This past Wednesday was a gorgeous day with temps hitting the 70s. Right after lunch we threw some gear in our Samuri and took off for some exploring and the possibility of finding a grouse for dinner.
We drove down an old logging road that looks as though it's now well used most likely by local hunters.
At a right angle to the logging road we saw a path leading off into the woods so we parked our vehicle and decided to explore it on foot. In the above picture, we had just started down the path. I stopped to turn back and take a shot of the Samuri parked on the logging road.
The fresh air felt wonderful and the scenery couldn't have been more beautiful. What a great time of year to be out in the woods! Off the side of the trail I spotted this red maple leaf that seemed to be suspended in mid-air in a shaft of sunlight.
We hiked until we came to land that was posted "No Trespassing" where we turned around. Before we had reached that point, we did see one grouse but it scurried off through the thick underbrush so we had no chance for a good shot at it.
On the way home I suggested we take one more little side trip in to a favorite lake of ours. Although it's a good fishing lake, we didn't see a boat on the lake. It was so quiet back in there I think we both could have stretched out and taken a snooze in the sun.
A birch tree in full fall color on the shoreline had recently toppled into the water.
Back home then, but no grouse for dinner. Instead we filled up on a bowlful of the chili I had made earlier in the day.
For as warm and beautiful a day it was on Wednesday, yesterday and today have been wildly windy with leaves falling like huge colored snowflakes. The temp hasn't reached much more than the low 40s for the past two days and when we picked our apples this morning, even though we had gloves on, we both had to come in once to thaw out frozen fingers. A rain and snow mix has been forecasted for the past two days, but so far we've not had any. Just wind that cuts to the bone and is stripping the trees of all their fall splendor. Oh well. It is the first part of October. Up here it's time for that to happen.
I must admit I am getting a little eager to see the first snowfall!