fishing and cupcakes

On a whim (and two aligning days off), Scott and I decided to check out our neighborhood lake to see what kind of fishing it had. Standing Bear Lake was a discovery a few months back that we have enjoyed walking the trails several times as well as an ill-fated, rainy picnic. Scott gathered together his fishing gear then we drove to Walmart to get a fishing license. I requested “just one more stop” for me – I had some books waiting for me at the library.

We pulled up to the lake, with lots of fishermen already casting lines into the wet unknown. I set up my chairs and my “geeky, nerdy books” (as Scott referred to them), while Scott tried to find a good place to sink his lure. After seeing how shallow the waters were, Scott walked over and asked another fishermen (up on the dock) what kind of stuff he caught here. “Bass, crappie, and….” he pulled a trout out of the water as he and Scott stood and talked. But the man asked Scott if we had been around by the dam yet. We weren’t sure what he was referring to, but we packed up our stuff (since some rowers were beginning to take over our shallow coast) and we drove around looking for another entrance.

Wow. When we found another entrance we realized we had only been seeing a small portion of the lake! We had no idea a whole 3/4ths of the lake was still to be discovered!!

So we searched for an opening and settled in again. By this time, it was midday and the worst time for fishing. Plus we were completely unprepared (thinking we were going to do some shallow fishing, not realizing we needed more bait and more equipment.)

After awhile – and no fish – Scott was ready to call it quits. But we left with a big anticipation of the next time we would fish there at sunrise – Scott dreaming of fish, me dreaming of sunrise picture possibilities!

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There might have been someone fishing next to us.
And he might have had his shirt off.

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On our way home we stopped at a new cupcake bakery. The decorations were adorable, inside and outside the store. Lots of fun details. They just opened this year and I wish them a great deal of success.

Our order ($10+) deterred us from too many return visits and as always, nothing stacks up to McLain’s Bakery in KC in my book!!

Cute place, though.

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“It’s time for an adventure!”

That phrase is probably one of my favorite things Scott says. He gets it in his system and won’t rest until we have done our thing: Go. See. Do.

I got off work on Monday afternoon around 4pm and he was ready to GO! “It’s too nice of a day to be at home. It’s time for an adventure!”

I grabbed my camera, our phones, and off we went.

Our day included:

* A stop at a lemonade stand not far from our house. The lemonade was freshly made, REAL lemonade (which we threw out, once we got out of her view…blech!) She was also selling shells for .50, so we bought two of those too – to document our Adventure. When I asked where she got them, she said it was from a trip her family took to the Ozarks. Missouri shells! Can’t go wrong there.

* We heard about a lavender farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, so we headed there next. It was a big disappointment. The lavender was growing on a small patch of land (I didn’t even take a picture of it!)

* Then it was to the Dairy Den for a chocolate malt (Scott’s favorite) and a twist cone for me. We met a family in line in front of us that were traveling from Washington state. She came to town to surprise her niece at her baby shower. They were really pleasant people to talk to as we hung out on the Dairy Den rail. Ice cream brings people together, don’t you think? There was a couple on a date, however, that weren’t as interested in our conversation…

* We then drove to Lincoln Highway, the first coast to coast highway across the United States, which turns 100 years old this year. It is designated a Scenic Highway in Iowa. The views across Iowa were beautiful. Farmland is to be appreciated, no matter your current location or preference. It is the heart of so much of our lives.

* We stumbled upon a rest stop that included some historic buildings: a schoolhouse, a cabin and a mercantile store. It also showed the brick used for the coast to coast Lincoln Highway. It is hard to imagine all the brick that was used. I took a picture of an old water conduit that reminded me of an accordian-style, play tunnel my sister and I used to play with in our home’s basement (concrete floors). As adults we have laughed at how painful it was, crawling over the metal rings with our knees, grinding into the metal and concrete. I’m pretty sure we both have permanent damage to our knees because of it!

* The next thing to pop up was the Museum of Religious Arts. Unfortunately it was closed, but we will go back eventually. I’m curious to know what it includes.

* A nice surprise to me was the Nazarene church we passed along the highway.

* We stopped to take pictures of a motel sign that may or may not be a working motel…it was hard to tell!

