Thursday, November 03, 2016

Indian Summer

The best spirit lifter is to wake up to Indian Summer.  Yesterday was amazing -- sunny and warm.  

I had a nice chat with CG and made tentative plans to see her today (as long as the Boss has no objections).  Wednesday is cardio day and I have made up my mind to exercise more to handle this weight issue ..... so Indian summer PLUS my goal to work out more EQUALED a trip to a local conservation area.

Usually when I go I don't venture too far in.  I follow the main path and go down to the water.  But yesterday I wanted to explore and put in a whole lot of distance.  I studied the map 

and decided to follow the outside path.

It really was a gorgeous day and despite that most of the leaves are finished it offered a whole lot of opportunity for pictures.

I ambled along and decided to take some secondary pathways -- maybe see things I haven't seen.  The woodland creatures were surprisingly friendly 

This  charming fellow jumped up on the tree stump and I swear posed for me........ 

As I walked further into the conservation small flying things kept swooping around me -- they really made my heart jump -- all I could think was "bats" and yes I know it was illogical as it was a bright sunny day -- but I couldn't figure out what else would be swooping around me and occasionally diving bombing me.

I stopped to try and get pictures of some bright yellow leaves when the swooping creatures gathered around me...... and when I say tame I mean TAME -- they didn't move while I took pictures

I loved walking off the path -- swishing my feet through the fallen leaves smelling the smells of fall.....

I didn't notice where I was going or where I had been... just happily wandering around....... 

Finally after an hour of wandering aimlessly I decided I should think about heading back to the parking lot..... only problem was I was completely turned around -- off the beaten track and had no idea where I was.  I couldn't even see the water that I knew would lead me back to the parking lot.

I'll be perfectly honest -- I have a terrible fear of getting lost (right!  I've told you that before haven't I??) BUT this fear was even worse -- when I am driving I can always pull over and ask directions.  But walking through a conservation area there aren't a whole lot of people hanging around to offer directions.

I started walking - what I hoped was - north and kept slogging along and finally spotted a pathway.........

 From there it was fairly easy to find my way back to the main path and some friendly reassurances from fellow wanderers that I was indeed heading in the right direction.

Climbed in the car -- checked my fitbit and discovered I had just about walked my daily quota of steps and felt pretty damn good about my adventure on an Indian Summer day.


Lucy O'Brian said...

Way to go

Lea said...

This sounds like a perfect day. Lovely photos of the chickadee and nuthatch!

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