Thursday, October 31, 2013

An Autumn Drive

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

Linking with: Fridays Fences


  1. Great image series you show Karen. Wishing you and your a good Friday / good weekend :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful drive - gorgeous scenery and photographs.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. Truly jaw dropping backdrops to some of these images, wonderful post

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful drive, and the scenery is gorgeous. Isn't it a treat when you can spend the day like that enjoying the company of your husband. What blessings we have! Have you posted any shots of your little grand dogs? Bet they are cute

  5. Anther beautiful drive, sweet lady :) The miniature donkeys made me smile and the green color of the barn is so pretty! May you have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

  6. Running on Empty' is one of my favourites and there is no running on empty in the beauty department where you live my friend. Life ids wonderful isn't i?. Hug B

  7. What a blessed, beautiful place you live! I loved the drive and all the scenery!


  8. What a treat to get to take a long ride with your hubby in such gorgeous country....Your shots are amazing and I have to tell you I love that green barn. You don't see too many of those......

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend...

  9. you live in such a gorgeous area. thanks for allowing us to share in your neighborhood. :)

  10. Life truly going crazy and God is there :)
    I always love about things you captured when you driving somewhere. and the last picture is just so perfect. Thanks for sharing.


  11. I love that green barn! It's so pretty. The scenery is really gorgeous there this time of year. The sky is such a brilliant blue! Loved the shots :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Thank you so much for taking us along on that beautiful drive in the country. I love, love, love the sight of all those fir trees... that always makes me homesick for the Pacific Northwest. And the beautiful snow-capped mountain.

  13. You live in a beautiful area...your photos are just gogeoou

  14. Autumn days are all about exploring before the winter comes. Great photos. It is gorgeous there!

  15. That is the perfect song for the road Karen! And I just love seeing the landscape in your part of the is just plain beautiful! And those shots of the late afternoon sun...WOW! You really captured the light in an amazing way in those photos! All the best this weekend sweet friend!

  16. Why go far when the good is there. Beautiful fall pictures. Something it looks like here in Germany in the Black Forest. We have here but no Mount Rainier. Greetings Rita

  17. I am so pleased that we have discovered each others blogs via Friday's Fences and that we are now following each other. You are blessed to be living in a very lovely spot in our beautiful world. I shall be adding your blog to the blog roll I keep on Travel Tales.

  18. Dearest Karen,
    That was a lovely little break away for your dear husband! It requires quite some hard work to prepare for winter in your region. Would be hard to copy for a woman alone.
    Weenie Baby and Peanut are well, staying with their grandparents. Our Mauzie would always enjoy to ride along; you couldn't please her more than that.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful surroundings and especially that majestic solitary tree in the last photo!
    Had to google Jackson Browne as I had never heard of him... But that's because we lived across the Ocean with different music. Only some hits crossed the Ocean back and forth.
    Hugs and happy weekend!

  19. Thank you for the lovely autumn tour. I was just thinking yesterday how I've never seen a green barn, they're almost always red or white, if they're even painted at all. And voila! Here it is. I love when that happens. It's a great barn. Road trips are always fun, even if they're just short ones around the neighborhood.

  20. Now that is my kind of drive seeing all that gorgeous countryside and landscapes....simply beautiful!!

  21. Beautiful countryside Karen...I have enjoyed my are surrounded with such beauty...The barns are Fabulous..... Have a happy week ahead....Hugs May x x x

  22. Wow, what a beautiful part of the world you live in. Thanks for taking me along on this drive.


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