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.