Sunday, September 22, 2013

Of Black Bears and Bonfires

The freshness of Autumn mornings surround me as I crunch through the mountains' fallen leaves and wander in her crisp and dense woods. