Let’s Wear Kindness Well

Yesterday a fellow blogger, Phoebe, had a post inviting people to share words of encouragement that they use to cheer/lift someone up. I thought that was the most fabulous idea!

Reading the comments was endearing and refreshing. I mean, most days the world is made out to be such a cold and not nice place, you know?

But, here were all these thoughts, eloquently strung together to make anyone feel a little bit better. And, in that sense, it reminds me of nature. Nature brings such a comfort, especially flowers. No wonder flower shops are so busy.

So, today, I thought I’d do sort of a spin off of Phoebe’s idea. In the comments, please feel free to share any and all words of encouragement, praise, comfort, etc to anybody out there that may need it.

I’ll go first:

To whoever needs this today,

You are the sun, you know? Even with all the ‘buts, ands, and howevers’ you are worthy of wonderful things. ❤️

So, please join me! Feel free to offer up your words of grace. Let’s be like the flowers, let’s wear kindness well.

The Archway

If you are anywhere around Exit 275 on I-80 in Nebraska, and you want to see something really cool, stop at the Great Platte River Road Archway museum in Kearney.

On our way from Cheyenne Wyoming to northwest Missouri yesterday, we took I-80 through Nebraska and stopped there. Oh my gosh, you guys, it is amazing!!

The museum chronicles travel history in the area starting with covered wagons, stagecoaches, the Pony Express, and highways.

We each got a ‘personal-type’ museum guide via a device that looks like a tv remote with headphones. The exhibits had numbers on them and you can just point them at ones you want to learn about and press play.

That was my first experience with those and it was really neat. You can move at your own pace, turn the volume up or down, there’s no rush to miss a tour group.

The museum itself is extraordinary with its escalator entrance, the lifelike figures, the detailed murals ceiling high, railroad history, and a great display about the highway system. It ends with a step inside a vintage diner with booths and jukeboxes.

The gift shop is really nice and there’s even an ol’ vintage Coca Cola machine, if you fancy a soda in a glass bottle.

I’m so glad we went! Their website is http://www.archway.org if you’re interested in learning more.

On the Road

We are at a gas station in western Nebraska and when I looked up and saw this on the building, I laughed out loud! You just never know what you’ll see, on the road.

Rainbow

Yesterday, we started our day in Silverthorne, Co, went over Loveland Pass, through several mountain towns, and through Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Park itself was packed!! Cars and people everywhere, which is fine, but it limited the number of parking places, so I didn’t get many photographs.

We did get to stop in Estes Park for some fun family activities at Fun City. On our way out of Estes Park, through Big Thompson Canyon towards Loveland, this beautiful rainbow appeared.

Kansas Sightseeing

Our trek to Colorado from home is leading us through 982 miles of the midwest. This Kansas roadside has been sprinkled with fields full of sunflowers. If we had time, I’d pull over and take a thousand pictures.

But… all I have to offer is one field shot from my back seat view.

We just left a stop at the World’s Largest Easel in Goodland, Kansas. I’m a sucker for the World’s Largest things. In May, on a trip through Iowa, we saw the World’s Largest Working Windmill and the World’s Largest Ball of Popcorn.

If you like these kinds of things, the easel is definitely worth a look. Roadside America has some interesting articles on its history.

Just crossed into Colorado!! Wahoo!! Give me some mountains!

Westbound

We are on our way, westbound, from southeast Missouri to Colorado/ Wyoming for a couple of days.

This morning we stopped at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson Kansas and saw rockets, tons about space history, and even got to see how much we’d weigh on Mars.

Hutchinson is northwest of Wichita and is definitely worth a stop if you’re ever in this part of Kansas. Not only is the museum interactive for kids, it has a great gift shop. Their website is http://www.cosmo.org, if you’d like to check it out.

Now we’re off to Goodland Kansas to see the world’s largest easel!

Morning Drive

After dropping one of our pups off at the vet today, we decided to take a morning drive. An old, crooked gravel road led us to some beautiful pines and an vintage country church. The outhouse has seen better days, I think, but I love the way it quietly shows it’s age.

Nature Day

Monday was a full-circle nature day. We started the morning at the river fishing and swimming, drove about 50 miles and went to a natural spring and hiked, stopped at a lake I love, then headed back to the same river spot for an evening swim.

In Love

I am in love with this picture. I can’t even explain how much!

We were at an Ozark Scenic Riverways area yesterday, at a CCC camp built in the 1930’s. I walked up to look in the window at the old dining lodge, and this was reflecting back.

My favorite things?

  • -the blue of the sky
  • -the leaves
  • -the shape of the panes
  • -the pristine mirrored image of nature when I wasn’t even looking for it
  • -how like water, glass stops light rays and bounces them back
  • -if you look towards the middle, you can even see the Current River
  • -how the window itself is an accidental ‘frame’

The funny thing is that the dining lodge has never been approachable. It’s been under renovation for the entire year we’ve been going there. There are usually “closed/ do not enter” signs all around. But, lucky for me, yesterday, the signs were gone!

I didn’t get any pictures of the inside this time, but let me just say, it’s almost as pretty as the view on the outside.