Feb 14–cleanin’ the road (first of many)

Twin Oaks has for years been part of the “adopt-a-highway” program, and I’ve been the main person doing it for most of my twelve years here.  In our case, “adopt-a-highway” is a bit of a euphemism, as it’s more “adopt-a-little-used-rural-byway.” Once a month, I go out with a group of Twin Oaks visitors, walk the “half-block” of roads linking the community’s front and back entrances, and pick up the inevitable, regrettable, accumulation of garbage along the roadway.  I alternate sides, so I’m walking each side of the half-block once every two months– seeing the changes in the landscape as I repeated the same route was one of the experiences which inspired me to keep a daily journal.  This afternoon, we walked the Vigor Rd./Old Mtn. Road section, which is longer but more scenic, passing through sections of forest and past old farms.  It was a sunny but cool afternoon, very pleasant winter day for a 3-mile walk.

Blue skies and white horses on the Sadler Farm (our neighbor to the west)

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Another neighbor had blooming crocuses scattered through their yard, white and yellow ones, in contrast to the purple ones that are starting to come up everywhere at Twin Oaks

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The fields are still yellow with last years’ dead grass; the forests are still wearing their grey winter coat.  No change there.Image

At one point, we found this old bottle buried in the muck.  As I started to dig it out, I discovered a tiny terrarium world growing inside the bottle.  Decided to leave it where it was, a mini-greenhouse along the side of the road, trash having combined with nature to create art.  We also found: a cigar in a sealed wrapper, a candy cane also in a sealed wrapper, and an unopened Bud Lite.  Had ourselves quite a party when the road clean was finished!

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Further up, I came across this tree, which looks like a fish or dinosaur head or something.  As it’s just a few steps off of the road, I’ve been enjoying seeing this tree for years.

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Near the end of the day’s walk, I came across this bloom of daffodils in a neighbor’s front yard.  February 14th, a traditional day of flowers, and definitely the first daffodils I’ve seen so far this year.Image

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