The adventure around the corner…literally!


“You’ve been out on adventures, I see,” said my friend. We sat at a high table, our lunches ordered, and catching up during a long overdue visit.

I guessed he was referring to my pictures I’d shared on social media, mainly of forest and prairie lands, some of old farm houses and wheat fields.

I didn’t want to disappoint him but I also needed to be honest.

“I’ve been taking photos just around the corner, actually!” I explained. “About 20 minutes down the highway from my house. Some at a park and some at a tourist historical site.”



He lights up as he starts telling me about his hour walk just the other day that took him into wetlands he didn’t even know existed, even though he’d lived and worked in the area over 20 years.

His adventure just around the corner from where he lives.

Facebook pictures of friends in far away places, emails from travel bloggers, and overheard stories in coffee shops of warm places can make our hearts and minds discontent.Β  We become aware of what we thinkΒ we are missing out on, and our awareness starts to focus on where we are not rather than where we are.

Thankfully God created our minds to change.

It’s our choice, though.

For awhile now uncertainties around finances had me choose to stay closer to home. Believe me I wasn’t pleased about that at all especially when my sisters flew off to their Ireland and Scotland adventure (that was my idea in the first place)!

And sometimes my mind did wander to poor me…

So I began to ask myself what adventures can I take myself on closer to home that are affordable and new?

Once the focus shifted to where I am, my list of places to explore exploded along with new (and always wanted to try) activities. It’s probably going to take me a couple of years to get through them all!

One of those activities is to find owls! So far I’ve photographed chickadees and hiding wood peckers, but still have a list of places to explore and seek for birds of prey. So if you are patient with me, I’ll be taking you on my owl seeking journeys.


And borrowing the words of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz “There’s no place like home,” is there?

What places near you have you yet to explore? Or activities still to try?

If in a place and time where travel and activities seem limited (and I know those times are tough), I pray God shows you the delight that’s in the very corners of your present places, filling your mind and heart with contentment.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.Β 

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12:13





17 thoughts on “The adventure around the corner…literally!

  1. I was just thinking about you yesterday, Lynn. I’ve missed your beautiful photos. I love chickadees! That is the sweetest little nugget! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous shots and for the reminder that it’s time to go exploring.

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    1. The chickadees are in abundance in the woodsy areas here. They don’t hibernate or head to warm places. And they are such happy birds it seems! Hard to photograph as they don’t stay still! Hope you get to go exploring just steps away, Jill!

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  2. I loved this, Lynn! Your words and photos reminded me of all the beauty I glimpsed yesterday as I drove the five hours home from my son’s marching band competition. There were so many times I wanted to pull over and snap some photos. I think I’m going to set aside some time to take pictures around Colorado, one of these days.

    But, even more than that, there is beauty nearby. Sometimes, we just need to open up our eyes to see it.

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    1. Five hours for marching band? That is a lot of driving! But so worth it when kids are involved. I look forward to seeing your pictures of Colorado, but in the meantime may you continue to see the beauty nearby. Have a wonderful weekend!


  3. I love this, Lynn! Your beautiful photos alone breathe life into my heart. And your words are so encouraging. I’m sorry your finances kept you from going on the trip you suggested, but your words here inspire me to be more aware of the adventures around the corner, even when I need to stay in our warm home during the cold. Would you believe it’s snowing here right now?! And we’ve been having record low temps for a while already. So your photos and words pick me up. πŸ™‚ In the summer I like to go on walks where I’m surrounded by nature instead of houses, but I am realizing if I open my eyes and heart more, there is so much nature even in the neighborhood. It was there that I found two butterflies on a lilac bush and God sent a special message to my heart. I love your adventures around the corner! πŸ™‚ Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Two butterflies on a lilac bush. How lovely! God speaks to you through butterflies as He knows you love their delicate beauty. We had a light snowfall here, yet have not had the cold you have had. You shall be seeing snowy pictures posted here from my corner soon! πŸ™‚ Love and blessings to you too Trudy!

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  4. Beautiful photos!

    “We become aware of what we think we are missing out on, and our awareness starts to focus on where we are not rather than where we are.”

    Lynn, this is such a good reminder and timely! I’ve just been looking at photos of my childhood home. It’s for sale on the Internet. Very faraway and long ago. πŸ™‚ But today is good! Here is good! I live in a beautiful place. My trip down Memory Lane has been a delight, but so is now.

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    1. Memory lane can be a delight. I like looking at pictures of times gone by, especially with other family members who may have also experienced that time and place. And yes, recognizing that today is good, and you live in a beautiful place puts a smile on my face too, Sandi!


  5. Lynn, I love your spirit, your choices, your willingness to ask this question –> ‘what adventures can I take myself on closer to home that are affordable and new?’

    It makes me wonder how many ‘around the corner’ moments we’ve missed because we were pining away for something beyond our reach.

    Thank you for your reflections – from the heart, from the lens.

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  6. This is such an important and much-needed message, Lynn!! You are SO RIGHT. We have so many gifts to explore right where we are and if we take the time to invest in searching for them- we’ll be surprised at what we can discover!

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