at the fancy Taco Bell

at the fancy Taco Bell

Eating outside at the what we call the fancy Taco Bell, we\’ve experienced all the changing seasons many times.  Usually at the same table until later in the year when the cold and the low lying evening sun makes us retreat to one of the warmer tables on the edge of the dining area.  It\’s a nice place to go to, even in spite of the fast food fare, usually it\’s vacant and you could trick yourself in thinking that you were somewhere special, perhaps at a nice dining area hidden away where nobody has found it yet.   Won\’t be long until the lady is all wrapped up for winter, or maybe carted away for storage again.

Shellbark hickory at Greenbo

Shellbark hickory at Greenbo

One of my favorite trees is the Shellbark Hickory, often called the Shagbark Hickory.  They are fairly common in our area, you can especially find them on the park and I love to stop and admire a good specimen.  Nevertheless, Wikipedia states they are uncommon across their range and only found as wild trees because the long taproot makes it nearly impossible to transplant.

 

Bike at the abandoned Boy Scout Campground (Greenbo)

Bike at the abandoned Boy Scout Campground (Greenbo)

Here\’s another shot with the Prisma app, not everyone\’s cup of tea I know but maybe my most successful faux painting to date and I\’ve tried a number of programs/apps over the years.  The story is this:  I\’ve been feeling really poorly but after a checkup, a good bill of health was received.  So what do you do?  Go have  donuts and think about it.  With the fine fall weather upon us, I thought I\’d just bite the bullet and see how a trail ride feels.  It was a magic cup of tea, I think it could pull anyone up and out of the doldrums. So when a good friend complained of the same thing, I agreed:  trips to the YMCA or your particular favorite type of body movement might just be the ticket.

This shot was at the old backwoods Boy Scout camping area of the local park I bike at (which is the 2nd biggest in Kentucky).  It takes on the abandoned look periodically, I\’ve witnessed this a number of times and I\’ve been coming here since I was a young teenager (though by foot back then).   A very good picnic table survives and I\’ve purchased a tiny inexpensive backpacking stove, the plan being to bike into the back area of the park and brew up coffee during cold fall and winter mornings.  We did this a few times last year with a couple of friends and had a nice time, it always helps to have a destination and a purpose when you are aiming at exercise.

Hope your week is starting off well.  I\’ll lay off the faux painting apps a bit (or maybe not, I\’m a sucker for \’em).

 

Have a seat

Have a seat

 "Like anything, the more you learn the more
you\’ll become aware how much you do not
know about what you do not know."

Bob Rosinsky
(heard on The Online Photographer)

 

 

Try a pourover

Try a pourover

Waiting out a recent rainstorm at Bittersweet Coffee in Huntington, West Virginia.  The place has a really nice coffee-house feel to it, relaxing.

 

Jim\’s Words of Wisdom

Jim\'s Words of Wisdom

Jim\’s Steak and Spaghetti
Huntington, West Virginia

We were at Jim\’s for lunch yesterday, sat at the counter.  The best seat in the house.  It had been awhile since I have had the cheeseburger on toast, a unique and great sandwich.