Winter collage

Winter collage

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"R" Is For Rejuvenate

Two weeks ago we were in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Negaunee) at a skeet shooting event.
Being at a testosterone-laden gun club for 4 days, finding a little "girl" time can be a challenge! Over the years, our numbers have shrunk and there are only a handful of skeet wives who travel with the husbands from event to event. There are a few of us "old timers" and it is always fun to catch up with each other and share some laughs over a glass of wine or Amaretto Slush. This year, I made a point to also go for a walk by myself, every morning. The gun club is somewhat off the beaten path and is surrounded by wooded and winding lanes. 
With my iPod set to some walking music and my earphones muffling the sounds of shot guns going off, I would head out in the coolness of the new morning.
Breathing in the fresh air and feeling the warming sun on my back, it felt good to stretch the legs, clear the mind of nighttime fuzziness and empty cluttered thoughts. 

Along the way, there were some discoveries...fresh deer prints in the sandy shoulder of the uneven road...a cast off winter stocking cap, even a few drink containers someone thoughtlessly tossed from a passing car window. I also found inspiration and things that brought a smile...little curving paths that led to someone's hidden cottage...

A simple mailbox that has been personalized with a painted northwoods theme...
Someone offers free housing for little feathered visitors...bed and breakfast?
And a rustic driveway marker - company is probably told to look for the old pressed back chair to know they have arrived at the right turn...

As I head back to gun club, my feet feel lighter, the heartbeat has settled down and the mind & soul have been rejuvenated - refreshed and renewed...all from a simple walk along a country lane.


Wishing each of you days of rejuvenation and don't forget to visit all the other "R" postings over at Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday.


Pat

18 comments:

jocodeane said...

Thank you for the nice walk, with all the cute mail/bird boxes.
You don't fancy shooting yourself?
Is this what I know as clay-pigeon shooting?

EG Wow said...

I think you were very wise to take that walk. Clearly it rejuvenated your spirit.

ellen b said...

Pat! That's my kind of walking. Love the images you shot!

Teresa said...

This looks like a beautiful place for a rejuvenating walk.

Annesphamily said...

What a fun walk that was! Away from all the noise and gunfire! Great idea! I like the photos you are showing us! Anne

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Sounds like a peaceful walk. Love the little bed and breakfast!

Pondside said...

I like the sound of that walk, Pat. I just know I'd love to take a walk with you and chat about this and that.

Pomona said...

What a lovely walk - I just love all the roadside installations!

Pomona x

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a pretty place to walk!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Walking does that for me also! I love to walk along this little trail near my house that runs along the river...

It restores my spirit...

JCnNC said...

That little bird bed and breakfast was too cut. I love nature and truly appreciate you taking us along on your walk today. Yes, I do feel refreshed. Judy C in NC sends best wishes

Sue said...

Loved the pictures and feeling like I was walking right with you down that country lane...

=)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

It would be fun to take trips like that and also meet up with the other wives. & Sounds like the perfect place to get rejuvenated! These photos look like they could be taken in my dad's "neck of the woods!" He lives here in Eagle River which is not far from the UP!

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you dear friend for your sweet comments! And I can't wait to see how you chose to mat and frame Mr. Outback's artwork.

Theresa Plas said...

Rejuvenation is a good thing!

Judie said...

Jocodeane's comment is exactly what I would have written, if she hadn't written it first!!!

Friko said...

That's exactly what it takes to refresh the spirit: a morning out, physical exercise in the fresh air and eyes to see what there is.

I'm glad you made use of the opportunity.

Have a happy Sunday!

lemonverbenalady said...

Skeet shooting would end badly for me! Glad you could find an activity for the birds and the mail such as it is! Cute mailbox and birdhouses, TO! Glad you took time to rejuvenate! Happy Sunday! Pat for those doggies! Too many exclamation points!

Jenny said...

Thank you for letting us tag along! This was such a lovely, restful post. The greenery makes this 116 degree day seem almost bearable!

I love to visit you. It's neat seeing the world through your eyes.

Thank you for linking.

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