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!
I went for a bike ride on a section of Military Ridge State Trail near my house for the first time this Fall season. It was exhilarating to be out there, cruising through the woods, wetlands and prairies.
I like to take different hikes on the weekends in fall, try a different trail, see different landscapes, collect treasures I find on the trails, mostly through photography. One of these weekends, I’m hoping to go on a hike by myself and try doing some botanical studies and odes to nature in my sketchbook.
This past weekend, I hiked at Lapham Peak, which is part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern unit, formed 10,000 years ago by glaciers. The trails traverse through glacially-formed hills and around kettle lakes, prairies and state forest land.
It was also great fun to discover a beautiful butterfly garden in the middle of this state park, full of a huge variety of wildflowers that attract pollinators. Nice to still see bees, goldfinches and monarchs this late in the season. I lucked out with a warm and sunny fall day, so it was exhilarating to be out in the woods and hiking the trails again.
It’s a rare event when I get to take a trip, so I feel lucky to have traveled to the Sunshine State for Spring Break again this year.
Mornings and evenings at the pool are a wonderful way to start and end the day.
Afternoons and sunsets at the beach are the best! Wish I could do that everyday.
The lush, tropical vegetation is always a treat to see in March when everything in my neighborhood is just waking up from being dormant all winter.
I spent a beautiful day at the Naples Botanical Gardens.
Now I’m brainstorming ways I can arrange to visit the beach more often. Vacations are great, aren’t they?!
It’s been over a month since I’ve been on the hiking trails! Life can get busy at times, and I forget to stop, take a deep breath and listen to the quiet in the woods.
It always feels good to step away from the computer, get some exercise and breath in the fresh air. Often times, I end up doing a little treasure hunt, looking for a variety of colors, shapes, textures and patterns.
It was just the mental pick-me-up I needed for a Monday afternoon! Happy hiking!
We went on our first hike of Fall over the weekend! It felt great to be on the trails again, exploring the woods.
Remember that old hollow tree I love so much? It’s still toppled over.
It’s still early in the season, and we’ve had a lot of warm, sunny days lately, so we didn’t see a lot of fall colors yet.
Hope you’re out enjoying Fall too!
I grew up near Lake Michigan so we spent a lot of time at the beaches when we were kids. These days, I like to take advantage of any chance I can get to visit the beach. It was really foggy in the morning, so it was cool to watch the fog over the water. The water was still freezing cold, but it was so refreshing and relaxing to walk on the beach before the crowds got there for a sunny afternoon.
Hope you’re out experiencing some adventures during these last days of summer!
Seen at our farmers market these days: Peppers, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, and the most vibrant colors of flowers
Of course, there’s always a usual huge selection of cheese, popcorn, honey and bakery to drool over too. But I’m usually attracted to the flowers – I want all of them but I never buy any; just take lots of pictures. Hope you’re out enjoying these last couple weeks of summer!