Middle America

California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota are all in the rear view mirror as we settle into our lake home in Minnesota. Our road trip from the west coast took 6 days and we admired the beautifully changing countryside as we headed east.  The moving truck arrived and all has been set into the house – but the house is not ready for us to unpack due to renovations.  So I escape to the beauty of this place and find serenity in nature.

The mornings are spectacular as viewed through our kitchen window.  The large winged pelicans gracefully glide into the water ready to snatch a fish or two as they jump out of the water for bugs.   The great heron stands patiently and turns it’s long elegant neck from side to side like a periscope looking out to the horizon.  The mother duck and her nine ducklings pass under the dock and begin bobbing their heads into the muddy shoreline searching for breakfast.  The day is new and full of promise.  I love the early mornings on the lake!

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Evening with friends

I am blessed with good friends that enjoy travel as much as I do.  While we may have different destinations, it is always enjoyable to get together and share our stories.  Last evening I dined with some good friends to catch up on our lives.  The weather was perfect; calm and near 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  The sunset cast it’s beautiful colors across the lightly clouded sky as we watched from our patio table next to the little lake.  I forget sometimes how wonderful my little corner of the world can be!

One of my friends had just returned from a trip to Puerto Vallarta. She was traveling with a 93 year old woman and two other women in their late 50’s.  She’s in her early 70’s so they made a lively group of senior ladies.  Her stories had me in tears from laughter; it encourages me to know that the desire to travel and experience new things will stay with us throughout our lives.  It’s more important than ever to keep myself healthy to enjoy it!