Adventure is Where You Look

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What a difference a few days can make in our Iowa weather! Last week we were enjoying warmer weather and suddenly this morning we woke up to winter again! I did not run out and take any pictures as I had seen enough snow during the season that WAS actually winter.

I chose, instead, to remember the weather last week when my husband invited me for an adventure along the river. We heard that people had been morel mushroom hunting and thought perhaps we should give that a go.

After climbing up and down slippery banks, hanging onto low hanging tree limbs to keep from sliding back down and stepping over fallen, rotting logs, we had not caught sight of anything resembling a mushroom. We decided that we  were either worthless at this ‘shroom hunting thing, they just weren’t growing yet, or they do not grow where we were looking.

Fortunately, for us, there was so much other stuff to enjoy and take in. We got to see an old apple tree, in full bloom, hanging out over the river. We did wonder how long and how many more years before the river bank eroded and that tree would topple into the river. We also wondered what kind of apple it was. My husband tells me it gets small, crab apple sized apples on it and they are quite tasty.

We rounded a corner and the air smelled like perfume. We then spotted where that wonderful smell was coming from………. there was a plum thicket in full bloom. I shoved my nose into the flowers and just inhaled as deeply as I could! I wish I could bottle that scent…it was absolutely beautiful.

I discovered that sometimes the best adventures are the ones where you find what you weren’t even looking for. We didn’t find any mushrooms; but in many ways we found something so much better.

We found beauty in the water rippling over the rocks. We smelled something far better than any bottled perfume, in the blossoms of a plum thicket. We saw the tenacity of an apple tree hanging onto a river bank and still blooming profusely. And we watched a hawk sitting in it’s nest in a tree high above us.

So much of life can be an adventure. Sometimes, even our Iowa weather can be an adventure. The day can start out looking like winter (in the springtime!) and 12 hours later the snow is gone, the grass is once again green and not snow-covered, and the birds are singing their end of day songs. Life, in all it’s variety, is an amazing, wonderful thing.

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The one sure thing about weather in Iowa is the fact that it can run the gamut of two to three season……..all in one day. It is hard to know how to plan for that but you are never bored! I believe the key to surviving that kind of day is to keep in mind the adventure of it all and that the joy really is in the journey.

“I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
-Diane Ackerman






26 thoughts on “Adventure is Where You Look

    • thechickengrandma says:

      So glad you came along for the adventure Cobs! It was so much fun. We took it very slow as my husband didn’t want me tripping and getting hurt. Actually he might have been worried he would have to haul me out of the river! That would have been chilly!

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  1. Al says:

    I love how you described the mushroom hunt….very vivid….feel like I was there. You are expert at finding the beauty in things and it comes through every time you post.

    I emailed my longtime friend in Denver to razz him about the snow and tell him it was near 90 degrees here and I was on my way over to the beach. He emailed back and said, yeah, but how’s the skiing there?

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Al! I have always been an optimist. (though I have my whiny times..just ask my husband!) Life is to short not to find the beauty in things.
      I think your beach and 90 sounds better than snow and skiing! Perhaps by next winter I will think different….but for now I am ready for warm and summer!


  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    Nice post Faye. Sounds like you had a nice adventure – it is always nice to see signs of Spring. We have hunted many a morel mushroom over the years and I have fried many of them for my husband who loves them. These mushrooms pick the spots they choose to grow in and are often hard to find.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I had a great adventure. Took it nice and slow. We have always wondered if we have morels around here. I know in the next county people have found them. I suspect they are here….we are just too cold yet or our eyes are not seeing them.

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  3. bcparkison says:

    Same here. The weather is crazy. My DnL says it’s her fault because she put the kids winter clothes away and now having to look for jackets and long sleeves. I think it just keeps us on our toes and a gentle reminder that ‘we’ aren’t in charge.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I think you might be so right on not being in charge! I laughed about your DnL saying it is her fault. That sounds like a friend of mine is positive that if she washes her car….it will rain. During drought times we jokingly tell her it might be time to wash the car.

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  4. Anne Mehrling says:

    The power was out in our neighborhood yesterday because of high winds and heavy rain. When neighbor Joyce came home from work, she was stopped by a tree across the road. Someone living nearby appeared with a chainsaw and soon had the road open. Today is as gorgeous as yesterday wasn’t. I hope you have Spring-to-stay soon.

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  5. says:

    your shroom hunting is quite a typical example for all uf us-we go out looking for some sort of treasure-and find all sorts of beauty -maybe more so. than what we went after. What a beautiful way for you all to spend a few hours-I love that you recorded so many lovely things for us. The apple tree by the river and the plum thicket-well you did a beautiful job as always-thank you xx

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  6. Timelesslady says:

    It’s cooler here in NJ too after a few days of warm weather. I also was recently nose to blooms with a beautifully scented bush…my wisteria. It is lovely right now and I enjoy stopping yardwork to enjoy the fruits/scents of our labors.

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  7. penpaperandpetals says:

    Your adventure sounds wonderful! I love when the unexpected pops up, making the fun quite memorable. The scents of spring blossoms sure do make beautiful memories!

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