid in that little orange cup. Still reading that Appalachian Trail book, you ask? I’m not reading it so slowly because it’s boring, but because I’m intentionally soaking every word up trying to savor it in it’s entirety. Have I mentioned what a great book this is? Well, it is! I highly recommend it!

After a relaxing morning, I went on a long ride on parts of the trail I have never seen before. I needed to get out of my Big Woods Lake routine. I love it there so much that I have been going a lot lately. I needed to mix it up! I had a similar start to yesterday’s ride. Several “road blocks” due to the rising waters. It seemed like everywhere I turned the road was submerged. It was mildly annoying and entertainingly fun all at the same time. So I got “lost” so to speak and just explored in every imaginable direction that was above the water line.


Since the road was blocked, I walked over to an interesting tree with the perfect lighting and took a few shots of my Surly. She was in the mood to flaunt her stuff, and why deny her the pleasure because after all, she is a pretty good looking bike. Lol. Actually, it was my fault. After I took a few shots, I remembered this assignment in art school where I had to pick a subject and take 100 different pictures of that one thing. It turned out to be one of my more memorable projects. I would often scurry about my days and not take in my surroundings because it all appeared to be the same each and every day. But I learned a valuable lesson, when you choose to look at things in a new light, it’s amazing what you can open your eyes to.

Here are a few of my 100 photos.









After snapping a few photos of the bike, I went along my merry little way. Here is another section of the park that was entirely closed off. The benefits of this water was that I had the ENTIRE place to myself which was fantastic.


20160911_115844After I found my way back to another section of the trail, I was home free. I ran across some old box cars along the railroad tracks. Some of them were lined up in groups spanning three across. I’m not sure what it is about train tracks, but I do find them quite interesting and visually appealing. Maybe I just watch too much Walking Dead! Enough to know that I should stay away from Terminus. Lol.


A lot of the smaller leaves have started to make their way to the ground already. I am hoping for a beautiful fall, but I’m not sure how the fall colors will be affected by all of the rain and wind. I suppose I will soon find out! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of September! Where does the time go??


Here are a few more photos from today’s adventure.

A visually interesting section of the trail near the Paws dog park.


The loop around Prairie Trail Lake


It doesn’t look like much, but the jaunt up will get your heart pumping!


And last but not least, my favorite shot of the day:

I must have been having a connection with trees today.


After a wonderful day, I came home and relaxed for a bit before becoming ravenous. I felt the craving coming on as my inner carnivore went mad! It was time to hunt down some food. Thankfully, “hunting” in this day in age is as easy as easy as hopping in a car, on a bike, or using your own two legs to wander into any nearby restaurant or grocery store and select whatever it is you so desire. It’s a good thing too, because the idea of killing my own meat is enough to make me consider being a vegetarian. So off I went, a few blocks away to get me a burger. Not just any burger, might I add, but the most AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS burger known to man.  At least in this moment. It was so perfect, it doesn’t even look real! If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend Noble Oaks. It’s kind of fitting that I went here considering trees have been good to me ALL day! Instincts. Sometimes you just have to go with it.

It was everything I dreamed it would be and more.


On the way home, as I walked through the stillness of the vacant park, I was certain that the each and every bench I passed whispered sweet temptations trying to lure me in to the comforts they could so easily provide. I was so20160911_181917 incredibly full after that ginormous burger but I trudged along, slosh, slosh, slosh sang the belly. By the time I made it back home, my eyes were heavy and sweat was dripping from my brow. Sadly, it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Before I was so old and dilapidated, I could have probably thrown a softball through the window from the front porch. But just then, it felt like I had hiked Mount Everest. In my defense, there is a slight incline on the way back. Haha. Anyways, I was moving so slowly that I couldn’t help but notice the web that had formed between my back wheel and the fender. In that moment I realized how much I have been enjoying living so close to everything that I can either walk or ride my bike everywhere I want to go. Each and every day I get closer and closer to being ok with the idea of not having a vehicle at all, an Idea that Eric and I have both pondered from time to time. You never know what can happen with us!


  1. Theresa and Antoinette

    Theresa and I drooled in front of this last picture. You have not lost your touch as a photographer.

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