Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A day to satisfy every sense.

A day trip down the scenic Mississippi river valley to Stockholm, Wisconsin.

5 random senses for Random 5 Friday 

1) What will you hear?  The whistle of trains as they charge down the tracks.  Sea gulls calling. The wind across the water.  And to prove that there is no perfect paradise, the deafening obnoxious blight of overpowered motorcycles out for a joy ride.  

2) What will you see?  Sparkles, Fall colors, lofty and scenic panoramas, eagles soaring on thermals, pumpkins and small town life.

3) What will you smell?  Bread baking at the Smiling Pelican Bakeshop, pies and drying leaves and flowers.

4) What will you taste?  Stone Barn Pizza.

5) What will you touch?  Grab a fork!

A day filled with planes, trains and a few automobiles.


We spotted a huge flock of white pelicans flying over.  Score!  They are a rare sight.  But I barely got the shot. 
For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday

Sparkles

Soaking it all in on a hike to the edge of Maiden Rock bluff


We arrived at the Nelson Stone Barn at 4:40 and cars were lining up outside the farm for a 5:00 opening.  Yes farm!  And it is the best darn wood fired pizza around.  They seat you in the remains of an old barn. Cool.

 As the hungry cars waited a BMW bypassed the line.  The driveway was roped off.  The BMW drove around the driveway on the grass.  Cars started honking.   And everyone was grumbling about that darn car when we were inside and ordering our Za.  BMW....grrrr...rude....who are these clowns?  Ha! 

 But who could stay mad while eating fantastic pizza on a scenic farm with horses, evening sun and the wood fires glowing.


Good bye Stone Barn.  See you next May. Sniff.

P.S.  For more on the Mississippi river valley, the legend of Maiden Rock and Stone Barn Pizza hit my labels.  Or check out these links The legend of Maiden Rock or  Stone Barn Pizza 

23 comments:

DJan said...

Love your new October header, Sharon. And that pizza is making me hungry, even though it's breakfast time! :-)

ladyfi said...

Oh, what dazzling and shimmering shots.

Rose said...

I would have loved to see the pelicans...we had some come south of here last year...yes, in the middle of Indiana! At Goose Pond. Could hardly believe our eyes. We are hoping it becomes a regular stop.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love those sailing pics - so beautiful!

Dave said...

Nice post...... you do well not to stay angry for long, it spoils the rest of the day

TexWisGirl said...

LOVE the sparkles on the water!!!

mick said...

It sounds like a great day and the pelicans flying overhead are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Yummy, I love pizza! Great capture of the White Pelicans! Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

Wally Jones said...

Thank you for sharing your trip.
Love those Pelicans!

Karen said...

The sparkling water is delightful!

Betty Luckhurst said...

I'm sure everybody can find something they like! Lovely shots--especially the water!

Carole M. said...

the view from Maiden Rock bluff looks great

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love how the water sparkles in your photos--beautiful!

Creations By Mit said...

That ocean shot is amazing!! WOW!!!

Karen said...

Pizza...YES!

Buttons said...

Oh you images are wonderful. B

Lynn said...

this is a fun post, I wld love that pizza, what a cool header, that little apple doesn't look too happy at all. I really like the photo looking out towards the water, tho all are lovely shots.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love your header shot. super cool! ( :

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love how you put this together Sharon! Very creative and beautiful shots.

Carole M. said...

a nice series and great commentary (loving the pizza stop)

Hilary said...

Seems like a great place and what a cool shot of the pelicans.

Stewart M said...

Really like the texture in the first shot of the ocean - it has an abstract sort of feel to it.


Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: sorry for slow reply - I have been out of phone / Internet range for most of the week - it was strangely pleasant!

Ramble Ann said...

Sounds like a dreamy day! Great looking header!