It's safe to say that your mental state benefits from a change in scenery. Between winter's agoraphobia inducing snowstorms and taking on a new job, I've been spending most of my time trying to find a foothold here. Summer's finally arrived and I'm back from adventures in the south, so naturally it was time for some exploring.
Oddly enough Indiana isn't on central time, so we sneak in an extra hour (give or take) of sunlight each night. There are occasions where the sun doesn't set until nine or even ten o'clock. Inspired by this extended golden hour, and my desire to dig into new surroundings, I went on a couple of adventures.
Because I can't help myself, I made a playlist that fits right in with the haze of the twilight hour - be it morning or evening. It's primarily inspired by Love, the latest record from Amen Dunes, which is quickly becoming my favorite of the year.
After wrapping up at work on Thursday, I split for McCormick's Creek with my friend Shelly, the mastermind behind all things delicious at Vegetarian Ventures. This state park's about a twenty minute drive outside of town - totally worth it. Hiking around the creek with Tuko in tow (pictured above) would've been refreshing any weekend, but was down right therapeutic after sitting at my desk all day.
Along with a team of wonderful, creative folks Shelly has put together a Midwestern magazine that celebrates our slice of the map and all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Most people don't realize how much the Midwest has to offer - but it's such a culturally rich and creatively supportive place to live/visit. Driftless Magazine is a totally ad-free, independent quarterly that features stories, recipes, guides, essays and more. Check out what Shelly has to say about the project, and how it came together, first-hand. Absolutely inspiring stuff. Personally, I can't wait to read it! Certainly makes me proud to be a new member of this creative Midwestern community.
If you'd like to pre-order a copy + contribute visit their Indiegogo page!
Last Saturday I felt it'd be a good idea to wake up in time to see the sunrise at nearby Lake Griffy. Mind you I was up so late that I only snagged three hours of sleep. Out of stubbornness I crawled out of bed in time to beat the sun to the lake. Bodies of water are calming on many levels, even subconsciously. The relief you feel when looking out across a lake/river/ocean is almost instantaneous. Imagine then how you'd feel watching this scene as the sun worked its way up in the sky.