The Shadows Will Fall

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
— Walt Whitman

The bad news about using this blog as a daily writing exercise is that I don’t always have the time to write every day. For today, here’s a pretty picture from last summer and some good advice from Mr Whitman! Enjoy!

Hiking With Wolves

You never know what you might see when you keep venture out in the world. During a hike at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs last year we saw this tour group walking two wolves.

You read that correctly. Wolves.

There is a nearby sanctuary and they evidently do extra special tours where guests can hike with the animals. The wolves appeared docile, strikingly beautiful and eager to explore.

It’s interesting because I am afraid of or at least intimidated by most dogs but this wasn’t at all troubling. In fact, I badly wanted to pet one. Sadly, we weren’t paying guests so I had to just hike on.

Still, how fantastic is this?

You Can Do It

This is your Monday morning reminder that you can handle whatever life throws your way. No matter how big it may seem.

Now go do it. And if you’re interested in this big place, it’s Ash Cave in Ohio’s Hocking Hills.

Judgment

Look at that judgmental little face. His name is Cinder and he’s one of the little strays my parents took in a couple of years ago. He and his two brothers are spoiled little boys who have trained my parents well.

Oh, if only cats could talk. It would be nice to know what he was thinking!

Cheated

I feel cheated.

It is winter in Ohio and we have yet to see any measurable amount of snow this year. It has been warm and rainy with sunshine mostly on days when I’m at work and unable to get out and enjoy it.

We did have a white Christmas but it didn’t last very long at all. It prettied up the landscape for a few days but now we notice the ugly dead foliage and brown grass more than ever.

This week, the forecast is for highs in the upper thirties and forties with snow showers possible one day. That’s barely cold enough for a jacket – much less my collection of cute winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. I look forward to wearing each year.

Meanwhile, my Wyoming friend has complained that she is shoveling several inches at a time. Maybe we should trade places.

Sigh.

Here’s hoping February will be better.

Note: the photo used here is from last January when Old Man Winter understood the assignment.

Not So National Zoo

Front Royal, Virginia is a charming town in the Shenandoah Valley. I spent a lovely morning there one fall day as I meandered home from a weekend in Winchester.

This mural wasn’t in the best shape but I found it delightful. Called The Not So National Zoo, it was painted by Patricia Hope Windrow. The internet tells me that she was born in London in 1921 and Paris educated.

She painted a number of murals in private homes and public spaces throughout her career. She operated a gallery in Front Royal for a number of years and died in 2013.

Isn’t it delightful?

This is one of the reasons I so enjoy road trips and exploring the side streets of towns big and small. There are interesting things to see and stuff to learn everywhere you go.