Adirondack Walk

Today I went for a walk with a friend.  She is an talented artist and the owner of many of the cute farm animals I often post pictures of.  I consider myself very lucky to have access to so many cute farm animals right across the street!  There is really nothing better than taking a walk with a friend.  Bonus if you get to do it somewhere beautiful.

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It was a glorious Adirondack spring day.  I haven’t taken this walk through this part of my neighborhood since last fall and I missed this road with its incredible views.

farm equiptmentMy town boasts a large potato farm, which gives us the privilege of big clearings with mountain views and neat looking farm equipment (not to mention a swell corn maze in the fall!)  One of the best things about living next to a potato farm is gleaning.  Once the tractors go through the fields and harvest the potatoes, locals descend upon the fields and pick up all the potatoes that were too small for the harvesters.  Free potatoes!    farmhouse mountainsThe Adirondack Park is over 6 million acres, larger than any of the National Parks in the lower 48 states.  The land inside the “blue line” of the park is about half publicly owned and half privately owned.  I live right smack in the middle of the Adirondacks, which means I can take a walk down this road along potato fields, and view protected wilderness on all sides.

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Off in the distance are the Adirondack high peaks.  mountains

So, this is my neighborhood.  I have spent way too much of this winter (and last!) cooped up inside.  Hopefully next winter will be different, but right now Spring is here, which means it’s time to get out into it.  mountains

 

Spring!

Oh spring is here!

Complete with little lambs at the farm across the way…

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…and little flowers poking from the earth…

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…and a surge of energy and expectation, and the feeling that all that might be wished for is indeed possible.  This winter was long, cold, and dark, but those of us who live in the northern latitudes know it makes the spring that much sweeter.  The sun has been shining for three days straight, which is a blessed aberration.  Last night, there was a thunderstorm, it poured rain, washed away much of the snow, and the sun was shining this morning.

I am feeling so grateful for this sweet season.

What are you grateful for?  How are you riding the energy of spring?