Sort of spur of the moment, I decided to take a hike on a hiking trail that has a trail head about 15 minutes away.
I am so glad I went. The day was the last day of beautiful weather for my area. The temperature hit a high in the 70s and sunshine all day.
I went in about two miles, stopped for a lunch and a little bit of knitting, then headed back.
Entrance to the trail.
Well-traveled path, but not completely worn down.
New to me: There is a campsite somewhere just off the trail.
It didn't occur to me until after I started walking that there was a possibility of my going off trail. Then I saw the blue markers. Yay!
On the way in I was taking pictures left and right. Even though leaf colors were past the peak viewing, it was still pretty on the trail. Or, maybe I was just happy to be outdoors.
This is when I realized how big the trail is. It crosses seven states. Wow!
The trails are very well kept. I was surprised. This is wider spot for atv/snowmobile access. There were a few of these roads criss-crossing the trail.
Someone actually kept the trail part trimmed. Nice!
I know there is a group of volunteers who maintain the trails in our area. I very much appreciate all they do.
Sun coming through the trees.
This was a maker for the boardwalk I had to cross.
LOVED having the boardwalk.
Shortly after the boardwalk I found a place to stop for a small picnic.
I viewed the map.
And I knit a few rows on my cardigan. There was no way I was going to let a chance to knit in the woods go by.
I also did a short video.
I'm still not fully comfortable speaking on camera. I feel the need to speak slowly, apparently.
On the way back to the trail head I discovered a tree that still had most of its leaves and it was so gorgeous it took my breath away.
I tried taking pictures from underneath the leaves.
In a sea of green pine trees and brown bark, there was this oasis of orange.
On the way back home I stopped at the village library to pick up a few books. After getting home, I had a cup of tea and then went out to clean the Chicken Coop of Love. Very exciting stuff. The ladies were happy to see me. Though I think they they questioned my taste in music.