Thursday, July 30, 2015

Around the Clubhouse

The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // tea with lemon
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // tea with lemon
Between traveling and zipping around for various projects, it's been nice to catch a few moments at home. One of my favorite things about traveling is coming home again and enjoying all the mundane things that you coundn't enjoy while on the road. I even appreciated doing landry - i.e. it was nice to get all my sweaty, dusty, packed-up clothes clean and freash again!

✽ My favorite way to start the day is with a cup of tea. Sometimes I take it with milk, and sometimes with lemon. 
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // painting
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // green painting
✽ It's been ages since I've painted. It feels good to pull out the brushes and paint again.
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // thrifted shirts
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // thrifted finds
✽ I've had an incredible lucky streak when it comes to thrifting. (Sadly, it's over now). Some of my recent finds are two much-needed blouses, a metallic clutch and a gorgeous pair of black heels. (The last two are for an up-comming event). The blouse with the aqua-colored pattern is a silk-cotton blend and feels delicious to wear. It had a yellowed stain on the front that came out easily by soaking in water and vinegar.
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // rose of sharon
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // rose of sharon
✽ The rose of sharon outside our place is beautiful this year.
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // braided rag rug
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // braided rag rug
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse // braided rag rug
✽ Traditional arts. I'm a little obsessed with rugs - all kinds of rugs. Rugs are expensive, however. I decided to attempt my own braided rag rug. Incidentally, I've also been getting more organized and trying to clear some space. Making a rag rug is an excellent way to quickly eleminate a fabric scrap collection. The braiding itself was fun and went by quickly, but now I've started to sew the braids together by hand, and the going is very slow. Maybe I'll have a nice rag rug by next winter!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunset Picnic

The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - blackberries
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - queen anne's lace
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - Santa Claus melon
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - Santa Claus melon
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - wildflower
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - black-eyed susans
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic - black-eyed susans
The Flying Clubhouse: Sunset Picnic
The other day was the anniversary of our engagement. We had both forgotten about it, but we happened to have planned a nice picnic date by coincidence. We grabbed some sandwiches from a sub shop, brought along a melon, and drove up into the mountains to the Blowing Rock area to catch the sunset. The melon was a "Santa Claus" - one we had never tried before. We didn't have time to eat it on our picnic, however, because we were running late and the sun was sinking. (We ate it the next day - it was similar to honeydew).

We hurried up Flat Top Mountain at Moses Cone Memorial Park to the old firetower. Just in time we caught the sunset. Our 2.8-mile hike down was in the dark, of course, and far more spooky than I anticipated. The Cones are actually burried off of this trail in a pine grove, but that sort of thing doesn't bother me. I was afraid of rounding a corner and seeing a big black bear. Fortunatly, we only encounted small creatures - rabbits and toads. It was a beautiful evening, and the best unintintional anniversary date we ever had.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On the Road

The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road - peephole sunrise
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road - Juniper
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road
The Flying Clubhouse: On the Road
We spent only twelve days on the road, but it seemed much longer since we covered 5000+ miles. We really fell in love with road tripping. It was an adventure staying in all kinds of motels and towns - most of them pleasant, some not so much, but all of them different. Since this vacation to the Grand Canyon and beyond was a new experience for us, I've tried to note all the little things that we enjoyed and found useful on this road trip.

Favorite road trip travel hacks:

✽ A child's travel toothbrush kit. I use a soft toothbrush anyway and I really appreciated the suction cup stand at the end of my kiddie toothbrush (really great for keeping your toothbrush clean on questionable motel sink counters).
✽ Comfortable travel shoes. I mostly wore a comfy pair of moccasins. Not only did they go with all of my outfits, but they were great for walking and they were easy to slip on and off in the car.
✽ A box of wet wipes were really handy for spot-cleaning spills on car seats and clothes.
✽ Protein bars and squeezable fruit and veggie packs. We lived on these! We usually ate these for breakfast and lunch and we were able to save money and keep on driving through the day.
✽ A cooler for keeping meltables and spoilables while you're on desert excursions - especially useful for meds, makeup and protien bars, but also anything else you might want to protect. (It was so hot in the car my husband's flipflops melted. :-/)
✽ A tube of travel sunscreen that clips on the strap of your bag. This was great for refreshing sunscreen while out on a walk. I didn't even have to stop and fish around in my backpack.
✽ Moisturizer - this is something I left behind and regretted! The air is so dry in the Southwest, my hands and face were really missing some lotion.

A few things I fell in love with:

California condors
✽ Seeing the sunrise through a motel door peephole
✽ Juniper trees
Hopi Art
✽ Mesas and buttes
Cliff dwellings
✽ Getting up early and hitting the road
✽ Driving through the San Juan Mountains, CO

I'm already itching to go on another road trip, and it looks like there may be more travel on the horizon this year. What are you favorite road trip hacks and road trip loves?

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mesa Verde

The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree House
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - cactus
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree House
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - fuzzy bee butt
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - bee
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Kiva
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree House
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
Visiting Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, was a fascinating trip. The drive from the visitor's center and entrance to area of cliff-dwellings we visited was on a gorgeous windy road. I finally understood why the place was called Mesa Verde - it was so green and lush. I wasn't familiar with this part of the country and I was expecting more of a desert. 

We decided to go at our own pace, so we didn't sign up for any tours, but this time of year you can walk around Spruce Tree House without a guide, so that's what we did right after exploring the museum. Seeing (and walking) where the Ancestral Puebloans lived was a remarkable experience. Afterward, we drove to the Cliff Palace overlook and admired the view - imagining what it would be like to live there 700+ years ago. I'm really interested in learning more about the Ancestral Puebloans, and plan on seeking out some books and documentaries (recommendations welcome)!

I read Kathryn's post on Kitsune-Kun about Mesa Verde a couple years ago. Like Kathryn, my husband and I are big fans of the Nancy Drew games and we also had feelings of geeky delight about exploring a pueblo cliff-dwelling similar to the one in The Secret of Shadow Ranch. ;-D 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley

The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley - globemallow
The Flyling Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
The Flying Clubhouse: U.S. Route 163 Through Monument Valley
We headed north through Monument Valley on Route 163. Sadly, we didn't have time to go into the Navajo Tribal Park. Someday we'll go back. Acceptance that seeing everything just isn't possible was a significant part of our road trip! We had an incredible time admiring Monument Valley from U.S. Route 163, though.

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