As much as I talk about gardening and my garden you'd think my happy place would be in my garden wouldn't you? You would be wrong. My happy place is next to the running trout stream at Fort Campbell's Clarksville Base. This most likely is because by the time I reach this stream I've already walked a few miles and I am sore, and tired, and just want to relax. I cannot think of a better place to relax and get happy than here by the stream on Fort Campbell. I sit down under the bridge and get lost in the serene views all around me.
The bubbling of the stream lulls me.
The water full of fish cheers me. It cheers me so much I sometimes wish to go for a swim in this clear stream.
But alas, reality sets in and I must be on my way as I still have a few miles in front of me to get back to my car and to my home. The memory of the trout stream helps to keep my feet moving, one in front of the other.
A little about Fort Campbell's waterways: There is a cooperative effort between many agencies to stock not only the running stream but the ponds in the Clarksville Base area. This area behind the above sign is more of a marshy area with ponds that is frequented by geese, turtles, otters, and fish of course. It is not the running trout stream I showed in the pictures above. In fact, I don't think the two join one another but this waterland would drain into the stream at some point I am sure. I stay on the trail so I have no idea how the water all flows together but common sense tells us it does.
Trout are stocked here and in the stream. As I read this sign I often think I should bring a fishing pole one day. It would be lovely to catch a fresh trout. Mr. Fix-it's happy place is anywhere he is fishing so I think he'd like my happy place too, but he rarely walks with me. That should change one day when he retires. Perhaps we'll both go fishing for trout. It will only be me that will eat it though because as much as Mr. Fix-it loves to fish, he does not like to eat fish.
The next picture of the gnarled tree overhanging the stream says so very much about this stream. Sometimes the stream runs so fiercely it seems as though it will sweep everything away, yet the trees hang on only to show evidence of the current that can pass through this stream in the form of exposed and gnarled roots.
Wildflowers abound all over Clarksville Base. I believe the above wildflower is Rudbeckia triloba. The wildflowers along the way to my happy place make the journey so much more interesting and bearable. The old bones and muscles don't work quite as well as they used to. I've been walking this trail for over ten years now. While in the Army we had to walk it twice and then some in order to make our 12 mile hike. I'm glad those days are behind me. Now I can stroll at a leisurely pace and enjoy the views and the flowing water.
After the long walk and a sit down in my happy place at Fort Campbell I come home to my own garden. And yes, I do have a happy place here. It is not quite so spectacular as the stream in the wild backwoods, but it does have water and fish....
in the garden....
Where is your happy place and why?
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