Archive for October 12th, 2009

Autumn in Paradise

Last spring I took some photos of the trails near our house and promised more later in the year.   Today was a beautiful autumn day, so we took a stroll from our backyard into the woods.   Yesterday I was talking to a friend’s mom who lives in Florida, and she said that Rangeley, Maine was listed in their local paper as one of the top five places in the country for leaf peeping.   We were just there on Saturday doing just that, but really, our backyard is just as good.

First, here’s a couple photos of our back yard play area — built this year thanks to Uncle Sasha — for the boys (oh, and if you click that last link, rest assured that all the piles of loam, rock and sand have been used, grass is growing, and you wouldn’t even know we had the massive drainage project):

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You can see the swings, the play house, the benches in the back are for the fire pit, and the teeter tooter is there.  The sandboxes aren’t visible here, they are on the other side of the swings.   We’re having a big Halloween party here, and plan to have our “haunted woods” prepared.   Here’s a close up of the house, you can see that a yellow slide comes out the other side so the kids can exit in style:

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The boys having run

The boys having fun

And now, some pictures of autumn, a bit past peak, from the trails leading from our backyard:

Wilson stream from the path

Wilson stream from the path

Dana on the path of fallen leaves

Dana on the path of fallen leaves

These trails go on for miles

These trails go on for miles

A short rest

After a short rest, back to the hike!

Some foilage on the hill across the way

Some foilage on the hill across the way

Autumn is definitely my favorite season, and we’ve had mostly perfect weather since September.   Time to take a break from all the stuff going on in the world and simply enjoy nature.

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