* A herd of cattle that were less than thrilled that I was wandering around, shooting something toward their young calves. One mama, in particular, was quite vocal in her protection and dislike for me.

* Our only goal for the Adventure was to find farm fresh eggs. We figured if we drove far enough out in the country, we would eventually see a sign. About 2 hours into our drive, we screamed with excitement: “There it is!!!” We followed the circuitous route until we found the spot. While they gathered the eggs, Scott talked with the boy of the house. He was precocious and a great conversationalist. Scott asked him if he was glad it had stopped raining and he replied, “Ohhhh! Last night was teh-wa-ble!!” All I noticed was the fact that he was running around his front yard in his white socks. Brought back some FRUSTRATING memories!

* After leaving their house, we wandered further down that back road and found Hitchcock Nature Center. HOLY COW!! What a find! Beautiful trails to walk, campgrounds, RV grounds, a beautiful lodge with telescopes and bird information. As I walked around taking pictures, I found THE mother of all scenic look-out towers. I climbed to the top to take pictures, in spite of the fact that the sun was beaming so strong it was hard to see anything and a terrible time to take pictures. Scott, however, decided to stay firmly grounded. We are really excited about going back to this observatory, especially with Joyce, who will fill in all the extra details about the trees and birds. Waaaaaaaay off in the distance, you could also see downtown Omaha. As we left, we ran into two dogs and their owner. I stopped and talked with her a few minutes as she ran a faucet of waters for her dogs to enjoy. She lives nearby and walks the Hitchcock trails often. She warmly welcomed me to Omaha. As we parted she yelled over her shoulder, “I hope to see you again soon.” I love all of our encounters along the way as we Adventured on.

* On our way home, we stopped in Crescent, Iowa and ate at Henry’s Diner (‘Nothin’ finer). It has a local reputation for its fried chicken. We opted for a tenderloin and a hamburger. I always expect diners to grill their hamburger buns, and I wasn’t disappointed. The food was deliciously horrible for us! We took the majority of it home as leftovers – including Scott’s nasty (my opinion!) chicken gizzards.

What a beautiful Adventure. A fun day of driving and discussing every imaginable conversation topic. There are so many reasons that Scott is a gift to me. Perhaps, most of all, his love for Adventuring and enjoying every single minute of life.

Go.
See.
Do.

We did.

We loved.
We exhaled out stress.
We breathed in life.

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why does food look so much better in the fall?

Fall makes me want to bake and craft. I could spend entire days creating in both the kitchen and at my craft table. I don’t know if it is the colors outside my windows on the trees or the cooler temperatures that set my mood in a calmer state for some daring creativity.

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This recipe from Jamie Oliver looks tempting: roast chicken with lemon rosemary

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source: emilie griottes.fr
Topped off with apple muffins with orange by La Cuisine Helene.

I hope you are enjoying the last vestiges of autumn in your world. I look forward to this season all year then hang onto it desperately until the last leaf has fallen.

let’s take a tumble together

Tumblr has been a great source of visual inspiration for me. The pictures I re-post on my Tumblr site are sometimes about the content, but predominately it is because of the photography. When picking pictures I go by the simple rule that whatever makes me stop for longer than usual, I realize it is a picture that I want to tuck away to revisit later.

Here are some of the random ones I have saved lately:


source: finding cool stuff

Zombie Apocalypse in Nebraska??

Walking through a cemetery is such an interesting trip through time. The cemetery in Grand Island, Nebraska was no different. We spent an afternoon looking at the tombstones and wondering about the stories they represented.

I had to laugh at this tombstone. If there was a Zombie Apocalypse, I’m pretty sure it might start with this tomb…

Crazy Huskers fans…

Note to my family: no abbreviations on my tombstone

I’d rather have this “shabby chic” one!

Can a history person answer our question about this: Were things made before WWII only called ‘World War’? I mean, that would make sense…there wasn’t a WWI until there was a WWII, right?

inside…

Who knew?! Right here in Nebraska…

This always makes me crazy. Guess whose name is the largest?

yep. Baird. But the tombstone behind Baird’s? “Suck”. (we had to laugh)

There were a LOT of German names throughout this cemetery. I kept wondering why and thinking I needed to see what German (or Lutheran?) movement happened in the area.

Thanks, Scott, for being willing to go through cemeteries with me, wherever we are.