I just love the smell and the briskness in the air and the muted colors that paint the landscape. There is no better time of year to hike along one of the many trails that surround the nearby lake and state park less than a mile from my home.
The closest hiking trail to my home happens to also be a horse trail. So, not only do you have to worry about the rocky terrain, but you must also look out for huge piles of *ahem* freshly laid horse poop that is scattered along the trail.
I was accompanied by my oldest daughter and her two friends. After we had hiked about 1/2 of a mile, they began to ask when we would be turning around to go back. I kept telling them that we were almost there. Where? They would ask. I told them there was an ice cream shop at the end of the trail. They continued to trek behind me very S L O W L Y.
It was a perfect Autumn day. The weather was sunny and mild with a lakeshore breeze blowing through the trees. The sailboats dominated the lake.
Much to their disappointment, there was no ice cream shop at the end of the trail, just water. Lake water, that is.
By the looks on their faces, I think they had a good time anyway...
And now for the 3/4 mile hike back....