First stop was in Concord at a truck stop to grab a bite to eat. Prices were reasonable and the food was fresh, tasty, and home cooked. After our lunch she stopped at Kalamazoo River and we watched a beaver busily working and then catch the camera shy bug as we grabbed our cameras. I did not get the beaver but here is the river.
I found these lovely yellow flowers among the plants on the outer edge of the river as I searched for the beaver. I don't know what they are, but they put me in the mind of a flower my mother used to call may apples.
I grew up in the country, but while in the military found myself stationed in New York. I often got homesick for the country life I was familiar with while growing up in Michigan. New York was such a huge change from the culture I was used to and I never truly was able to get used to it.
I now live in a small town in Michigan. I own a home with a small city lot so the farther we got from my home the more I had to feast my eyes on. It was like a mini-vacation. No one lived close to anyone else. I hear my neighbors when they argue. I hear loud music from car radios as they drive by. I've had my fence snipped by trespassers who cut through my backyard. Was I still in the same state? :-) It was so quiet!
She actually took me to store that sat next to a clover field. I told her that I had researched red clover and have used it since childhood. She was not aware of its many health benefits so I'll be sharing my link with her. :-) Right next to the field the store management had placed a hitching post for the horses and carriages of customers who shop there.
Next she took me to a beautiful park in Homer which was built near a flour mill. Only about a week ago the mill burned down to the ground. Thankfully the owner got out just before it went up in flames.
On the one side we see torn yellow tape like you would find at a crime scene, and on the other side two bridges, a gazebo, beautiful park grounds and crystal clear bubbling water. I could hear the sound of bull frogs croaking and birds singing. It was like being a million miles away from home. The tranquility and peacefulness washed over the inner me, just like the breeze off the water refreshed me physically.
I hope your day was as lovely as mine. Sometimes we just need to get away. When is the last time you scheduled some “me” time? You deserve it. Take care and God bless.
Thanks, Anne. You’ve given me a day to remember.
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