Sunday, April 17, 2016

- Sing to the mountain

Retrospective (5/16/2016)

Patch #108 Driving the Winding Stair in Oauchita National Forest ...



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Terrible weather (severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes) was forecast for the road we originally planned to take home, so we skirted the storms by driving to the east and found beauty all along the way (though not much else, truth be told) ...




A CD purchased at Crystal Bridges provided the perfect soundtrack ...



as the wind buffeted us ...


until we found ourselves at the foot of the Winding Stair ...


which took us through the Ouachita National Forest ...



giving new meaning to hairpin turns ...


Looking back the way we had come ...


little did we know there would be little more to see for virtually every mile left in the journey. Fortunately, traveling at 75 mph (the posted speed limit) on undivided two-lane roads, we finally found our way to a Nacogdoches B&B with nary a thunderclap to be heard ...


May we be as fortunate tomorrow when we drive the final leg of our journey, into the heart of the storm ...



9 comments:

Susan McQuade said...

Blessings for your safe journey home.

Liz Ackert said...

I'm going to try singing to the blackland prairie ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

am traveling With you.....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

am sitting here on the screen at 8:03pm in N Mex looking at the pic of the
B and B room and
how surreal it feels....
looking at this pic
how i FEEL you standing there as you enter this
sleeping room
stand there with your camera, or phone, whatever, but standing there snaping this pic
and then you and Don will haul in you basics for the night and turn those
linens back, stretch out and
SLEEP
to wake, Go Again
what a little movie this created for me about Travel, how disconnected it all is yet so much some kind of Part of the Whole...
last time i traveled i drove from N Mex to Minnesota

Marti said...

Safe home is an expression that I heard spoken when we were in Ireland. Safe home Liz and Don and may your singing ease the way but boy do I wish you could stay put until this storm is over!

deemallon said...

boy, could Texas use a break!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you, one and all.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

oh, the vastness of your land, it is beautiful to behold

Liz Ackert said...

We love its wide open spaces ... and in the first few pictures I was trying to capture something I call cloud quilting, where the sun and the clouds combine to create patches of light and dark. Makes my heart sing every time I see it!