Sunday, October 19, 2008

Nature Hike

Yesterday was the last day of a reeeeeeeaaaaallllly looooooonnnng week. I had been going a mile a minute all week, had hair appointments that morning and by the time I was done, all I wanted to do was put on my jammies, crawl into bed and hide for a while.

Scott had other plans. He wanted to take me on a hike before the last of the vibrant fall color was gone.

I was feeling grumpy and exhausted and really did not want to go. So, all the way to the park, I was grumbling inside. (OK, maybe I was grumbling on the outside, too.)

I'm so glad my husband puts up with me! What a gorgeous day we had! Once I was there, breathing fresh air and glorying in the gorgeousness of fall, I was so thankful that sometimes he knows what I need better than I do myself.

Look at this cool tree we saw. I wonder if this is a remnant of the big storm we had a few weeks ago?And look at these fantastic, twisty roots...I am a tree lover. I love their majesty and beauty. I love the symbolism of trees, reaching towards the heavens. Can anyone tell me what this is?It's about the size of a grapefruit. I seem to recall that someone once told me that if you put them around your house, they keep spiders away. I brought this one home, but if that's the case, I'm going back for more.

Teddy went with us (of course) and had a marvelous time tromping through the leaves......until Scott mentioned that we were in a prime location and season for snakes and to watch out because they might be hiding in all the leaves we were walking through...

...at which point I made him carry him.

It was a beautiful day and I came home feeling renewed and peaceful. And then I had a three-hour nap.

12 comments:

Sarah C said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I love Fall leaves. Teddy looks so cute in the leaves. If there were snakes, I would have had Scott carry Teddy too. I am glad the three of you had a nice nature hike.
Thanks for going on a double date with us on Friday. We had a great time!

Angela said...

What a beautiful day! No fall colors around here. It's too hot and dry. Snakes? Scott would have been carrying ME!

jess said...

my kids called them "monkey brains," but we found out they're called ozark oranges. i can't remember what the tree is called that they come from, but there was one in our neighbors yard in OH that dropped copious amounts of "monkey brains" in our yard and they were a very hot commodity in Croker Heights ;)

The Woods said...

Sounds like the perfect day!

Jill said...

What beautiful pictures! I love the fall leaves. I agree - sometimes our husbands know best! :o)

Rachel said...

Love these pics and love you guys, thanks for posting these!

nicole said...

Wow, nice post. I noticed at girls camp how you are so good at looking for beauty in nature. You would pause whatever we were doing and point out the sun's rays through the trees, and the moss on the rocks, etc. I thought it was so inspiring! I really admire that about you! This post certainly reflects that tendency you have to recognize and appreciate beauty in the world. :) Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Those green things can be called hedge apples too! We had them in MO. Your photos are great and make me wish I had been able to include a hike in my weekend. ~ Angela Orme
you can read about Hedge Apples here: http://www.hedgeapple.com/

military mama said...

Gorgeous scenery and ..might I add..you are an excellent photographer. There is nothing like to outdoors. Where did you guys go?

Chocolate Inspector said...

Wow, what awesome pictures! You have a nice camera! I LOVE nature pictures and am going to try to improve my photography skills. It's fun to play with the pictures on a computer afterwards and do all sorts of effects on them. Thanks for sharing!

Rob and Steph Puterbaugh said...

what kind of snakes are in Dayton? Are there any poisonous ones? Those big Green ball looking things...i'm not sure what they are called, but i've heard that they are supposed to keep spiders away...and my mom tried it one year, but it doesn't work. We still had these really big spiders in the basement and then it started to get moldy... eww. But good luck, maybe it'll work for you.

shannon said...

Those monkey brains are pretty awesome and so interesting to look at. We found a bunch in our common area and tried to dissect a couple, but they are super sticky and hard. If you cut a slit on one it'll seep this whitish sap. It was pretty neat to discover them this year!