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A Note From the Road: Trillium Falls, Orick California

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Dear Henry,

Today is the 80th anniversary of the War of the Worlds broadcast. I had heard there was mass panic, with the citizens of the U.S. absolutely sure we were currently getting invaded by aliens.

It seems crazy to me that there was a panic (at least enough to swamp the radio station and prompt the station to send a message to the police, telling them it was just a show). According to Slate,  about 2%  of the population (roughly 2.5 million people) were listening to this particular radio program and all of those seemed to miss the two "this is just fiction" announcements.

It was an amazing piece of publicity for Orson Welles  - despite having to apologize, this radio broadcast certainly got his name out.

I wonder though, is the world any different today?  How many "stories" have gone viral and caused a panic?

xoxo a.d.


A Note From the Road: Cortez Overlook, Cortez Colorado.

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Dear Henry,

I love the trees on Mesa Verde (don't be jealous you will always have my heart).

It is windy here and the trees are mostly juniper and pinyon, so the trees are very twisted and contorted.  They make good foreground props.

The Ruins around Mesa Verde aren't bad photo props either.

xoxo a.d.


A Note From the Road: Autumn Rose 2018 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

My roses aren't quite ready to wind down for the year.  Although we haven't had a freeze yet, it has gotten cold at night.
My roses don't seem to care and are outdoing themselves bloom wise.  It is nice to have flowers in the yard this late in the year.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road - A Break in the Clouds at Hilo Bay - Hilo, Hawaii

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Dear Henry,
From "Quite Interesting (@Qikipedia)", I learned a new great word.  Tyromancy - which is the divination by cheese.
Interesting.
I hadn't realized that there was so much beyond tarot reading.
Did you know there are like 500 different ways to peer into the future?  Divination by cheese isn't even close to the most unique either.
There is also cromniomancy - divination by onion sprouts.
Skatharomancy - divination by beetle tracks.
and what I think is my personal favorite  - urticariaomancy - divination by itches.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: The Queen Kaahumanu, Hawaii

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Dear Henry,
I love the mornings - or rather I love them when I have gotten enough sleep and, especially after the Fall equinox, tend to get up before the sun.
I love that pre-dawn period of quiet, the world is never so still at any other time.
What is your favorite time of day?
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: South Boulder Creek in Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado.

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Dear Henry,

Today is #NationalBostonCreamPie day.  
I love holidays for food.  They are ridiculous holidays but still, any reason to eat a Boston Cream Pie is a day.
After doing a quick Pinterest search, I will not actually be making one - they take about 3 hours to create.  A bakery visit is in order.
I love food.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: The Path to Latourell Falls - Latourell Falls Oregon

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Dear Henry,

There is a new trend -Cosagach or Coorie.

This is a Scottish philosophy and unlike the coziness of earlier trends, this one is about noticing and embracing all of the little fun things you do - the examples I read were swimming in a lake or smoking your own meat.

All of the recent trends (Shinrin-Yoku, Hygge, Lykee) though seem to say the same thing...slow down and go outside more.  Leaving the smartphone (gasp) behind.

I can get behind that.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Deadwood and Red Rock - Moab, Utah

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Dear Henry,

It has been about four years since I have been to Moab.  I do like the area. And not just Moab, but the whole area, including the Grand Rafael swell, and Eagle Canyon.

As much as I love it in Eastern Utah, there is still so much more to see.

My sister got me a scratch-off travel map for Christmas last year (coolest present ever by the way) and I realized that as much as I have traveled throughout the Western United States, I have many more parts of the country to explore. There are huge swathes of unscratched off areas.

So I don't know when (or even if) I will make it back to Moab and because there is still so much to see, I don't know if I am sad about it or just grateful that I was able to spend as much time as I had there.  Perhaps a little bit of both.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Triple Falls, Harrison Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

This picture is all of the reasons why Fish is a great guy.

We went in search for Triple Falls, which are about 2 hours away from home. I had wanted to go when it was overcast and had been raining, both for the lighting and because I was hoping for flow.  The falls turn out to be at the end of a narrow, snarly, dirt road that probably been way more fun if it hadn't been wet.

The area around the falls was amazing, even though the falls themselves were a bit lackluster. I could have had some fun, I am sure.

But.

I forgot to make sure I had an SD card (aka "no film") in my camera.  I had also left my phone in the truck.  This is Fish's picture of the Falls.

We didn't stay long near the falls before climbing back in the truck and climbing back up the (now wetter) narrow, snarly dirt road and driving two hours back home.

Fish says he had fun.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: The Rock Garden at Devil's Den, West Fork Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

Hiking through Devil's Den, we noticed there was an area set aside for rock stacking.

The trend is catching on everywhere it seems, there were so many here. I liked the effect.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Twin Falls At Devil's Den - West Fork, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

One of the features of Devil's Den is the Twin Falls.  We had thought because of the rain we had been having, the falls would be flowing.

Alas, they were just a trickle.  Fortunately, it is close enough to us that it is easy to return to.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Dam at Devil's Den - West Fork, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

We went to Devil's Den State Park for a hike - there are many hiking trails there, plus canoeing and camping facilities.

