Weekends are never long enough, especially in summer.
Spending a long holiday weekend at my parents’ house on Lake Michigan is always full of adventures, from kayaking to hiking. This time we also hiked The Ridges and the Mink River Trail.
Exploring the variety of flora is a fun treasure hunt throughout the seasons.
Noticing the wildlife is an exciting outdoor activity too, finding birds, wildlife and insects.
Some critters are hard to capture with the camera, like this pileated woodpecker, and other critters are fun to watch their shenanigans, like these cute little red squirrels chomping on cones right outside our kitchen door.
And of course, there are many varieties of butterflies and dragonflies to follow. I’ve never seen this particular 12-Spotted skimmer dragonfly before. I had fun following a tiger swallowtail and a few monarchs too.
I always cherish these weekend getaways and wish I could stay longer. I’m already looking forward to the next one! Cheers to more summer weekend adventures!
It’s been sooo cold around here lately that I haven’t been able to get out for some wintery walks in the neighborhood or on the trails. It’s minus 5 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like minus 25!
I have been noticing bright spots out my windows lately.
Still a joy to be able to continue working from home these days so I can soak these quiet little moments in my own backyard.
My weekend feels complete when I get the chance to go hiking, one of my favorite things to do. We are about 50% at peak for our fall colors, which usually happens around the middle of October.I’m so grateful there is a hiking trail so close to my house. Hope you can get out there this season and see some autumn colors!
There’s a hiking trail not far from my house that I love to go to, especially in Fall.
The longest trail is about 3.1 miles and goes through a prairie, along a small lake where motor boats aren’t allowed (which keeps it clean and quiet), and through the woods. It’s actually one of my favorite local hikes!
Along the trail there are these wonderful signs with beautiful poetry printed on them.
I find them so intriguing and comforting while exploring these trails. It would be so fun to set up something like this in my own backyard!