The Beauty of a Walk

The Green River near Rock Springs, Wyoming

There are few things in life that can create a peaceful heart, lift one’s spirits, and make one feel connected to something greater than themselves. For me, it is taking a walk in nature.

As I travel this vast land of America, I have found a sense of peace in the beauty of our National Parks, National Forests, State and City Parks, desert trails and mountain overlooks, city streets and county fairgrounds, private property and public lands. Sometimes a natural setting is not available to me, and I am obliged to see the beauty in artful man-made structures that often mimic nature. A walk through a small town can surprise and inspire me to dig deeper into the local culture, and to even see beauty in the mundane.

This month’s blog is a photo journey of interesting things that I have seen while on my daily 4 mile walks. As usual, there are lots of photos of my trusty companion, Gemini, who loves to explore as much as I do.

Gemini in shavasana (resting pose) after a walk and yoga session- Notice his empty dog bed in the background

On the left is a deer that lives in the campground at Poole Knobs Recreation Area in LaVergne, Tennessee. Poole Knobs is an old Corp of Engineers park built on J. Percy Priest Lake south of Nashville. The Big Horn Sheep on the right pauses for a photo op in the Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Ganoderma applanatum is a class of fungi that is used as a medicinal in Chinese medicine but is also used to etch or paint on it’s tough rubbery surface. They are found on dead and dying hardwood trees during all seasons of the year. More information can be found at themushroomforager.com

Extensive Beaver dam in Park City, Utah

On the left: A statue of Sacagawea stands above the Missouri River at a rest area off of I-90 Eastbound between Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was instrumental in the charting of the the Louisiana territory with the Louis and Clark Expedition.

Middle Picture: I was surprised to come upon a percussion park being created in the park next to the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota (eh?). Percussion parks are popping up all over the world as a way of engaging communities to connect, celebrate music and spark creativity.

On the Right: A Labyrinth is at the center of the downtown Sculpture Park in Ely, Nevada. The large sculpture on the right represents Ore tipples use to load ore from the local copper mines, and to the left are stylized mountains signifying the Basin and Range areas surrounding Ely.

Gemini meets a real Cowboy on the streets of Ely, Nevada

Trains played an important role in the western expansion and growth of industries like mining. Caliente, Nevada was once a thriving Union Pacific railroad town but because of the change to diesel engines from steam locomotives. It still maintains it’s connection with the past with a museum located in the refurbished railway depot.

Even a rest stop along busy I-90 in Wisconsin can be a lovely place to stretch your legs and enjoy a prairie garden.

These last 2 photos have nothing to do with walking but I found them to be interesting and fun and wanted to share them.

Gemini waits patiently at the bottom of the stairs at my sister’s house in Bloomington, Indiana
Licia and Dick’s dog, Maya wants to do a ride along in the RV. Gemini is not sure about that!

THAT’S IT FOR THIS TIME. STAY SAFE, WEAR YOUR MASK AND DON’T FORGET TO “GO WITH THE FLO”

5 thoughts on “The Beauty of a Walk

  1. As always, I dropped everything and read your blog as soon as I saw it. Love, love, love the pics and information. If you were in Rhinelander, WI you weren’t too far from where I lived while in WI. I lived in Stevens Point, right in the middle of the state and then in the “suburbs” of an itty-bitty town of Milladore. Loved WI and almost cried when I sold my cross-country skis and snowmobiles!
    Keep the pics, info and adventures comin’. Hugs to your faithful companion, Gemini.

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  2. beautiful pics! i especially like gemini waiting at the bottom of catheys stairs. and
    licias etching on the mushroom, omg, what talent!

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  3. Hi, Miss ya! I am moving to Florida next month. Keep me updated!

    On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 10:16 AM Go with the Flo: RV Adventures wrote:

    > growiththeflo2019 posted: ” The Green River near Rock Springs, Wyoming > There are few things in life that can create a peaceful heart, lift one’s > spirits, and make one feel connected to something greater than themselves. > For me, it is taking a walk in nature. As I travel thi” >

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  4. You were so close to us when you were in Blue Earth Mn. We are 9 miles north of there. We are building a small 24×24 cabin at the Dahlstrom Farm. Stay Safe we will send picture of our non-electric washing machine 😘

    On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 9:16 AM Go with the Flo: RV Adventures wrote:

    > growiththeflo2019 posted: ” The Green River near Rock Springs, Wyoming > There are few things in life that can create a peaceful heart, lift one’s > spirits, and make one feel connected to something greater than themselves. > For me, it is taking a walk in nature. As I travel thi” >

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  5. I felt like I was taking a walk with you. You have a great eye for photographing your environment. I also like how you show us your travels from Gemini’s perspective! You’ve had such amazing adventures in your first year on the road.

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