On my recent Oregon adventure we were driving an hour or so to Silver Falls State Park. It was cold and rainy and I was lost in my thoughts and a hot cup of coffee staring out the window as the scenery flashed by. I saw this idyllic driveway and just knew I had to capture it. I yelled Stop! at the driver, who thankfully was my husband Ken. He’s kind of getting used to this sort of thing. I jumped out and started shooting. It almost felt like a movie set because the scene was so perfect. An intense storm, compete with 70 mph winds, had battered the area a week early left a blanket of golden leaves flanking the drive and the always wet climate nurtured a path of moss growing down the center.
I turns out this is the driveway to the Alexeli Vineyard & Winery. Who wouldn’t want to take a drive down this delicious feast for the eyes with the reward of some spectacular wine at the end of the road? Smart.
As I was shooting I had the strange feeling that someone was watching me. I turned to look over my shoulder and was greeted by the friendliest group of alpacas I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. Apparently there is an alpaca farm next door. This guy was particularly curious about what I was doing in his neck of the woods. I fell for him instantly and wanted to smuggle him in my suitcase but, alas, he grew tired of me quickly. Our love was not meant to be. At least I have this image to remember him by.
I fell for him instantly and wanted to smuggle him in my suitcase but, alas, he grew tired of me quickly. Our love was not meant to be. At least I have this image to remember him by.
As you travel out to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving I hope you’ll make some quick stops along the way to enjoy the little things. They make life all the sweeter!