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Take a Hike

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!

Take a Hike – Poetry in the Woods

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!

Take a Hike

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.

Afternoon Hike

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.

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IMG_2471It 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.

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IMG_2476It was just the mental pick-me-up I needed for a Monday afternoon! Happy hiking!

Terri

Notes From the Trail

We squeezed in a little free time this past weekend to hike a trail not far from our house. I love these woods because they are full of very tall pine trees which are fun to walk through.arboretum trees arboretum trail

tree silhouette squirrel nest

tree lichen tree moss

pine cones on the trail tracks

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!

Terri

Hollow Tree

Remember the pictures I’ve shared over the years of this cool hollow tree on a hiking trail we love to go to?

the hollow treeI always love to hide inside the tree to pose for a picture.

me in my hollow treemy hollow treeme hiding in that hollow tree again!

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.

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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.

Terri

In the Woods

There’s nothing like a hike in the woods to kick off the Fall season.

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goldenrod at Indian Lake trailThese woods were full of lichen, moss, mushrooms and all sorts of other hidden treasures.
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acorn in the woods

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wild asters at Indian Lake trailWhen 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.

Terri

Back on the Trails

When Fall weather arrives, we are ready to hit the trails. Another one of my favorite things to do is to go hiking.

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I love treasure hunting for artifacts on the trails and in the woods.

oak leaves and acorns on the trail

It’s especially fun to find hidden critters.

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I think it’s magical to see all the different textures, colors and shapes hidden in plain sight in the woods.

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Queen Annes Lace opening

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Queen Annes LaceI love to take notice of how the same plants create different textures, shapes and colors as they mature.

wild sunflower opening wild sunflowerWe also noticed a few different types of ferns in these woods.

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fern fernNot 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.

Terri

 

 

 

Field Trip: Arboretum

What a treat to go hiking in the Arboretum on my day off this past weekend.

It was sunny but chilly.

It’s been a few weeks since I was on a hiking trail, so it was quite refreshing to be out there.

I don’t usually go hiking by myself, but it was such a great day to be out exploring.

I love the way these tall groves of pine trees smell in fall.

There was still a little moss and lichen to be found.

I noticed a few signs of fall color still lingering.

With a cooler season ahead of us, I’m hoping to get out and explore more on Fridays.

Such a great way to spend a day off.

Hope you were able to get some fresh air this last weekend too! Thank you for stopping by.

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