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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  1. #1 by Patrice on October 13, 2009 - 01:42

    Wow! Gorgeous, Scott.

    • #2 by Scott Erb on October 13, 2009 - 03:30

      Still waiting for you to visit, Patrice! 🙂

  2. #3 by Lee on October 13, 2009 - 15:08

    Fantastic pictures and I adore your kids play spaces. Such a great space for creative and magical days of fun.

  3. #4 by helenl on October 14, 2009 - 14:39

    How beautiful. Scott, I’ve been really busy promoting my book, but I do still read your blog most days.

  4. #5 by Mike Lovell on October 14, 2009 - 17:33

    Great Scenery, Great looking kids…

  5. #6 by notesalongthepath on October 15, 2009 - 04:21

    Truly beautiful backyard, Scott. I remember your post with pictures of the drainage system! You’ve made a lot of progress.
    I love fall, too, and all our trees and their leaves are amazing, if not as amazing as in Maine. 🙂
    I received a Gorgeous Blogger Award today, and I’d like to pass the award onto you. You are a great writer, but also an inspiring teacher of your students and those of us who read your blog. Thank you. Please stop by my blog and copy the Award so you can post it on your site.

    • #7 by Scott Erb on November 3, 2009 - 02:01

      OK, I was going to respond to this earlier but got sidetracked. Thanks for the award — I was too busy to figure out what exactly it means (I’m doing overloads this year, I am literally an absent minded professor now).

  6. #8 by notesalongthepath on November 3, 2009 - 02:06

    It means you are an inspired writer of thoughtful, beautiful ideas and inspirations. You so deserve so many awards!

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