Thursday, June 3, 2010

Concrete Jungle

Every year at least once we trek up to a little out of the way place to have brunch, wander around, and take in a bit of nature. Despite our little nook requiring a drive up and over a windy mountain road (can we say Dramamine for me) there still is an abundance of our modern world.

You must drive over a substantial bridge to cross a river

to then walk under the bridge where mother nature seems to use our intrusion to her advantage

to then pause and take in the breath taking view despite the sprinkling rain drops and cloudy sky

and then follow your boys with the camera reminding them to 'watch where they step' ... let's say there was lots of organic fertilizer - ahem.

to share with your boys some man made beauty - a canal lock that was build in the 1800's - looooong before they had excavators and their horse power meant just that

to have the realization that before we had all this modern stuff mother nature prevailed ... and she doesn't take to being pushed aside

as the saying goes ... bloom where you are planted!

What's growing in your piece of the concrete jungle?


angela said...

Ooooh, we love it there too. We haven't been there in a couple of years...time for a road trip! And amen for dramamine!!!

Sara said...

What a nice photo essay!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Very neat excursion....We live near the old Erie Canal (between Albany and Buffalo). It's always a source of amazement that it was basically created by hand more than a hundred years ago. I love the history. Some of the locks are deserted now because they re-routed the water. It's really neat to walk through a grass-filled floor with huge stone walls surrounding you.

Paula said...

Looks like a beautiful place! Thanks for taking us along~

Here in Astoria, we sport the longest bridge in North America. It spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington and is 4.6 miles long, built in 1967.

(I finally have my TTPT post up)

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I love your pictures!

ali @ an ordinary mom said...

What a fabulous outing! Your organic fertilizer comment made me giggle just a little bit :-)

periwinkle said...

I just can't keep up with all your posts lol - love the dress by the way. I've never actually seen any type of lock but like the way that nature still creeps into the concrete.

Ruth said...

Love the photos. Such a enjoyable way to spend a day. It looks so serene and peaceful. Just be careful of the organic fertilizer.LOL

Love the history of the canal lock. I could spend all day discovering things like that and learning about their place in our history.