One of the cool features there is the dam, which was built back in the 1930's as a Civilian Conservation Corps project.  It isn't a cement dam but made of stacked stones and when the lake is full, water spills over the top, making a "waterfall".

It was a great place to spend the afternoon.

xoxo a.d.




A Note From the Road: Holes - Hagarville, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,
While hiking near Pam's Grotto all of the limestone cliffs had these holes in it.
At first, we thought the holes were caused by water drops or something like that.
Nope, they are caused by mollusks, who created holes to burrow in.  
This area used to be (many eons ago) under water. 
It was an interesting walk through geology.
xoxo a.d.



A Note From the Road: The Boulders of Pam's Grotto - Hagarville, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,
Here is a "behind the scene" look at Pam's Grotto.
The boulders were huge and quite daunting and, because we could see that the "waterfall" wasn't going to be all of that impressive, we almost turned around here.
I am glad we didn't, the grotto itself was really neat to see and had an interesting geology.  
Just don't hike there for the waterfall.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Autumn Leaves on Haw Creek - Hagarville, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

We are having a cold snap here and it finally feels a little like Fall (and by cold snap I mean 55 degrees).

It is weird to me after growing up in the Northern Rockies, watching the leaves fall off the trees while swatting mosquitos.  A good weird, I like the milder climate.

When I took this picture, there were people swimming in the river, cooling off, as it was 85 degrees.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Pam's Grotto - Hagarville, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

This is Pam's Grotto.  According to the internet (because the internet is always right) there was supposed to be a killer waterfall here.
Sigh.
The cave itself is really pretty but incredibly hard to get to.  It was one of the more challenging hikes I have been on in quite awhile.  Very steep, lots of bouldering, and a difficult path to follow.
We had a great time.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Haw Creek in Autumn - Hagarville Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

It is that time of year again.  
I had forgotten that the hunting season had started and as this creek is next to a campground, we had a hard time finding a place to park.
It is always unnerving hiking during the hunting season, but fortunately, most hunters are pretty good at not shooting at random things.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Haw Creek Falls - Hagarville, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,  

Water is deceptive.  This pool on Haw Creek looked very shallow and appeared to be only a few inches deep.
The reality was so much different, it was quite deep. 
But then most appearances are deceiving.
xoxo a.d.


A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Ozark Morning - Bella Vista, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,
It is early, but, I do like the peace and quiet of the early morning.
Most of the people in my house aren't inclined to wake with the sun and so it offers me a rare minute of solitude.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Missouri - Shoal Creek, Joplin Missouri

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Dear Henry,
Rock stacking has become such a trend and you can't seem to go anywhere without finding one.  
Apparently, there is some controversy about them.  Traditionally, they were used for cairns and as trail markers, but now, they are just an outlet for creativity.
Technically, they violate the "leave no trace" rule, but, I am inclined to accept them, at least, in areas that this one was found.
This was "inner city" nature spot and placing one here is really no big deal and they are often quite pretty.   But, within in the trail systems, particularly backpacking trails, I disagree with their placement. In those scenarios, they should be only be used in the traditional sense, although now, a backpacker can no longer rely on them.
What do you think?
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - Garden Toad - Bella Vista Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

There are a few leaves falling and I really needed to do some flower bed maintenance.   During the clearing, I ran across this guy.  Or rather, he hopped and scared me to death.

I have a lot of toads who live in my garden and I think they are great - they eat so many bugs.  I just wish they could announce themselves better.  They startle me every time.

xoxo a.d.

A Note from The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Ozark Autumn - Kingston Arkansas

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Dear Henry, 

I am jealous.  My cousin has a beautiful garden that is still producing vegetables. Lots of vegetables.
She also has put up tomato sauce, salsa and my personal favorite, pepper jelly.  
I wish I had that green thumb or at least A green thumb.  and I am afraid of canning, convinced I will give everyone botulism.
She said she would send me some jelly. 
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Autumn Leaves on the White River 2018 - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

While growing up I lived much further to the North than I do now.  By the first of October, Fall was already in full swing, and, by now, most of the trees in the higher elevations were bare.
Here, Autumn is just barely getting started.  But I love the slower, lazier and warmer Fall.  It is more gradual and there is much more time to enjoy it.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: From the Garden - Dark and Stormy Night - Bella Vista, Arkansas

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Dear Henry,

One of the things I wish I were better at are the skyscapes,  I can count on one hand shots that have actually worked out.  This is one of about 100 shots that I took of the supermoon several years ago and really, it is the only one that turned out.  
Despite taking classes, night shots are still challenging for me.
What challenges you?
xoxo a.d.



A Note From the Road: Road Trip Utah - Leftovers, Promontory Utah

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Dear Henry - 

This weekend has been full of soul searching, and I have decided it is time to return to the basics.
I have been feeling so overwhelmed by everything "else" that I haven't been focusing on what is important to me.
It is a new week so it is time to pull in reset.  My family, my animals, my art, and my books are priorities.  The dishes may just have to pile up in the sink.
xoxo a.d.