It is late afternoon on a late summer day, and the setting sun is casting a vibrant red glow over the hills of a country landscape scene. Locals call the place Indian Hill, and though everyone agrees on the name, not everyone agrees as to why it is called this.
The most repeated story is that, when the sun is right and the person looking at the hill is facing just the right way, the silhouette of an Indian head can be seen as shadows and light meet.
Located in Eastern Washington farm country, just outside the town of Dayton, WA, Indian Hill overlooks a large apple orchard and a series of small farms and country hills. It is quiet here – except when wheat harvest goes on and the air is filled with the sound of machinery – and a hike along the hills and country roads leads the adventurer to a place where the sunset can be enjoyed in peace, and where the changing palette of colors on the hill shift and transform, in the same way that colors shift and transform during sunset on the coast.
For all that people talk about country life and try to decorate “country style,” which pretty much tends to be what the latest popular house flipping house on HGTV defines as country chic, few people take the time to get out and walk, to step away from the car and the sound of its engine, and to simply hear, notice, observe, and enjoy the silence that is so much a part of living in the country and rural areas of the nation.
Country style is not an interior home design or a TV trend – country style is a lifestyle that lives at a steady, but slower pace, embracing the beauty of the landscape and the peaceful sound of its being.
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March 29th, 2017
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