"This is my favorite time of year--I think I love it because it is so beautiful and it's so short-lived--I have to really take the time to enjoy it because tomorrow the leaves may all be off the trees!"
The other day Kris made this comment that got me thinking. The leaves are close to peak right now and any day, a rain could come and wash all of the colors away. So Ward and I decided it was time to take a hike at a local park. Thanks for giving us the nudge we needed, Kris. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Here are some pictures from our walk today.
|Monarch Way Station. This area is maintained specifically for monarchs. The white "flowers" are seed heads from their host plant, milkweed.|
|This pond was created to teach about pond habitats.|
|This bench was made by local school kids from trash and earth. The details were really interesting.|
|We watched activity along the lake seeing fishing, kayaking, and good old-fashioned throwing rocks in the water.|
|After hiking around the lake for a while, we headed up the hill to find another trail.|
|Ward wanted to explore this trail because it winds up close to where he works.|
|One of the interesting sights along the way.|
|We crossed a stream.|
|We saw the foundation of a mill built in 1810. The mill was used both as a saw mill and a grist mill.|
|Ward walking along the boardwalk through the swampy area.|
|Back in the parking lot, we saw this tree being photographed many times including several family portraits.|