Looking Ahead At Fall

It’s September which means, school is back in session around our area, apples are almost ready to be picked, and the leaves on our trees are starting to fall faster everyday. I love the crisp mornings, the piles of leaves we can rake and jump into, and the abundance of fall veggies available at my favorite market. This year, however, I am pretty excited about a few other things I have on the calendar.

My husband and I are going camping at one of our favorite parks in the next few weeks. The last time we were there it was over 100 degrees and hiking was pure torture. I have never been so hot and miserable. I am hoping for a cooler tenting experience this time around.

We are also going to squeeze in a fall trip to hike another state park that we love. Although this one we will be staying in a cabin since our son will be joining us.

I have another girls day planned coming up where we are taking a bus trip to an art festival. None of us have ever been to this art festival so we are all very excited.

My husband and I will be celebrating 21 years of marriage this fall….. which I really can’t believe it’s been that long. No plans are made yet but I am sure we will come up with something.

And the most amazing thing I have planned in the next few weeks is a day of retail therapy. I am not a big fan of shopping, although once a year I take this bus trip to a city that I LOVE. In the past I have had so many packages that I simply ache for days afterwards from carrying all my bags for hours. This year however, I found a solution to this problem….I have hired my hubby to accompany me on this trip! Can you believe it? I still can’t, quite honestly. It is going to cost me a pair of shoes that he wants and I am sure I will find out what else in good time. Either way, it should be a great trip. (I hope)

That’s what our fall calendar looks like. In between all these events we are also hoping to achieve come more miles geocaching on the Ahnapee trail, a few more trips in our kayaks, and as many outdoor walks as I possibly can before the snow flies.

All in good time….

 

 

Weekend Highlights: Rhubarb Jam and Getting Reunited With My Standup Paddle Board

What a spectacular weekend we had. It all started Friday night. We had the great pleasure of being invited to clear out an entire patch of rhubarb from one of my daycare families yard. I was beyond thrilled with this offer from them. Immediately the wheels started turning in my head. The cookbooks were out and I started adding to my grocery list the ingredients needed to make jam and rhubarb bread.

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Thankfully, after cutting a ton of stalks, my husband offered to do all the cleaning and chopping so I could get the rest of the grocery shopping done Friday night. I returned home to find it all chopped and packaged in the frig waiting for me to prepare. Although, this would all have to wait until Sunday.

Saturday was our day of play which really turned into a day of pure relaxation. I finally got reunited with my standup paddle board after many, many months of it hanging on the wall. We loaded it up on our new Thule roof rack system we purchased back in March and headed to a new lake we were told to check out from a friend.

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Let me just say, I was in HEAVEN! The lake was calm, quiet, and not a weed in sight.

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Weeds are always a big fear of mine especially if I fall into a patch of them…ewwww! However, no one fell in this time. I paddled for quite a few hours. My husband fished from one of our recreational kayaks while I simply enjoyed the calm lake. At one point I decided to lay back on the board, take in some sun and actually dozed off awakening to find that I had drifted into the lily pads on the edge of the lake. Now that is relaxed, I guess I needed some down time. Thankfully, I fell asleep with my PFD still on :/

Sunday brought the day to put all that rhubarb to good use. I made rhubarb sauce for pancake topping or it’s also great on ice cream. I also made rhubarb bread, mini muffins, and jam.

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I still have about three gallons of chopped rhubarb to use upĀ  but I ran out of time. After all that cooking it was time to get a gym workout in before the stormy weather hit Sunday night.

I could not have asked for a better weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

Another Few Miles Geocaching on the Ahnapee State Trail

The last three Sunday’s we have made our way to a different part of the Ahnapee State Trail to geocache. Today we accomplished 3.27 miles with partly sunny skies.

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The terrain on this trail is crushed rock and flat all the way. It always amazes me how peaceful I feel when walking a trail away from the city.

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With all the leaves fallen from most of the trees now, it is quite easy to find things that we would normally not notice.

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Along the way we heard many, many hunters shooting in the distance, saw a gentlemen fishing the river from a kayak (brrrrr, way to cold for me), two hunters with their dog, and one big buck, which obviously I did not have my camera out at the time or I would have had a picture for you all to see.

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It was a productive day with us finding eleven goecaches and getting in a nice walk together.

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After this we came home and ultimately finished our first puzzle.

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This was suppose to last till Spring or at least most of Winter. I guess we both got a little addicted to the hobby and had it together in about 4 days. No worries though, I bought another one yesterday.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Sunday Geocaching On The Ahnapee Trail

What a beautiful weekend. On Sunday I slept in until 7:00 AM and woke up to my husband making pancakes with dried mangoes in them. Yum,Yum, Yum!

After breakfast I headed to the gym to get my workout in and then we were off to a new trail to geocache. This is the first weekend in awhile that the sun was shining and neither rain nor snow was falling upon us. Thank goodness. We arrived at the trail and had to pass through a cool tunnel to start.

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It looked like the trail went on forever from this view, but that did not discourage us, so we headed on. We accomplished just over 5 1/2 miles and 16 geocaches.

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I enjoyed the crunching leaves underfoot along the entire trail. We even talked about possibly snowshoeing this trail come winter.

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There are many caches left for us to find on this trail and a whole lot more miles for us to cover along the way. The entire trail starts in Sturgeon Bay,WI and goes on for 46 miles. Maybe by next spring we will have covered them all, time will tell.

It was a great hike on a beautiful Sunday:)

Geocache #400

We have finally hit 400 geocaches and it only took us two years.

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We don’t do this too often, because it’s usually too buggy in the summer, too cold in the winter, or we are just simply too busy doing all the other outdoor activities we do.

We recently went on a trail not too far from where we live and had a nice walk. Wild flowers lined the edge of the trail making it quite beautiful.

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Unfortunately we came upon an area that was suddenly bombarded with mosquitoes. A little further up the trail we found the reason for all the little bothersome critters. A nice little pond!

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So, we turned around and headed back the other direction. When we hit sunshine and a breeze everything was much better. So we kept walking coming upon a yard full of old farm equipment. I thought this old wagon was just so cool.

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After a few more yards we hit shade again ,and sure enough more mosquitoes. Since my husband is the one that has to venture off into the woods for the actual cache, because I am not into bushwacking, he said he had had enough. ( Remember my rule: If I can’t see the ground, I also can’t see any snakes, so I don’t go!)

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So we turned around and headed back to the car. We accomplished what we were out to do and that was to find #400.

Now we’ll see how long it take us to find #500. Time will tell.