Posted by: kwa0430 | September 30, 2008

Tis the season

With the exception of the fact that fall heralds the impending approach of winter, it is probably my favorite season. This is especially true when we get a nice Indian summer.

Warm days and cool nights, ideal for sleeping, make for a perfect day.


One of the other reasons I love fall is simply the breathtaking beauty of the season; and there is no better way to take in that beauty than a hike through the woods. There is something about the smell of the woods, the sound of the breeze rustling through the trees and the multitude of colors that has the ability to make one forget about the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.


Minnesota is a great place to take in all this season has to offer. With so many State parks with hiking trails, it is easy to drive a short distance and finds a great place to hike. This past weekend, Jane and I spent Saturday wandering through Lake Carlos State Park in Alexandria. It made for the perfect weekend away. The weather was warm and sunny and there were very few people on the trails.


I suppose that, all too soon, the leaves will be off of the trees, the temperature will drop and the awful white stuff will fall from the sky but, until then, we will take every opportunity to get out and enjoy the season.


“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
–   Elizabeth Lawrence

 “It is only her in large portions of Canada that wonderous second wind, 
the Indian summer, attains its amplitude and heavenly perfection, — the 
temperatures; the sunny haze; the mellow, rich delicate, almost 
flavoured air: Enough to live — enough to merely be.”
–   Walt Whitman, Diary in

Sorry, but I had to add something Canadian



  1. I love thios Walt Whitman poem….it’s just part of a much larger piece, but I always thought it descibes my spirit…..

    AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road. The earth—that is sufficient; I do not want the constellations any nearer; I know they are very well where they are; I know they suffice for those who belong to them. (Still here I carry my old delicious burdens; I carry them, men and women—I carry them with me wherever I go; I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them; I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

  2. I can’t believe you resorted to quoting an American to say something nice about Canada. 😉

  3. He was one of the few Americans that I found that had something sensible to say.

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