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Monday, October 30, 2017

Late Fall Driveabout

I got to do one of my favorite things today... go out for a rural drive. It actually had a purpose. I decided to combine the Mason County Quilt Block Trail with quiet outdoor recreation and write my newspaper column about a way to see the blocks and get some exercise all in one day.

Here are some of my favorite pictures. Maybe more tomorrow.

This is the tunnel of trees on Conrad Road, pretty much around the corner from me. I've taken you there before (but I can't find the post, so no link).

Conrad Road tunnel of trees

Heading south, I thought I had discovered a great place to get a picture of The Three Sisters. But after comparing photos, I'm not sure that's what these are. I don't know what else they could be unless there are also three hills on the east side of Bass Lake. Maybe this angle is just different from the flat-on views.

Three Sisters

There are 11 Quilt Barns in Mason County. I won't show you all of them (today anyway). This one is mounted lower than most, and you drive in to see it. It's at the Jam Farm, so it's a business, not a private driveway. The Jam Lady has developed quite a local reputation. This block is called Michigan Beauty. It's a variation of the Arrowhead Star.

Michigan Beauty Quilt Barn

I'm giving you the long view of this barn on the Quilt Trail. The house is very old, and I liked the looks of the whole place. It's also interesting that the quilt block is The Windmill, and they have a wind turbine! (It looks like it's right between the house and the barn, but they are very large- it's really well past the barn)

farm with Windmill quilt block

Then I swung to the other side of the county, crossing the Pere Marquette River at Walhalla Road.

Walhalla Bridge

Even though the general color never developed in the trees this year, there are occasional spots of brilliance. This is on Dewey Road.

Dewey Road fall color

It rained off and on all day, but I went out and did this anyway, because my column is due! At the very end of the day we got a reminder that it really is LATE fall, soon to become winter. Hail!


What do you think of Quilt Trails? Interesting or hokey?

Accountability Report:
I edited Chapter 53 of Dead Mule Swamp Druggist, started Chapter 54 and did some research so I don't mess up. Not much writing, though. Not good.
I really spent all day working on the newspaper column. Good thing I'm not counting on that for real income. I spent most of what I earn just on the gas.

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The Furry Gnome said...

I really enjoy those quilt barn trails, pehaps because I know how much work goes into making an actual quilt. For that matter there's a lotmore work that goes into making a barn quilt than most people realize (like 8-10 coats of paint and sealer). And if it gets more people out enjoying a country drive, why not?

vanilla said...

Fun trail, nice pix. The first one is special.

Rick (Ratty) said...

This was fun. A good country drive can be very relaxing and interesting.

Ann said...

I love the look of the barn quilts so a quilt barn trail is interesting to me