Once a week I have a day all to myself to shop.
I enjoy these special days without obligations or housework as I am free to do what I like.
Of course, that includes replenishing the pantry.
But that is something I really enjoy.
I especially enjoy the little drive to and from my favorite grocery store.
This time of year the sunflowers are in bloom. All around this little greenhouse these tall, sunny flowers were growing alongside a small air strip.
You can't see it through the trees, but Mount Rainier looks down over the landscape.
I love driving this small country road and seeing this unusual sign.
This is a private airstrip for the residents who live alongside.
Once in a while, I get to see a little 'air show' of small, colorful, antique planes.
The last time, I did not have my camera, which prompted me to make sure I always take it with me!
You can see the beautiful runway with homes along each side. Every home has a large building to house their small plane! This runway continues across the street with more homes built alongside.
This is one of two private airstrips in the nearby countryside. Wouldn't it be wonderful to take a little flight to view the scenery on a day like this?
You can see the orange wind tunnels hanging down. On this day, they were allowed to rest, as it was very still.
Not only are there antique airplanes, but there are also antique cars that frequent our back roads. I enjoyed following this one along.
We have a 50's style hamburger stand in town that hosts antique car gatherings every once in a while. The town also hosts an antique car show every year. I missed it this year, but will be sure to go next time and bring my camera.
I drive by this little farm every week. It reminds me of my childhood trips to New Hampshire to stay at Butler's Cabin. The cabin was built alongside a small mountain flanked by a large dairy farm. This scene brings those memories flooding back to me.
As I approached the fence to take my pictures, I discovered this young Jersey cow lying in the grass. The horse strolled over to say hello.
And if you look towards the trees, you can see a little surprise.
An ancient tree fort! The many, many times I have traveled this road I have never noticed this before!
Once upon a time, a very special place for some lucky children.
Then, as I took a small side road to turn around, I discovered this long abandoned playhouse sitting next to a very old piece of farm machinery. I believe it is a hay mower.
I had a playhouse when I was young. We had many happy hours making mud pies, picking wildflowers for the table, serving blueberries and huckleberries on leafy plates.
Did you have a tree fort or a playhouse when you were a child?
I am nearly to my destination, a road I have traveled for many years, and yet every time I travel down this sweet country road, I find something new to see.
Thank you for coming along!