The Smell of Leaves


I went on my fall hike yesterday. Old photo albums and blog posts point to the fall hike being a thing with me. Any chance to get out of the concrete and glass jungle is welcome; most welcome of all when the sky is deep blue, the air is cool and clear, with falling leaves adding a sense of urgency to the activity. The hike was nothing much as far as hikes go – a ten mile loop around Stony Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. I hiked in from the bottom to avoid the Skyline Drive leafers. The vistas in the valleys aren’t as grand as on the ridge; but little things take on much greater import when one can catch a glimpse of the peace, solitude and the raw edge of nature.

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The summer has gone by in a blur. Our vacation was a week-long trip to Utah to get together with family. Of course there was plenty of hiking and relaxing and coffee as well. Perfect. We hiked in the mountains and went to the Great Salt Lake. Both were very impressive.

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This was Antelope Island, in the Great Salt Lake. Bison and brine shrimp live here.

We’re in the process of buying a house in a nearby area. This means leaving our beloved Falls Church and our very walkable neighborhood for something we call our own with room for others. We’re trying to make the most of our last few weeks here by visiting more restaurants and just continuing to do the things we like in the area. While our current apartment is tiny and cramped (‘cozy’), there are a few perks to the location. I like being a short bike ride away from the DC monuments.

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‘Til next time.