Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Backroads: The Fishing Lake

Yesterday we had a beautiful unseasonably warm day. We had obsessively watched it coming on the weather forecast for several days and laid our plans--school done early, and an outing to somewhere new. We decided to follow the advice on the sign in the middle of the tiny neighboring town:

How many years have we driven by this sign without turning off the road? I have never heard this lake mentioned once in conversation, in all the years I have lived here. So we set off without any preconceptions about our destination, except for my hope that we would find one of those evocative, run-down, forgotten has-been attractions that the Composer humors me by pulling over for.

We found a tiny lake full of dark blue whitecaps blowing in from the south. Cypress knees around the edges, tipsy little docks ricketing out into the water. A flock of ducks, a red-tailed hawk sitting low in a tree. It goes without saying that Felix brought his binoculars.

Special weeds, sunshine, a beautiful baby in a handmade sweater.

Oh, those backroads!


Anonymous said...

Love those back roads. Glad you had a lovely time.

Anonymous said...

I've not been reading your blog long enough to know if you enjoy scrapbooking or not, but you have some great pictures to document your special day out. I always love excursions to out-of-the-way places...just wish I had time to document it all!

Gina said...

Turned out to be a special, serendipitous day!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful day!

It seems there's never quite enough time to turn down that dirt road you've always wanted to turn down. Thanks for the reminder to MAKE time!!


Anonymous said...

Anna, Yarnstorm is writing a book. I really think you should, too. That is my two cents worth. Sally

Jodi said...

Off-the-beaten-path, one of my favorite places to be. The children and I have a saying, "Mom is never lost; we're just exploring!" ;o) But, oh, the lovely spots we've found exploring. It looks like you had a lovely day! [...and like you knew where you were going (sort of) which is an added bonus - lol!]

Jennifer said...

Could you tell us the pattern you used for your little one's sweater? Is this another Debbie Bliss pattern? Do you use her yarn in your knitting or do you have another brand you prefer? Thanks!

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