The Great American Road Trip – and Kansas

For those of you who may have missed it the first time, and feel like traveling from your armchair, here’s the second installment of our great American road trip, from Seattle to Virginia through the heartland, and Kansas!  🙂

See story below!

https://catsandtrailsandgardentales.com/2016/05/12/the-great-american-road-trip-and-kansas/

Hope you enjoy.  

Susanne

Shapes and Colors

Didn’t plan to blog this week but found these wonderful shapes and colors on a sunny morning walk and thought you might enjoy them too!

Susanne

Hooray for Road Trips!

I’ll be taking a break the next week or so and thought it would be a good time to reblog the story of a wonderful road trip we took across the USA a few years ago. For those of you who missed it the first time, Hooray for Road Trips! I hope you come along for the ride! This is the first of 4 parts. ~ Susanne

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Okay, so off I go in a new direction.  Figuratively and literally. And it’s all about the classic American road trip. Yes, we’ve done a few.  In all four corners of this great country of ours.  And across the middle too.  And that is the one I will start with.  This was a while back when my husband had retired and to celebrate we decided to take a trip across the USA in our camper.

Research and planning began in earnest as we considered which places we’d most like to see on this six week adventure. I picked several places and Bob picked out a couple too (although truth be told, he’s all about the driving.)  You will never guess what they were.  No really, you wouldn’t.  Now you have to remember that we are from the Great Northwest and thus are not easily impressed by other places.  Why?  Well…

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Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

It wasn’t easy to choose but for the final Weekly Photo Challenge of the year I give you a few of my favorites from 2017.

I’ll start with sunrise over the Siuslaw River in Florence on the Oregon Coast.

And follow with my two favorite kitties, Benji and Tiger,  green and deep in cat thought.

I’ll move on with my favorite local tree against an unusual cloudy night sky.

And close with this sunset in Maui.

2017 Favorites

It was a good year.

~ Susanne

Patches of Blue

Some days the weather outside matches the weather inside.  Today was cold and dark, with steady rain and gusty winds.  I didn’t feel like it but went out regardless to run some errands.  As I left the last store I noticed the rain had stopped though the wind was chasing the clouds fiercely across the sky.  They raced in glorious shades of white, some like snow, some like wool or pale yellow and gray.  And finally some brilliant, infused with sun, all against increasing blue patches of sky.

I sometimes forget how the clouds only make the sky more beautiful.

~  Susanne

Those Sunny Days of Arizona

I love to retrieve a place again whenever the need arises.  And so as we enter the dark days of winter, it’s time to revisit the land of the Sun, where palm trees reach high into clear blue skies.

And the heat is almost unbearable you think as you walk the trails of the Desert Botanical Garden.

Where desert plants thrive and cacti abound, including my favorite, the saguaro.

These cacti crawl like snakes on the ground.

While this purple variety is pure loveliness.

So is the monarch feeding on desert flowers

And the quail standing coyly among the thorns.

Was it only last month?

~ Susanne

I reached for a towel…

 

and found Benji instead.

Happy Friday from Susanne and Benji!

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