We had a lovely stretch of beautiful, sunny skies recently.
My sweet Blue Eyes suggested we take a little drive to enjoy the last of the Autumn color.
We chose to stay close to home and take a drive into the nearby farmlands.
We were greeted by deep golds, russets, moss and dark evergreen hues against flawless cerulean skies.
Timeworn farms tucked into hillsides among golden maple and stately fir create picturesque scenes.
It was a rare treat to have my busy Blue Eyes all to myself for one whole day!
He has been stacking firewood, cleaning gutters, raking leaves and winterizing the house.
In his 'free' time.
But we couldn't pass up this rare, beautiful day to simply go exploring.
We couldn't go too far, as we are still pet-sitting for Weenie Baby and Peanut,
my daughter's mini dachshunds.
My daughter is in the process of moving and we are keeping them through the upheaval.
But sometimes you don't have to look far beyond your own backyard to enjoy a change of scenery!
I loved this green barn and made Blue Eyes back up to take it's picture.
This farm caught my eye against the tall yellow trees and dark mountains.
And always in the background, 14,410 ft. Mount Rainier,
glistening like a mirage nestled in the folds of undulating blue foothills.
We drive along singing at the top of our lungs to Jackson Browne-
'Running on Empty'
'Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels -
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields-
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels-
Running on - running on empty
Running on- running blind
Running on- running into the sun
But I'm running behind
Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive'
Good song for the road!
We drive around the corner and these little ones catch our attention....
Two miniature donkeys chasing each other around and around.
The little one biting the other one every now and again on the rump.
But with shadows getting long, we head for home...
Late afternoon sunlight setting the fields aglow.
And painting the trees with a gilded brush.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance;
they make the latitudes and the longitudes.
Henry David Thoreau
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