"Quit hanging on to the handrails... Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it everyday"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

South Dakota Ramble Quick Peek

South Dakota was absolutely beautiful!!!  I have been to a lot of places in the USA and SD ranks right up there with some of my most beautiful places I've traveled, at least western SD.  I mean how beautiful is this.....
Custer State Park
 There's those fabulous rolling hills, that are so different from the rolling hills of the southern Missouri Oazrks or Appalachia, yet still fabulous in its own right.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup

creamy tomato soup
I don't normally blog about recipes on here, but for purely selfish reasons I wanted a place where I could have this recipe down somewhere so I could pin it for later.  Especially since this is a concoction of a few different recipes and my own experimentation.  Its best to get those down before one forgets. 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Photo Friday - Simplicity is Sometimes Best

This was one of those random photos I took just because I wanted to.  I wanted to challenge myself to take a simple picture with a somewhat recognizable background.  Although the blur is a little too much for what I wanted, I still thought it was neat how this sunflower looked against the background of the Badlands. 
We had been walking and hopping around on the rocks in the National Park when I spotted several of these guys growing.  I had to look around for awhile to just find a few grouped together and not a whole bunch. It then took another several tries to get just the one for the picture that I was envisioning in my head.  I did play around with some filters to give it this kind of more earthy feel to it.  Do you ever challenge yourself to take a certain picture?
To see more of my photography you can visit my website here.  This is also part of Outdoor Wednesday.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blast into the Past at Jewel Cave

I don't necessarily seek out caves when I go to places.  I don't dislike caves, in fact I find them rather fascinating, I just don't search them out.  I do though LOVE and search out National Parks whenever and wherever I am.  We were on our way to Wind Cave National Park when we stumbled upon this jewel(pun totally intended) of the National Parks system.  Jewel Cave National Monument.  I'm not quite sure why it is a National Monument, but it was the surprise delight of our trip to South Dakota.
jewel cave sign

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Friday, August 9, 2013

South Dakota Ramble Overview

I'm sitting here at my laptop in the middle of my kitchen staring at my half packed bags and running through my head all that I still need to do before we leave for our road trip.  And instead of actually getting the stuff done I'm blogging haha.  It's kind of soothing really, writing it all down.  That's part of why I do blog, but I have soooo much to get done.  On top of everything I am photographing a friend's wedding tomorrow morning before we leave and I want to do a great job for her.  So I stress.  Can anybody else relate?

I am soooo looking forward to our trip.  I really do LOVE road tripping with my family and I am so excited to be getting away from everything.  I had our trip mapped out, but already a portion of it has changed.  No matter here is the route pre change.  Most of it is the same, except for M to N on the route and I might be adding a stop in Wyoming onto the route.
South Dakota Ramble route

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kayaking Anyone.....

I finally did it!!  Yay!  I have only been talking about learning to kayak since before summer began.  Life it seems just kept getting in the way in June and then it was really hot around these parts in July.  I really didn't want to kayak in 90 plus degree heat, call me crazy.  But finally I got a chance to yesterday and I was able to bring my son with me to enjoy it with me down near Troy Missouri.  Guess what?  We both LOVED it!!  My son was quite adept at it.  This was my view most of the afternoon.
cuivre park 2
I was wanting to do leisurely, my son was not so interested in leisure.  He wanted to explore!  I wonder who he takes after haha?

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Butterfly

As part of a summer photo scavenger hunt from Go Explore Nature this is my photo of the week, taken the other day at a local state park.
I found this beauty while hiking a local state park.  I had been looking for something to photograph as I was walking.  This guy was actually in front of the concession stand where they had a small but pretty wildflower garden.  I just thought the blue coloring was beautiful.  He is blue throughout the back of him as well.  There were several of these kinds of butterflies flitting around the flowers.

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