we have some friends that moved an hour and a half north of us. i have traveled the road near their house numerous times as it is on the way to my father-in-law's hunting camp, but amazingly enough there are rolling hills, mixed hardwoods amongst a massive pine tree national forest. we live in southwest Louisiana where there are flat, rice field/crawfish fields/ cattle pastures, bogs, swamps, bayous, etc.
we here in Louisiana (for those of you who are not from here who read this) do not have mountains, at least none that are really mountainous; but not far from us our friends moved to a 18 acre plot of land situated on top of a ridge with two really nice valley's on both sides. we went there yesterday to spend some time with then as we have not seen them since they moved around Christmas time and we were in a truly mountainous area of northern California.
we had a great time visiting and walking around their house where there are so many different trees, i was green with envy...no pun intended! they have an awesome assortment of hardwoods, evergreens, flowers, etc. it was really great spending some time really close to our house but feeling like we were miles away! we really miss our friends but know that God led them there to be closer to family and we are OK with that. while there we went to the Alexandria zoo which is awesome by far and probably one of the best zoo's we have been to and we didn't even get to walk the whole thing.
we had a great time and the kids did not want to leave at all and of course we didn't either but all good things have to come to an end but the great thing is that our friends are only an hour and a half north and also smack dab in the middle of the most nurseries i have ever seen in my life, which is good for an up and coming bonsai "artist".