A couple of friends of mine went on a hike along the Appalachian Trail, took a pic. of their packs at Max Patch, NC. They hiked from there 22 miles and 2 days later, to Hot Springs, NC. Then requested a sketch of their pic. While I get a lot of pleasure in sketching, I find it nearly embarrassing to try to capture the beauty of nature. Who can do that??
On a recent day trip to McCall, while driving, the river right there a few yards from the highway, I took a mental snapshot and drew this from that picture in my head. Yes, I imagine in cartoony-sketches, which is fun.
Highway 55 North from Boise to McCall. Probably my all-time favorite drives and I’ve driven this a few hundred times over the years and it never gets old. Winding along the Payette River thru the mountains, raging whitewater next to the highway, snow capped mountains, wildlife, ascending to over 5,280 feet by the time you get to McCall, complete with crisp, cool clean air and the overwhelming scent of pine trees.
If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you have a story. I’ve heard many and none of them are pleasant. Some people can wallow in it, or as we say in our family, “waller” in it and have no reaction at all from the plant to those who will only have to look at this sketch and will get a rash…my apologies. If you aren’t sure where you fit on the scale, I’ve given a detailed illustration of what to look for if you are the outdoors type and enjoy a walk in the forest or woods. Simply find the plant, stop, drop and roll in it to see what your immunity levels are. Hey, I’m here to help.
The lost art of common sense comes in handy when going out on a day hike, of course you don’t really need all this, because the more you carry, the heavier it gets and you want to actually enjoy your walk and not having to feel like you’re in boot camp. If you’re just taking a stroll along a path around a lake at a State Park, water and a camera may be fine . The greater the adventure, the more you might want to consider. You’ll know what is important to you. All I know is, Spring is coming and Outdoors is calling!
I’m always amazed by nature and the glory it gives to our Creator. And I doubt we will ever come to the end of all there is to see. What I do see, is the imagination and creativity at a whole new level. I found this on my recent trip to Tennessee, waaay back in the mountains. I literally reached down to pick up what looked like an amazing tiny carving of a wooden shield with a cross on it. (In Tennessee, they’d call it, “whittling” or as they would say, “we-ut-lin” ) Just as I’m thinking somebody has lost an unbelievable piece of work, all of a sudden, it flies away. After some research, I found out it’s called a Clymene Haploa Moth.