Monday, July 28, 2008

As Promised...

Have you noticed that news anchors everywhere have become very fond of the term, "Stay-cation" this summer, repeating it as many as 4 times per newscast, as if they had cleverly coined the term themselves just before coming on air. I'm willing to bet, however, there are documented cases of fathers in too tight shorts plying their children with "Stay-cations" consisting of haphazard, back yard tents and marshamallow roasting over the grill as far back as the 70's.

I suppose we just returned from our own "Stay-cation" since we were less than 2 hours from our house, but judging from the slow rev of my engine upon returning...vacation accomplished. I am renewed. (Or, I think I will be once I get back into some semblance of a routine.)

Some hilights.









14 comments:

the dragonfly said...

Looks lovely!! I especially like the waterfall, and the flower shots. Beautiful!

Meadowlark Days said...

Mmm, what I wouldn't give for a few days in the Rockies! We used to stop there every summer on our road trips but haven't been able to for a few years.

And the dreaded pine beetle is also devastating my home region, the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Also, I'm curious about the term Bright Sadness. We use it a lot in the Orthodox church but I've never heard it used outside of that.

Thanks for the lovely photos!

painted maypole said...

oh, it looks great! i don't think it counts as a staycation if you sleep somewhere other than your home. ;)

Hannah said...

Holy moley, beautiful stuff. All we ever had when I was a kid were "staycations" - but they didn't have trendy hip names then, they were just called "staying home because we can't afford to go anywhere".

I would LOVE to be only two hours away from such loveliness.

flutter said...

absolutely beautiful

laurie said...

wow, you live in a gorgeous place.

and somebody has beautiful hair. is that you? with the sunglasses on the head?

Emily said...
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Emily said...

That lovely hair belongs to my drop dead gorgeous sister. She has enough hair in one square inch of her scalp to elevate the self esteem of a German Shepherd with a rather unfortunate case of Mange.

And that's my brother in the photo just above hers.

Lori said...

Well why would you go any farther than that? Isn't scenery like that just what we are all looking for? :) Absolutely lovely. I'm glad you feel renewed.

Meadowlark Days said...

Thanks for your comment over on my blog about Bright Sadness; it was great to hear from you. Your BIL's project sounds very interesting! Several years ago I heard of an Orthodox couple who had a band called Bright Sadness, although I think they're taking a break. I look forward to seeing what your BIL develops! It's such an interesting concept.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Looks like some breathtaking scenery.....

Vacations close to home are good in between getaways for me.....we live close to some beautiful scenery too.

Julie Pippert said...

Beautiful and fantastic...how lucky to live so close to something so beautiful and good for you taking the time out to appreciate it.

Minnesota Matron said...

Beautiful! The Matron has been to your fair state several times and loves it, each.

Furrow said...

Sorry I've been away for so long. Kids. They're a time suck. But yours are beautiful. An incredibly beautiful family among gorgeous scenery.