Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Back from Paradise

Being completely serious now ... I've returned to work after four days in paradise and can deal with the world, again. Well, at least for this work week. I'm sure I'll need another break by then.

In the middle of the state the desert is filled with surprises. Below Grand Coulee dam lies 27-mile-long Banks Lake. A mecca for power boaters, water skiers, personal watercraft-ers (is that a word?) it's more beautiful when all those folks have hung it up for the season.

Then it's time for the quiet sports: fishing, cooking, eating, reading and sleeping. (I know sleeping is a sport because it's something I work real hard at, and don't get enough of.)

The Canada geese sat on their sand bar and 'thumbed' their beaks at me, daring me to wade closer for a better picture. Nope, too deep. These fellows were the advance guard for the hundreds who'll arrive in October --- on their way to southern climates filled with beach parties and day spas.

Unless you're a geologist you might not understand how beautiful rocks can be. I'm not but I do. They change hues as the bright sun crosses the sky. From, uh, rock-color to pinks and warm browns, they're stunning.

Steamboat Rock, the park's namesake, rears out of the desert. It's a kick to climb!

This colorful, little guy held his wings open long enough for me to immortalize him on my blog. I think he's a moth...does anyone know what kind?

After three sunsets it was time to go home. Someday I'll leave Washington and move to my ranch in New Mexico. I'll miss this place.


penni Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3:17:00 PM  

Lovely -- and so serene. You are correct that sleep is a sport. Right now I'm thinking I could get very good at it.

the7msn Tuesday, September 29, 2009 5:11:00 PM  

Sleep...finally a sport I could medal in.

Hope the vacation aura surrounds you for longer than a week.

South Valley Girl Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:48:00 AM  

Ah, but when you move to your ranch in New Mexico, you'll have a different kind of beauty all around you, and it will have the same soothing effect on your soul.


clairz Saturday, April 17, 2010 5:30:00 AM  

Don't worry--if you like rocks, you'll LOVE New Mexico!

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