Asters, Pears and More

My New England Asters are blooming.  They remind me of Mums.  I have also been enjoying local apples and pears.  They are so inexpensive right now.  I made oatmeal with chopped pears and maple syrup.  It was really good -a must try.  Lately, I have been hearing Great Horned Owls and Screech Owls in the…

Late Summer Adventures

I’m so glad the cool fall weather has arrived.  The clear blue skies are as crisp as as the falling leaves.  And I really enjoy listening to the crickets outside my window as I fall asleep at night. We recently enjoyed a late summer walk at Thomas Darling Nature Preserve.  It’s a groundwater-fed glacial wetland….

August Adventures

Hello there, I have been hiking three times since my last blog post.  I have some nice pictures to share.  I hope you enjoy them and maybe feel inspired or learn something new. These are from visiting a nearby environmental education center.  They take in hurt birds to rehabilitate and release back into the wild. …

Little Buffalo & Reeds Gap

Over the weekend, we traveled to two State Parks that we’ve been to before.  At Little Buffalo, we visited the Butterfly Garden and saw some amazing butterflies.  A lady volunteer told us to look under the leaves of the milkweed and I found the cutest little monarch butterfly caterpillar. Then we traveled to Reeds Gap…

Camping in Maryland

Hubby and I went camping in Maryland last week for 3 nights.  We had so much fun!  We stayed at Pocomoke River State Park and visited Ocean City, MD, Assateague Island,  and Chincoteague Island.  I grew up going to Ocean City with my family, plus hubby and I camped 8 years in a row at…

July Wildflower Walk

This trail is a gem. Look at all of the pretty flowers.  We used to walk here occasionally, but now we walk here a lot lately.  The variety and colorful display of so many flowers is incredible.  Here are the pictures from yesterday’s walk – My garden is doing well!  I love this time of…

Meadow Hike

Tuscarora State Park is beautiful ~ I feel happy and rejuvenated after a hike through this lush forest full of amazing natural wonders to pause and look at…. <3<3<3 “Keep your spirits high; let the little things excite you. Small joys prepare us for the big ones.”

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Paterson, NJ is known for the first planned industrial city and was centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River.   This is fragrant sumac and it’s not poisonous. After visiting the falls area, we went to have lunch at a park nearby called Garret Mountain Reservation.  We drove around for a while until we…

Milton State Park & Garden

We recently traveled to Milton State Park and hiked the 3 1/2 miles of trails. We packed food and also stopped at Brews and Bytes in Danville. It was a neat artsy place and I ordered a Buddha bowl. It was so yummy that I have been making my own Buddha bowls at home lately….

Early June Wildflower Walk

This is a trail we do our regular walking on for exercise.  We normally go before or after dinner.  It seems like not long ago we were here walking in the snow, surprised to see another person out there with the same idea.  Today was especially wonderful because the weather was just right, birds singing,…