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AppleTree: Where Learning Is Natural

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates Due to a change in lifestyle, I do not keep up the Re-Discover Washington blog anymore, however, when something dear to my heart comes my way I make sure to share it with you. … Continue reading »

Aloha From Hawaii: Let’s Plant Some Fruit Trees!

Warm aloha from Maui, Hawaii!! I have been spending the last 7 months on the islands, eating lots of tropical fruit, growing veggies, living closer to nature, and enjoying the beach and the rainbows. Hawaii is truly a tropical paradise, and one thing that makes it so is that so many people here are growing food! Not necessarily … Continue reading »

Growing a Garden In Town: Ralph Gildehaus on Jefferson Street

Growing up in Bulgaria, I had zero interest in gardening. When my grandparents planted onions, I played with the cats; when they picked tomatoes, I read a book perched on the peach tree; when my whole family was busy canning veggies for winter, I reluctantly helped while thinking of an excuse to do something else. … Continue reading »

The Earth We Live On

Today I went to two places I have been wanting to go to for quite some time – the Washington Landfill and the Katy Trail. Very different from each other at first glance, they exist in close proximity and on the same Earth we all live on. Happy Earth Day! “What is the use of a … Continue reading »

Get Up For The Sunrise

It’s beautiful. It’s one of a kind. It marks the start of a new day. It will take your breath away. And you don’t have to get up that early. Sunrises this time of year happen around 6:45am, it is best to be photographed at least 15 minutes before that {30min is even better}. This one … Continue reading »

Phoenix Park: A Hidden Jem

As most of you know, I love walking along the Riverfront Trail any time of the year and the day. However, we are lucky to have lots of parks around and Phoenix Park is lovely for a morning/afternoon walk, too! Located on 3001 Vernaci Drive in Washington, MO (or, as widely known, behind Target), Phoenix Park is … Continue reading »


Sunrises at the riverfront are beautiful. Every time. The one tomorrow is at 6:20am. Just saying… Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” ― Roman Payne “Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long stalks, lifted up sap in noiseless streams, opened petals, and sucked out scents in invisible jets … Continue reading »

Weekend Getaway: Pickle Springs, BIG Cats & Jour de Fête

“Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder”, and every once in a while I leave Washington, MO to come back with new appreciation for what we have. Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary has been on my mind ever since I found out about it more than a year ago, and since I like exploring I went to the … Continue reading »

Setting Sun

The sunset tonight was magical! I’ve been enjoying the cooler weather and the amazing clouds! When I went for my evening walk, the few stopped me in my tracks and made me run back home to grab my camera. Enjoy the photos! “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher … Continue reading »

Composting Class at Clearview Elementary: Because Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow

When I first came to Washington, MO, almost four years ago, I knew no one. Not a very outgoing person by nature, I decided I needed to open up, otherwise I’d be utterly alone. One day, as I was walking on the Riverfront Trail and I stopped to take a picture of a turtle, I … Continue reading »