Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



I’m off adventuring again. Mostly alone, though I did spend a day on a river with a college friend. But first, as most of my adventures go, I began with barns.

Because it’s hard to drive anywhere from my home without seeing at least one barn.

I was hoping to find yellow soybean fields, but mostly they’ve already gone brown. That was sad, but it was such a pretty day I couldn’t stay sad for long.

And eventually I made it to the river where I met a friend from way back in college, and she and her daughter and I paddled in the warm fall sunshine for a few hours.

It was totally unlike my previous times on this river when we had most of it to ourselves.

This time we were out on the river on a sunny fall weekend afternoon. There were lots of other people there too.

But we managed to make our way through the crowds of tube floaters and enjoyed people watching while we were paddling.

An interesting combination, a totally different vibe, but lots of fun regardless.

After we left the river we drove a few miles north to walk the Empire Bluffs trail. Turns out Empire was having some sort of car race. The little town was inundated with people and race cars.

It took us a long time to find a way to get to the trail, but once we did we enjoyed the scenic walk out to the bluffs.

It was late in the afternoon by the time we arrived at the end of the trail, and we didn’t linger out there for long, but it was definitely worth the walk!

On the way back I got distracted by the low rays of sun glowing in the woods, spotlighting plants along the way.

We had a little bit of a drive to get to the hotel, though, so we moved along.

And then had dinner at The Painted Lady Saloon.

It was a pretty darn good day, and it definitely made me smile.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “Adventuring

  1. Travelling with you is the most fun I’ve had all day!


  2. Look how clear that water is! What a beautiful day you had.


  3. I’m SMILING!! And enjoyed your adventuring!! What great fun and thanks for sharing and bringing us along for the ride! ❤️ Oh and those barns are always my favorites!!


  4. wow – good day indeed – blue skies – green trails and cool cars!!


  5. What a great day! I love the barn images!


  6. wonderful day! Those blue skies, the water, the barns! and what a view of the coastline- breathtaking!


  7. It does sound like a great day, despite the crowds while kayaking. The view from the bluff is gorgeous.


  8. The gold of the soybean fields is over already? And I didn’t even see any! It was a beautiful northern weekend, however, and we made the most of it, too. Love your barn and river adventure.


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  10. Beautiful pictures, as always. I think about you when I see a barn on the drives out to the campgrounds. No pictures as it’s hard to stop when you’re towing the trailer.


  11. Hmm, sounds as if you’re just warming up for Robin’s Walktober, right?? Lovely excursion, and I’m green over the splendid, clear views you had. By the way, that restroom door makes me smile — she looks totally in control!


  12. What a wonderful river ride, barn extravaganza and wow–love that lady on the rest room door!


  13. From the barns to the dame, what could go wrong with an added touch of cancan girl. Wide smile.


  14. Hi Dawn! It looks like you had some gorgeous weather to enjoy while paddling. The water is so clear! Thank you for sharing.


  15. A beautiful day was had. Made me smile!
    The river was definitely clear and oh so lovely.


  16. I love barns and the blue skies and fields are beautiful. Yes change is very hard.


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