A Quick Glance: Columbia, Missouri

Today it was rainy and overcast in Columbia, Missouri, but in between a grocery and fuel run – we did manage to check Columbia out just a bit!

We’re both tired and run down, but we drove by Stephens Lake Park – so of course, we HAD to stop so I could take some photos! I’m so glad I did!

For one thing, I saw for the very first time ever in real life, a Little Free Library! Well hello Columbia! What a nice way to greet me!

Little Free Library

Stephens Lake Park is a beautiful place. There were people walking, running, and biking, and a few folks were there to walk their dog.

Stephens Lake Park

From the perspective of traveling with a dog, it is an excellent place to go hang out for a bit with Fido (or in our case, Frodo)! The park has a great sidewalk (super handy after a day of rain!), and trash containers never too far from reach. I didn’t notice any doggie-bag stations if they have them, but we always have those with us anyway.

The park not only had trash cans sprinkled about, they also had recycle bins! Lots of them! In fact, I noticed there were also recycle bins at the gas station, as well as clothing donation drop-off bins. Yay Missouri!

In case you are wondering, yes, Stephens Lake Park does in fact, have a Lake! A sign mentioned something about boating and fishing…

Stephens Lake Park_The Lake

What a nifty place to take in the Fall colors!

Stephens Lake Park_More Lake

Just a quite note about the grocery store. I shopped at Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain I have never heard of before and I thought it was important to mention what I found. HEALTHY FOOD! I’m adding those note so I’ll remember, but if any of you out there have dietary restrictions, this store (at least the one in Columbia) had great real food options. So if you are one who cooks from scratch, or reads the label carefully on anything that comes in a package, be sure to check out Hy-Vee, you may find some great snack options!

That’s all from here! We hit the road again tomorrow. Cherrio!

Earth Day 2015 & The Tree Who Lived

Earth-Day-2015

Today I learned…

A tree of ours is healing itself from the outside-in! The tree callus is visible now, where it wasn’t just a few months ago. I never knew trees had self-healing properties, did you?

I look forward to photo-documenting the tree as time marches on so the healing progress will be visible. Every “tree of distinction” near our house has been earning a name, and this one for our reference has been named Harry Potter – the tree with the scar. 🙂

Harry Potter Tree
December 2014

The photograph to the left was taken December 2014, and healing is not yet visible. Click the photo to see it larger…

Now, compare that photo, to the one below, taken today (April 2015). It’s only been a few months, isn’t that amazing!

Trees are wonderful. Happy Earth Day from our tree(s) to yours!

April 2015
April 2015

All photos above were taken in Asheville, North Carolina 2014-2015.

Look Up, Look Down, All Around

Tree Tops
Photo taken December 2014: Winter’s cold spring erases

After six months of living at the edge of a national forest, I would have expected I’d be used to the feeling by now, getting dizzy as I watch the tree tops sway in the wind. Today I realized, I will never get used to it, and to be honest, I’m happy about that. There isn’t a day that goes by when I’m not in awe over my surroundings.

Today we had a little fun with math – which is something I never thought I’d ever hear myself say! We determined the height of one of the trees we look at every day (with a little help). The answer? Seventy-five feet. The trees that surround me every day are 75-85 feet tall.

That just boggles my mind.

* Since it’s Spring it feels odd to post a photo taken this past Winter, but it shows our wondrous trees!