The Advantages of Country Life

Living in the country sure has it’s advantages. All you have to do is drive into the city to have that proven to you. I drove to St. Paul today, which is about 50 miles from where I live. Most of the way is country driving even though it’s freeway. (70mph) As soon as you get to the suburbs the traffic begins to thicken up and slow down. Slower is better when it comes to traffic but when you have to go 50 miles it takes you as long in the city as it did to get there.

Downtown St. Paul is a mass if high rises and skyscrapers mixed in with small, squat 100+ year old buildings. Lots of people and cars. I did what I went there for and got out. I can’t imagine what life would be like in a 20 story apartment building.

A few cars go by when Sophie and I are walking down our road out here and they all move over when they see us. Most people wave. The ditches are full this year with growth I haven’t seen since moving here.

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Just in this picture alone you can see about 10 different species of plants and grasses. The Cattails in the background are really thriving. We haven’t had any rain besides a couple of showers since June so it’s getting dry. We have a noticeable lack of frogs because of the dryness. Sophie is disappointed because she loves a good frog jerky to chew.

So it’s not hard to love country life. We have few visitors even though we’re only 4 miles from town. I’m 7 miles from work without any traffic to worry about and that’s the way I like it. When I can hear the leaves on the trees blowing in the breeze instead of cars on the road I know I’m in the right place.

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