Thursday, October 24, 2013


October has been an absolutely brilliant and beautiful season in our neck of the woods this year.  Every opportunity we have had to be outside, Larry and I have taken advantage of it.  One recent Sunday when it seemed silly to stay home, we ventured out to the DTour, a 50-mile drive that was organized as part of Fermentation Fest, a celebration of art and agriculture and an appreciation for the beauty of our rural Wisconsin countryside.  As we drove out of Reedsburg on County Road K, my jaw dropped.  The landscape couldn't have been more exquisite.  The undulating hills, pristine farms nestled into verdant valleys and autumn color that was nearly at its peak just about took our breath away.  How could we ever be so fortunate to live in an environment as beautiful as this?  To make the road trip all the more enjoyable, Fermentation Fest organizers had positioned some 39 stops, including educational signs, live entertainment, local food vendors and installations of art, along the way. Whether it's the DTour or not, I'll gladly take that detour again and again as a reminder of the natural beauty all around me every single day.

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