Monday, May 3, 2021

Spring Road Trips

Spring thaw - Minneapolis trails.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”– Ernest Hemingway

Early Spring in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”– Margaret Atwood

Later, in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin. 
We ran across a whole family of snakes! It was fun to see them curled and coiled. 

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”– Mark Twain

The Lake Harriet Rose Gardens.
I saw a turkey outside of Starbucks last week. (I'm not joking)

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”– Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

Road trip to Menomonie, Wisconsin.
The glorious Red Cedar trail.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”– Sitting Bull

This old railroad bridge is at the fifteen mile mark, on my favorite biking trail along the Red Cedar River. (thirty miles round trip) If it wasn't for the pain-in-the-ass part of biking, I could have biked fifty miles - no problem. Biking is a breeze on my new Rad electric bike!

I was blog hopping last week, visiting my internet friends and returning comments to all lookie-loos. On one particular blog visit, I learned that not everyone enjoys reading quotes. The unnamed blogger stated that any middle-aged individual worth their salt, should be able to come up with their own freaking quote. I laughed, since that is exactly what I did last week. Did you notice? Well, I love to read inspiring quotes. So today, I posted a quote for every image. Ha! Take that, anti-inspiring-quote-Debbie-downers of the world.  

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."
-Anne Frank

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I LOVE quotes and beautiful photography so I appreciate your beautiful blog posts. The wildflowers in this post filled me with joy as I have been patiently waiting to see them emerge here.
Right now we are seeing "graupel"--an unusual weather condition. My weather vocabulary has surely increased since moving west ;)

DJan said...

This is an exceptionally wonderful post, with all the great pictures (even snakes and turkeys!) and quotes from some of the world's best authors. Mark Twain and Anne Frank will never go out of style. Thank you, dear Sharon, for taking the time and ignoring the Debbie Downers of the world. :-)

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

a beautiful spring in Wisconsin

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I wonder if it's the same blogger that has been commenting on my every post...telling me I'm doing it all wrong. haha! I don't publish them. I say a bah hum bug and just keep going...doing what I love best! The turkey was a fun sighting! And I love your quotes...all of them. I like to write the ones that impress me in my journal. Hugs!

Tanza Erlambang - Sawan Fibriosis said...

nice roads and beautiful photos as always...

Love the quote: “Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”

Have a wonderful day

DUTA said...

That's a very impressive railroad bridge!
An encounter with snakes will not be funny for me as I'm afraid of them.
Your hubby in the picture is a very nice addition to your post!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful post, full of energy and life, just like Spring!! I love the snakes!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like quotes from all insightful writers including you, as I think I told you. (Am having so much trouble leaving comments at this point I’m not sure .)....I’ve seen many snakes but never a whole family of them, that’s really neat. Beautiful Spring walk!

Angie said...

Sharon - I started by writing down that I like the turtles and the little blue flowers, and then I looked at the next collage, and the next - and I liked ALL of them! Personally, I enjoy reading inspirational quotes, no matter the source. I thought your quotes were amusing especially because it was unexpected! (And on target!) Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

Mary Kirkland said...

That's a beautiful snake and I love the bridge.

dee Nambiar said...

Lovely spring-sights. Enjoy the season!

Btw, I love that bridge pic. :)

betty-NZ said...

Such lovely finds along the way on your trip! The snakes are interesting as we don't have any here in NZ!
Wonderful spring colors and awesome scenery :)

It's great to see your post at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

Jim said...

Great post.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I'm mainly in it for the photography, but I do enjoy a good quote. My favorite is the one about smelling like dirt at the end of the day!

Martha said...

Fantastic collection of spring photos!

Amy Johnson said...

I do not live far away at all from these sites! I will have to visit sometime. I'm especially interested in those rose gardens. Thanks for the party.