We took a short road trip this past weekend to enjoy some wonderful Midwest scenery and hospitality. We were not disappointed.
Our drive took us through the heart of the Midwest into Wisconsin. Wisconsin is so picturesque even in winter. Delightful old barns with their rooster weathervanes dotted the landscape along of course, with hundreds of cows. Even though it was a long drive, it was relaxing. The traffic was light, and the weather was ideal. I could not have asked for better traveling weather.
As we drove, we passed several garden centers and farm stands closed for the winter. It was fun to imagine when they’ll be open again with all of their lovely produce and outdoor garden décor available once again. It was not difficult to do either as temperatures climbed into the 30s with the promise of spring on the way. The hours flew by as I imagined planting my herb garden and brainstorming about how I would cook with the herbs I collected.
There was a time when I considered fall my favorite season. Now, I think it has to be spring. Spring carries such promise. There is so much to see and enjoy as if it was the first time that I ever saw the spring wildflowers bloom.
I continued our drive, taking in the landscape. One thing that is especially beautiful about Wisconsin is the large areas of open land. The hilly topography, of course, precludes building in some areas. There are these huge areas of rolling hills that make you wonder who all that land belongs to. I could not help but think how much I wanted to walk those hills.
I imagined that way up on that hill there was a little cottage with one of those garden weathervanes on it tucked away far from the road. Smoke would be floating out of the chimney. Wood would be stacked nearby. That would be the house I would want to live in.
As we neared home, I enjoyed my little mental vacation. It was wonderful to think about nothing at all except the drive. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a road trip than to take a mental journey as well.