W: War Eagle Mill

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W: War Eagle Mill

war eagle1War Eagle Mill. Here’s another favorite stopping place when I go visit my dad in Arkansas. If we’re not at Terra Studios, we’re here. It’s a historic site and also has a lot of beauty. We wander around, sit by the stream, enjoy a peaceful day in nature … and then pop inside for some of the grains they’ve ground there at the mill, and to get a delicious snack from the restaurant upstairs.

If you’re around the Northwest Arkansas area, make sure to look up War Eagle Mill.

11045 War Eagle Rd | Rogers, Arkansas 72756 Open Daily: March 6 – Jan. 1 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Winter Hours: Jan. 2 – Feb 28 | Closed. 1-866-492-7324 | Contact

http://www.wareaglemill.com/

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T: Terra Studios

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0T: Terra Studios, Fayetteville, Arkansas

This is a repost of a prior blog. (March 6, 2015) Every word still stands true, this is my very favorite place in the world, other than a beach. I wish I lived closer so I could visit every week!

terra1Where’s my Shangri-La? If it’s not at Laguna Beach, or any other craggy, rocky cove overlooking an ocean visit, my next favorite place to be is at TERRA STUDIOS in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This ten acre wonderland is full of delightful nooks and crannies. Peaceful and serene, the land is filled with whimsical sculptures showcasing the glass art and pottery done on the premises. Sculpture gardens are outfitted with fantasy creatures, murals, fountains, and interactive art. Benches, picnic tables, and plenty of seating places are scattered around the grounds, giving visitors a place to sit, relax, and reflect.

A favorite spot, where I usually catch my dad when we’re visiting Terra Studios, is on the swings under a shady arbor, overlooking the lake.

terra3A full size traditional 7-channel labyrinth was installed in 2003. The founder’s grandsons worked hard to construct the labyrinth using huge slabs of Wedington Limestone.

When you’ve had your fill of the serene outdoor experience (I doubt it’s possible), wander indoors where you can catch glassblowing demonstrations, with glass artists creating the Bluebirds of Happiness that Terra Studios is known for. Glassblowing demonstrations are from noon to 4 p.m., March 15th through the first weekend in January.

Pottery demonstrations frequently take place in another building . Several galleries exhibit pottery and have handcrafted items from many different artists available for sale. I think of Terra Studios every morning when I drink my orange juice from the delightful hand crafted mug with dragonflies careening around the sides.

Classes, tours, musical performances and other events round out the offerings. Check their web site for specific information on the classes or other events.

terra4Terra Studios is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily, excepting Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and days of inclement weather.

And the best part of all … it’s FREE! Totally free, unless you want to adopt a dragonfly mug or unique pair of earrings to bring home with you to remind you of the serene day spent amongst art and nature.

R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

riley fuzzyEstablished in 2005, the 25-acre Peckinpaugh Preserve merges 10 acres generously donated by Mrs. Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard and 15 acres contributed by the Houston Audubon Society.

The preserve is named in honor of Mrs. Hubbard’s parents. Mrs. Hubbard’s father, William Thomas Peckinpaugh, purchased the land in the 1920’s. The preserve is located adjacent to the new Riley Fuzzel Road bridge. Spring Creek forms the southern boundary of this beautifully wooded preserve, with undeveloped forest land and the Spring Trails subdivision to the north. The preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy, formerly known as Legacy Land Trust.

riley fuzzy2A canoe launch has opened at the end of Old Riley Fuzzel Road, adjacent to the Peckinpaugh Preserve, which offers direct access to Spring Creek. The preserve contains 2,385 linear feet or almost one-half of a mile of frontage along the banks of Spring Creek.

http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/naturecenter.htm

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Q: Quotes about Nature

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0Q: Quotes about Nature

Q … lovely, perplexing Q. I’m taking the easy way out on this A to Z letter of the day and using QUOTES about nature.

Now admittedly, I’m only presenting my own view. To many people, Shangri La may not include nature. Their idea of the best place in the world may be a night club or a party. That may be their Shangri-La. Mine, and since I’m writing this blog I get to choose the places, my Shangri-La always includes a piece of nature. So for today, the Letter ‘Q’ brings you …

Inature quote1n nature, all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive, moving, reproductive; it is therefore … useful, because it is symmetrical and fair. Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir (1838–1914)

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail. ~John Muir, Our National Parks

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther

nature quote2I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. ~Osho

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Life, 1967 December 22nd

After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens. ~Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. ~William Blake

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. ~Helen Keller

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N: J. T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

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N: J. T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

JT NickleThe J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve is the largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozarks. The preserve was formed in 2000 as the result of a land gift from the John Nickel Family. This 17,000-acre landscape rests in eastern Oklahoma’s rolling Cookson Hills and overlooks the Illinois River. Spring-fed creeks meander amid a rugged topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys harboring a mosaic of oak-hickory forest, lofty pine woodland, and a diverse mix of savanna, shrubland, and prairie. The preserve provides optimal habitat for a suite of uncommon breeding bird species, including some whose survival requires large blocks of intact habitat.

