This last week I ran across a desk that popped up on Freecycle. I’ve been working off of a tiny desk that was barely big enough for my monitor and the keyboard since moving to Indiana last year. The only challenge was the desk was about a 30 minute drive from the house so it was going to require some advance planning to find a morning I could sneak out early and pick it up.
Wild sunflowers bloom alongside one of the many gravel roads leading in and around Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area in northern Warrick County.
I chose Wednesday, a day when we don’t have much going on other than me going to work, and made plans with the Freecycler to come cart their old desk away. I woke up early, loaded the car with recyclables to drop off on my way out of town, grabbed a free coffee at McDonald’s and then headed out. I was supposed to call the Freecyclers just to warn them I was headed out so they would be ready for my arrival.
A typical grassy meadow borderd by forest and found throughout the Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife area
Needless to say, I wasn’t really surprised when nobody answered the phone and I didn’t get an immediate call back after leaving a message. I wasn’t too concerned though since I needed to stop and drop off my recyclables before heading out to the desk. After 10 minutes of sorting recyclables and getting them into their correct bins at the recycling center, I decided to drive around in the general area waiting for my return phone call. It just didn’t make sense to drive all the way back home only to turn around and head back out that direction again.
Wildflowers of all different shapes and colors bloom in the grassy praires and even right alongside the guard rails on all of the gravel roads
Sometimes the magic of just driving around on the roads less-traveled is enough to keep me occupied. I love seeing the land and discovering little hidden corners and hideaways. As I was driving along on two-lane farm roads, I discovered a gravel road that veered off the pavement and up a hill. I decided to meander up the road and check it out. It ended up running into the nearby Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area, a network of prairies, woods and lakes that attract all sorts of local game.
Reflecting on their serene view, wildflowers bob and sway in the breeze at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area
I parked the car and decided to turn my frustration at a flaky Freecycler into some good mind clearing fun. I wandered down the gravel roads, checking all sorts of native wildflowers blooming just about everywhere you looked. Since I”m a horticultural nut, I also spent some time collecting seed pods off of the different wildflowers so maybe next year I can grow some of my own and cultivate them. The quiet and solitude of that 30 minutes was just what I need to rejuvenate my mind for the rest of the day. The only man-made noise was from a plane passing overhead. The rest was the breeze blowing through the reeds, fish jumping for bugs, insects and frogs chirping and whirring away and a heron swooping in over one of the lakes to setup his observation post, looking for his next meal.
Even dried flower pods are colorful. These ones are covered with bright orange and black beetles that look like cousins to the squash beetles that attacked my zuchinnis and cucumbers
I started out angry at yet another Freecycle Flake who says one thing and then does another but was able to turn the wheel down the road less-traveled and cleared my mind with nature.
A beautiful Monarch butterfly stops for a sip of nectar on one of probably thousands of purple thistles blooming in the area
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