Sunday, September 18, 2011


I have been easing back in to the routine of kids going to school, and me picking kids up from various activities. Vinny decided to play football after all, and Nina is playing volleyball, so after I get off work at 4:30 I usually end up doing errands and then waiting until about 6 when they are done with practice. When the weather is nice, and there are no games to watch, I've been spending my time at Banning State Park, which surrounds the school grounds. This has become one of my favorite places. The Kettle River cuts through a sandstone gorge, creating amazing rock formations. I like to walk down by the river, or sometimes I find a rock outcrop high above the river and I sit and read, write, or just unwind. I would hesitate to call what I do meditation, although I am trying to learn meditation and make it a part of my life. Life is just so noisy, so chaotic, sometimes I need to quiet the thoughts that keep racing around in my mind. The river, with its constant rushing and tumbling on rocks, helps.


Anonymous said...

That's a lovely spot you've got there. Reminds me of places I've seen in the Ozarks. The Kettle River--I've heard that Nimaji pottery is made from clay somewhere along the Kettle River.
Vickie in KC

webb said...

What a wonderful place to just relax and enjoy yourself and nature. A real gift to yourself.

Floridacracker said...

Just the thing for a busy Mom.

Deb said...

Vickie- I looked up Nemadji pottery, and while it was made from clay from the nearby Nemadji River, the factory was located in a town called Kettle River, named for this very river. They stopped making it in 2002 I guess. Thanks for commenting!

Webb- It is an amazing spot, and I am wondering why I have not spent much more time here.

FC- Sure beats the school parking lot. Too bad it will be too dark and cold and icy and slippery to spend my waiting time here during basketball season!

Rabbi Gershom said...

Beautiful shot of the Kettle River -- In the past I've hiked into the park from from the Sandstone end and up to Wolf Creek Falls -- didn't get in there this year, tho. Will have to mkae that rek again soon.