Taking in Life Around Me....#Sundaystills...Theme: Roads, Streets and Paths

This #sundaystills challenge is hosted by Terri from Second Wind LeisureIt's a great themed photography challenge that you'll enjoy. I love seeing the other participants interpretation of the theme each week...it causes me to think outside the box. I joined in hopes of it pushing me to get out and take more photos...I have to some degree, but I also like that Terri is okay with us finding photos in our archives, which is also a lot of fun. So check out my photos and then head over to Terri's page to participate or visit other's posts. There are some awesome contributors who always inspire me.

This weeks theme is Roads, Streets, and Paths. 

Are you a Hodophile? "A lover of roads; one who loves to travel". I am. I will always be up for a road trip, take the scenic route, go off the beaten path (well, okay, maybe not so much that one because I don't want to get lost, get into poison something or other or eaten by a bear). 

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by" Robert Frost.

Wow. New York streets are crazy busy. There's no way I'd want to drive them. We sure had fun walking the sidewalks though. 
There's nothing like a trail through the woods. Especially if there aren't a lot of people on it and you can enjoy the sounds of nature around you. When we visited Orcas Island, we enjoyed a few hikes that were pretty peaceful and only a few people here and there. 
This is the hill up to our road...I love this hill in every season. It's so pretty. I love walking it and hearing the birds. However, I also DO NOT like all the trees that look like they're about to fall on the road. In 2015 we had a pretty good wind storm in December that knocked several trees off the hillside. My father in law had come up to do something, and in the time between when he was at our house and when he left, this happened. He came back, got our chainsaw and while he cut the trees, another gal and I tossed them over the edge. Yikes. Good thing no one was on the hill when it happened. 
A few weeks ago I drove over to our local tulip fields to grab a few pictures before work. I wanted to get lower to get a picture of the path between them but I also didn't want to get dirty since I was going to work. Another time!
Last Tuesday, I walked from the auto shop back home which is about 1.7 miles. As I was walking through a particular neighborhood, I remember a sidewalk that was between the houses that we used to ride bikes on when our girls were little. I'm not sure where we were going to, perhaps just around the neighborhoods, but I wanted to see if it was still there and sure enough it was. 
I'm not sure if I mentioned it here, but our oldest daughter has a mobile coffee cart business (she recently started it). Saturday we helped her set up and take down from a local event she was at. This is at The Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Lilac Days runs through May 14th. The grounds are stunning with beautiful. If you live within driving distance, I definitely recommend it.

Our hill in the fall! Probably my favorite season! 
My favorite stays at the beach are when we have a house with beach access...love taking a sandy path to the beach. 
On our trip to the New England states, it was pretty cool to see so many streets and sidewalks that still had original brick. 

This was part of the Freedom Trail in Boston. It's a 2.5 mile path that connects 16 historic sites. We walked it on our last day in Boston before heading to the airport. We didn't really stop and linger because we didn't have that much time. I wish we had.

This path up to the top of Beacon Rock had me nervous in spots, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It is a mile long switch back trail. 

The streets in Italy and Switzerland are so narrow. I'm so glad I didn't drive. The top is in Switzerland. I didn't get any photos of narrow roads in Italy, probably because I was too nervous. 
Venice's roads are it's waterways. You arrive to the historic part of the city by car or bus, but then are transported to a water taxi. The remainder of your stay is done by foot or by boat, which we found enjoyable. 
Walking the streets of Murano (above) and Como (below). Como has many areas that are cut off to cars, with wide walking paths. 

More of Venice's canals above and below. 

With Joy Unquenchable,


  1. Your own area has lots of beautiful roads and pathways, Kirstin. Those felled trees reminded me of where my father lives in the Sierras and that image looked startlingly like one I took a few years ago, LOL! Gotta love the "roads" in Venice, and those quaint cobblestone paths in various cities in Europe. My brother mentioned he enjoyed walking in NYC, too, and refused to actually drive! Great to see your post this week, enjoy it!

    1. THank you Terri. I agree...there are so many neat areas around here! Unique paths and roads fascinate me.

  2. Wow Kirstin your post is like a travelog! You've featured some spectacular roads, paths and streets (and waterways) in your post with fabulous photos. I love that we both used the word hodophile :)

    1. Hee hee, thank you Deb. I do love going places! I know, when I saw you used the word to, I chuckled. Great minds think alike

  3. I love your selection of photos, Kirstin 💚 The beach is gorgeous and that path to Beacon Rock…wow! Wonderful images, all of them.

  4. I'm awestruck by all the places you've visited and the photos you've captured. You've captured so many splendid sites. It's nice you share them with us. I'd love to stay at a beachfront place with that view! WOW. My little trail from a critter at the end of our driveway doesn't quite do it 🤣 I hope you're having a great week!


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