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oklahoma/placesweprotect/j-t-nickel-family-nature-and-wildlife-preserve.xml

D: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0D: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

descanso lilacsRight in the middle of southern California, close to the merging 210 and 10 freeways, sets a sprawling Shangri-La space, acres and acres of nature, paths, and floral delights.

  • Descanso Gardens, in La Canada Flintridge, is home to several specific garden areas.
  • Oak Woodland: A mix of woodland, meadow and chaparral plants.
  • Rose Garden: 5 acres containing over 3,000 roses, many of them historic and award winners.
  • Japanese Garden: A blend of tea gardens, strolling gardens and zen gardens.
  • Oak Forest: This garden of Coast Live Oaks is the remainder of the original forest in the area. Many of the oaks are centuries old.
  • Nature’s Table: An edible garden filled with fruit trees, seasonal vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
  • Camellia Collection: North America’s largest Camellia collection
  • Lilac Garden: Over 400 lilacs of 250 different types.

Descanso Gardens is celebrating Earth Day with a Festival: April 25th and 26th.

Something is blooming year round at Descanso Gardens. This is what you can see when you visit:descanso poppies

  • JANUARY: Camellias, cherry trees and winter annuals
  • FEBRUARY: Camellias, magnolias, cherry trees and daffodils
  • MARCH: Tulips, camellias, irises, lilacs, cherry trees, clivia and daffodils
  • APRIL: Azaleas, camellias, irises, lilacs, native plants and wildflowers and wisteria
  • MAY: Roses, azaleas, camellias, irises, wildflowers and California natives
  • JUNE: Modern and heritage roses and summer annuals
  • JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER: Roses, summer annuals and perennials, crape myrtle, and cassia
  • OCTOBER: Sasanqua camellias, roses and fall foliage
  • NOVEMBER: Camellias, toyon berries, annuals, gingko and fall foliage
  • DECEMBER: Camellias, toyon berries, annuals and ginkgo.

https://www.descansogardens.org/

Hours Descanso Gardens is open daily except for Christmas. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm (last entry is 4:30 pm). There is ample free parking. The Boddy House is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm The Sturt Haaga Gallery is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm when an exhibition is on view. The gallery presents three 10-week exhibits per year.

descanso gardens mapDo you have a favorite place where you like to go retreat and find peace? Where is it at? Leave us a comment about your favorite sanctuary location. We’d love to know!

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, a mecca to artists, outdoorsmen and those on a spiritual quest, lies south of Flagstaff, boasting an array of brilliant red and orange sandstone formations. The awe striking natural formations that surround the land beckon to travelers seeking a serene place for recreation and introspection. I’ve only been there once. I long to return.

McD in SedonaMy days in Sedona were spent visiting only a handful of the artists’ studios that abound. I think one of my favorite sights was the local McDonalds. No golden arches here. In Sedona they boast turquoise arches. After some galleries, we traveled to Chapel of the Holy Cross. A drive up the winding road to the top for a tour and the grandiose view is definitely a must if you’re in the area. A trip to Oak Creek Canyon, once I could drag myself away, led us north to Flagstaff, where we still encountered some snow in patches, although it was April.

According to Wikipedia, “The first Anglo settler, John J. Thompson, moved to Oak Creek Canyon in 1876. The early settlers were farmers and ranchers. Oak Creek Canyon was well known for its peach and apple orchards. In 1902, when the Sedona post office was established, there were 55 residents. In the mid-1950s, the first telephone directory listed 155 names. Some parts of the Sedona area were not electrified until the 1960s.”

sedonaThere’s definitely more than 55 residents now. Wikipedia reports that “Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness.”

If you make a trip to Sedona, and I definitely recommend a March or April trip as opposed to an August visit, be sure to check out some of these locations.

Oak Creek Canyon: a breathtaking 14 mile scenic tour between Sedona and Flagstaff

http://www.arizona-leisure.com/oak-creek-canyon-drive.html

Chapel of the Holy Cross:

http://www.chapeloftheholycross.com/store/default.asp#.VQMvz5VFBMs

Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness

http://www.dreamsedona.com/secret-mountain-wildrness.html