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Out For a Drive–Barns, Goats, and an Empty Pond

Today was a PERFECT day to go out for a drive…and our journey took us to barns, goats, and an empty pond.

I know I have shared numerous times how much the hubby and I love to just drive around our area because it truly is beautiful. He knows the sure fire way to distract me from missing NYC is to take me out into the country where I am smothered in rolling hillsides, farmhouses, barns, silos, and livestock surrender Out For a Drive  Barns, Goats, and an Empty Pond.

Joshua {our 16 year old} was a willing companion today, so we decided to go off down a {new to me, I think} road. The hubby said he took me here a while ago, but I am not convinced.

I believe I would have remembered something about this particularly picturesque {and rather dusty} road.

We started off going north on Rte 191 and made a left at Rileyville corners. Heading down a mile or so, we turned onto Lower Woods Pond Rd {at least I am pretty sure that was the name of it big smile Out For a Drive  Barns, Goats, and an Empty Pond}.

Sadly, this past winter, the Lower Woods Pond had to be drained as a result of damage to a damn and bridge. The hubby and boys have fished there often, so when Josh saw it emptied out he was kind of said.

I did get some interesting photos though. Unfortunately, there is no projected date of repair as the cost is said to be a couple million dollars.

This is a picture I found on-line of what the pond/lake looked like before it was drained:

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This is what it looked like today. It is kind of cool to walk across it, but there are MANY frogs, snakes, bugs, and soft spots…so if you do walk through…watch your step! Josh found some fishing lures :0).
Evidence of someone that apparently got stuck in the mire! It was a kids size boot and looked so out of place.

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Joshua in the center of the pond.

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On the other side of the pond, the natural pond area is still there, but they say it will take years before it recovers smiley cry Out For a Drive  Barns, Goats, and an Empty Pond.

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There were neat little rock steps…

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Then Jim walked across this bridge and advised me to avoid the {VERY} loose boards. I would have taken a picture were I not scared for my life {or at LEAST an ankle!!}

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The wildflowers in this area are so beautiful!

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24 <Tweet

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There are a lot of mushrooms and I think it is because not many people visit this area since the pond was drained. There is a fairy story waiting to be written! 

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  To give perspective of the size of this one, here is Joshua’s hand over it!
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Just wanted to add what NOT to wear when you go for a drive with my husband. He ALWAYS insists we won’t be getting out and yet somehow, we ALWAYS do. After 30 years of knowing him you would think I would learn!

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New found out buildings, barns, and silos:

 

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The Endless Mountains/Pocono Mountains meeting in the distance.

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And of course, we must always see some sort of animal on our drives. This deer was very concerned with what we were doing.

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There’s no better lawn mower than goats. After our chickens next year, I am seriously considering a pair of pigmy goats!

 

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Finally, you KNOW it would be next to impossible for us to go out and not stop at least ONE place searching for ‘Tiques or vintage finds. Today we stopped at the Rileyville Grange where they hold a flea market every weekend until fall. Their prices were excellent, they are eager to haggle, and you can pick up a cold bottle of drink for a buck! 

I added a vintage office supply tin to my collection from last week. Hidden inside were two hand-made fishing flies!

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AND….we found a LARGE sock monkey for Joshua. Josh named him Gary. He is quite philosophically minded.

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That’s all she wrote friends. On day 7 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and so far, the daily writing has not been a chore. Welcome to my new readers. Looking forward to getting to know you all better.

What kind of area do you live in? Rural? Urban? The ‘Burbs? Share a photo or two…or link to a post you may have done about your world! There’s beauty to be found everywhere!

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18 Responses

  1. How very interesting! Wish we could find places like these near us. Though I must say you are very brave trodding where snakes are.

    So why was the Pond drained?

    I love the sock monkey.

    • donnao

      Tola…where are in this great big world of ours :)? The snakes are generally not poisonous :0). I have actually stepped on mote than one in our yard…BARE footed!!! Not sun, but I lived :0).
      The pond was dried up because there was dam and bridge damage which had the potential of causing it to leak down to the homes in the nearby area. The part that was allowed to dry out was actually the man made section. It was sad t see it like this, but with all the flooding there has been in this part of the US, it was wise to let it do so. We have dozens of other bodies of water for fishing and stuff, so we are glad there were alternatives!
      My sock monkey son is still a kid at 16! I love that he still loves those quirky items <3.
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. beautiful scenery:) looks like it was a lovely drive! we enjoyed the sun today…first time since tuesday or wed. nice to see the ground drying out from all the sogginess!
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    • donnao

      The rain has been nutty, right! What odd weather all over the country. God is keeping us on our toes! The heat for NE Pa has been brutal…93 today. We usua;;y only get that mid August and eve then only for a day or two. I know for Texas, the 90′s is like at Christmas..heehee…but around here, I run for the air conditioner!

  3. I feel like I was with you today. Really enjoyed my country drive.
    We live in rural Michigan just 2 miles outside of 3 small towns. The largest of the three has less than four thousand peoples. There lives a famous and beautiful depot in the crux of railroad tracks leading travelers and goods to all directions throughout Michigan and beyond.

    If you’d like to see it, google Union Station Durand, Michigan
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    • donnao

      Michigan looks like such a lovely state to visit. Very “all-American”! We really want to visit Makinak Island one day. We read a book about it’The Young Voyager”-when the kids were young. It would be cool to visit a place without cars…a far cry from Brooklyn, NY {which is where I lived for 33+ years :) } Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. If those flies need a good home you know where to send them! Great photos. (send flies to Debi) Lovely area and really fun to see one of your local deer. (send flies to Debi) Ours look a little different so it’s fun to see how they vary across the country. (send flies to Debi) Nice job sister! (end of subliminal messages)
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    • donnao

      So……what you are saying is that the flies are WORTHY of actually fishing with??? We weren’t sure because, well, they are old! Who uses OLD fishing flies??? HAHAHAH. JK. You do know the hubby will be teaching me to fish this year, right??? aybe a trip out to the northwest will be in order next year…you know…in order to show off my new skills!!! :)

  5. I love wildflowers and old barns. Great photos :)
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  6. Looks like a pretty nice way to spend some time with family. We don’t do that often enough. Great pictures. I love old barns, and we have a lot of them here in Wisconsin. Looking forward to your next post.
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    • donnao

      Wisconsin! On my list of places to visit :). Once the hubby is retired and we get our little RV…off we go to find old barn, outbuildings, and farms across America! Thanks for commenting…I often post pics of the beautiful area we live in. I miss NYC, but LOVE the beauty of where we are now!

  7. Gorgeous! I am missing the Northeast terribly today. This didn’t help! =)
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    • donnao

      OH! I am sorry you are missing this area. Chin up and enjoy the memories as opposed to being sad you are not here. Embrace your world…find something pretty and take a picture!!

  8. Joy Pence from Ohio

    Beautiful pictures. I love the old barns especially. We have had a lot of rain, but I am not complaining, our garden is drinking it up and the corn is very very happy. Last year at this time we were in the beginning of a drought, so it can rain!!

    • donnao

      The rain! I have a love hate relationship with it here in NE PA. We need it, but it has also caused so much damage to roads and personal property 0_0. It also allows us the avoid mowing the lawn as ya can;t do it in the rain. BUT, that also means a very long grass to take care of when it stops. I feel like we went from winter to rain to summer…mot enough spring :). Thanks for stopping by!

  9. You got some really lovely photos. Seems like you’re getting quite adjusted to your life in the country now. :)
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    • donnao

      Adjusted…yes. I have to admit that life here is peaceful and calm…and just a little boring sometimes. Then the child of a friend of mine posts something about seeing murderers feleeing the scene of an accident on Utica Ave. in Brooklyn and I think “Hmmm, maybe boring is a good thing!” :0).

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