Write Anywhere 084: Montana Food Hop

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Are you a food adventurer? Do you like to travel through food?

I’ve always been an adventurous eater. I think I owe that to three things: Continue reading

Write Anywhere 083: Montana Mountains

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Do you ever wish you could get away from it all?

One of this year’s many challenges has been to keep on task with my Write Anywhere goals of finding interesting and inspiring places to stir up my writing creativity. Finances, Keeper Hubby’s health, as well as my own aches and pains, have kept me home at times when I would have liked to go out exploring new spots and practicing my writing and photography skills.

I love the challenge of going other places for two reasons: it helps me be present and focused by making specific times for creativity, and it helps me push down the symptoms of panic disorder that would prefer me to lock myself away. Sometimes that’s hard to deal with, but my creative voice is more valuable to me than the discomfort I deal with when I make myself vulnerable by getting out in public venues.

I didn’t expect the situation to change much through this year and had resigned myself to that fact with more than a hint of frustration. But at the end of fall sweet Hubby made it possible for me to take a much-needed caregiver’s break to explore a fascinating place with some of my favorite people. Continue reading

Write Anywhere #38

I love making time for creativity. Sometimes it is spur-of-the-moment and sometimes there’s an elaborate plan, but carving out space for creative pursuits always pays off for me. I hope you’re inspired by these weekly Write Anywhere venues as well. This week I went to one of my favorite places. If nature inspires you, I think you’ll like it, too.

Write Anywhere #38: Wichita Mountains

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, near Lawton, Oklahoma

After the encouragement of a weekend with writers at the OWFI writers’ conference, I drove about 1 1/2 hours south of Oklahoma City to the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge to explore and write. People are surprised that there are mountains in Oklahoma. They aren’t huge, like the Rockies, but they are mountains nonetheless. Other mountain ranges in Oklahoma include the Kiamichis and the Arbuckles. The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge became part of the National Refuge system by order of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905, two years before Oklahoma became a state.

I am writing what I hope will become a novella with the Wichitas as a setting, so I needed to do research in the area. It was the perfect time of year to visit. I took over 100 photographs, so I tried to pick the best ones to let you get an idea of what a beautiful place it is.

The mountains makes you think of ancient things

The drive to the top of Mt. Scott is scary in a tiny car that blows in the wind, and I was  impressed with the many motorcycles and bicyclists tackling the mountain.

Beautiful birds danced on the wind.

A wildfire in September of 2011 burned almost 50% of the refuge’s acreage.

The rocks in this creek continue to bear the scorch marks.

The wildflowers were at the peak of their bloom.

Off the beaten path…

Prickly Pear Cactus bloom

I think this is a Mississippi Kite. He watched me with wary eyes as I tried to get close to the tree he perched in.

This lone buffalo decided to entertain me.

A Prairie Sunset

Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver, emerald, fawn,
The earth’s whole amplitude and Nature’s multiform power consign’d
for once to colors;
The light, the general air possess’d by them–colors till now unknown,
No limit, confine–not the Western sky alone–the high meridian–
North, South, all,
Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows to the last.

-Walt Whitman

The scenery inspired many notebook pages of writing. As I drove home at the end of the day, I felt at peace, satisfied, and productive.

Where did you write this week?

Question: Have you ever gone mountain climbing?

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