Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Summer's End

I always have mixed emotions this time of year; I love the turning leaves, I but hate knowing that days spent on the front porch are postponed until spring. It is now time to drain the rain barrels, take in the yard art and plants we want to save. It makes me sad to see the last of the flowers. Fall also means less time on our bikes. The Rivermet Gang and our friend Carla did ride our bikes to Foster Park one early fall day for a picnic. We had so much fun; I hope we can do more similar activities soon.

Nice weather is predicted for this coming weekend, which means riding our bikes much as possible. Pat and I usually ride our bikes for errands as well as pleasure and it is my goal not to let the cold weather keep me off my bike. I have made a commitment to being green so as well as getting some much needed exercise I will ride this winter. Pat always rides in the winter, but I plan to brave the cold also. I hope Mikael and Jay will ride with us also. If not for errands just to enjoy being out. Now that it is getting dark earlier we have cut back on our evening rides, but we still have the weekends.

I am grateful that this is such a beautiful fall. Pat and I have spent time walking in the woods enjoying the fall color. Recently a friend told us about Bicentennial Woods Nature Preserve. We took our dog and spent a few hours enjoying the trails, what a great place. I am from a small town and I had forgotten how much I enjoy being in the woods enjoying nature. Pat hasn’t spent a lot of time in the woods but he really enjoys it. I am looking forward to going back for some winter hiking.