Last night was the perfect weather for a campfire! When we went to Bledsoe State Park a couple of weeks ago there was a burn ban in effect due to the lack of rain in September so we were ready for a big fire! I picked up a packet of color flames at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and I was eager to see if it worked. I was not disappointed as you can see from the photos above. The colors lasted more than 30 minutes, and we sat mesmerized by the show. These photos were taken on my iPhone XS. I enjoyed seeing what spectral images Mother Nature chose to reveal. What do you see?
If you have trouble quieting your mind try gazing into a fire. The dancing flames will take you far far away and suddenly all those nagging thoughts will magically disappear! You won’t even know you are meditating!
Today we explored the park. Although the name of the park is Cedars of Lebanon, I’m told that there are very few cedar trees in the park! However there are lots of fir trees.
There are quite a few nice hiking trails through the woods. We hiked a bit today but it was really hot so we headed back to Calypso for a beverage!
In the photo above you see large limestone boulders. Limestone is everywhere in the park.
I’m told that there are a lot of caves under the park. Jackson cave is open to spelunkers but you must have a permit.
Above is just a small rock overhang we saw on the trail today.
Photos below are a really unique old tree. It’s looks different from each angle. Who knows how long it’s been growing. The last photo looks like the profile of a dog. What do you see?
After a nap in the cool air conditioning I came out and finished a weaving. I found a key chain with 9 keys when we cleaned out our old family home. I decided to incorporate them into the weaving, unlocking the doors to the unseen realm.
Calypso goes home tomorrow. Great maiden voyage! Lots of adventure ahead!
I started a large weaving this morning. No plan in mind. Will use some small bits of leftover yarn as well as new yarn. I walked down to lake and found some nice driftwood pieces I plan to use as a hanger.
I also finished a tiny piece I started on the way to Clearwater. It’s only 2.5 x 5 inches. I added a few spike beads to the bottom. Sometimes the small pieces are more difficult than the larger ones.
Remember the wall hanging I started while camping at Montgomery Bell, here’s the finished piece. I’m loving the weaving process and I don’t know why I didn’t try it a long time ago. I recently read an article written by a weaver about how meditative the process is and I find that to be true. It’s easy to get lost in the over under motion of the needle. The textures and colors of the fibers are hypnotic!
While on our last camping trip at Salt Lick Creek, on Cordell Hull Lake, I started and finished the piece shown below.
Weaving is such an easy process and you can find hundreds of tutorials online. You don’t need fancy looms, you can use cardboard or an old picture frame. There are no limits to what you can create! I’ve shown just a few projects below. So, if you are interested, get some yarn, some cardboard and a big needle and just play!
I started a wall weaving today. I’m using the hand spun yarns and recycled silk that I bought in Monteagle. I love the colors and especially the textures. Looking forward to the finished piece!
Blue fairies dance on lighted wings
Searching the forest for magical things.
If you look you surely see
Blue fairies dancing beneath the tree!
We originally planned to ride up to Mt. Charleston Lodge for lunch today, but Mother Nature decided they needed more snow! Rain was expected in Las Vegas and the sky looked a little threatening but we decided to beat the rain and visit the Neon Museum. If you ever get to Vegas it is a must see. When signs are no longer needed they are donated to the museum. We learned that most of the neons are leased by the hotels usually for ten years. When the lease expires if the hotel doesn’t want it, it goes back to the sign company.
So many signs lay in this historic boneyard and I’ve only shared a few!
Red Rock Canyon is about 20 miles from downtown. The clouds continued to roll in and the wind got quite gusty, but we drove out anyway. Lucky for me the low hanging clouds made the already dramatic landscape ever more ominous. There is a 13 mile scenic loop, well worth the drive. Do not miss this if you are in Vegas. Sadly tomorrow we leave for Nashville, but I can say for sure that it won’t be 30 years before I’m back again!
VIVA LAS VEGAS