Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This Fall

Fall is by far my favorite time of year. The colors, the smells, the crunch of leaves under your feet. For the past few years, my parents (sometimes accompanied one or both of my siblings) have come to visit me at the beginning of October. It's one of the best times to visit upstate New York as all of the colors are starting to show and the apples are ripe for the picking. 

It was a gorgeous weekend when they were here. We made a picnic lunch so that after apple picking was over we could visit Art OMI and stroll through the fields. Unfortunately the bugs were still hungry and kept us out of the woods. Seeing my parents always lifts my spirits so bugs or no bugs. It was a great day.


The fall is also when my brain has to get going on holiday gifts. I have been knitting for a few years and find that homemade goods often make the best gifts. This year will be no different. I do tend to get a little greedy and knit myself a few things first! I began with some hand warmers and then an infinity scarf. Last night I completed a gift for my mother and already have the yarn and pattern for my sisters gift. Hopefully I will be able to start it before I find something else I want for myself!

Last weekend was my last camping trip of the year. I went to the East Branch Sacandaga River (Siamese Ponds Wilderness) Lean-To. The hike was gorgeous, the sun was breaking through the trees, leaves crunching under my feet and best of all..... no bugs! 

Bridge on the trail to Lean-to

The temp got down to 18 degrees in the nearest town but sitting near (practically inside of) the fire made it tolerable. Also, thanks Kelty for my amazingly warm down sleeping bag.  The morning sun did wonders at melting the ice that had formed on both my sleeping bag and the tent overnight. The hike out was just as amazing as it was the day before. Though, I am seriously convinced that someone slipped in more uphill during the night because no way did I do that much down hill the day before.... Maybe it had something to do with the Multi-Verse everyone kept talking about. 

(Never saw any Doozers.... just proof that they exist)

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