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!
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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!
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!
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.
It was great to be in the woods, soaking up fresh air, listening to the crunch under our hiking boots, and searching for treasures, from squirrel nests high up in the trees to lichen and moss on fallen tree trunks to pine cones and tracks on the trail.
Hope you found time to get some fresh air over the weekend too!
Remember the pictures I’ve shared over the years of this cool hollow tree on a hiking trail we love to go to?
I always love to hide inside the tree to pose for a picture.
We haven’t been on this trail for about two years, and we recently discovered that the tree collapsed. Here’s what’s left of it.
This old tree was such a wonder to discover in the woods and watch it decay over the years. I’m sure it provided shelter and sanctuary to many critters. Hope you’re out finding treasures in your world too.
There’s nothing like a hike in the woods to kick off the Fall season.
When we started out on this trail, I was complaining that I never see an owl in the wild. A few minutes later we heard an owl hoot really loud! We looked for it the rest of the day, but the only wildlife we saw were blue jays and woodpeckers.
I’m looking forward to hitting this trail again soon to see some of the fall color that seems to be popping up overnight. Hope you’re enjoying some fresh air this Fall season.
When Fall weather arrives, we are ready to hit the trails. Another one of my favorite things to do is to go hiking.
I love treasure hunting for artifacts on the trails and in the woods.
It’s especially fun to find hidden critters.
I think it’s magical to see all the different textures, colors and shapes hidden in plain sight in the woods.
Not only were the exercise and fresh air good for the soul, but all this photo reference will be great for filling up my sketchbook with more illustrations.
It was a beautiful Fall weekend around here, so we took advantage of the sunshine and went hiking.
We went to one of my favorite places to hike, which you’ll see why in a minute.
We were pleasantly surprised to see how far along our fall colors are.
When you drive into the parking lot, you are greeted by rows of these beautiful sweet gum trees, which glow in the sunlight, and look so beautiful against the blue September sky.
Their leaves look similar to maple leaves, but they are even more colorful.
Of course, I had to pick up few to take home and press for future inspiration. There may be some screen printed leaves in my future!
We also found some leaves that looked like they were tie-dyed.
I’m usually a little anxious until we come upon this particular tree.
Surely you’ve seen me show it before around here.
My husband thinks I’m goofy because I always have to climb inside it and pretend it’s my little hideout. I think the hollow has gotten bigger over the years because I don’t remember being able to fit so well inside it. (Or maybe I’m shrinking.) I wish I could take it home and put it in my backyard!
There are about 4-5 nature-related poems on sign posts throughout these trails. I’ve never seen this on any other hiking trail, and I think it’s such a wonderful idea.
The trail we take ends at this cool cabin in the woods. It has an outhouse next door and a great big fire pit where you could warm up during a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Such a wonderful way to spend a Fall day! I’m already looking forward to our next hiking adventure. I hope the fall colors last a little longer. Hope you enjoyed your weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!
Have you ever had something get cancelled, freeing up a big chunk of time in your day?
At first, you might think I was disappointed when I heard my web design class was cancelled yesterday.
But it gave me the entire day to myself, which meant an extra five hours of free time that I don’t normally have free on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
After spending about 4-5 hours in the morning on homework projects, I treated myself to a trip to the library for a couple books my mom recommended.
And then I hit the trail! It was a warm sunny afternoon, lucky weather to have on a surprise a day off.
I hunkered down and got a lot done in the morning so I could go out and play in the afternoon. My message here is not new. Many others say it all the time: work hard and then seize the day!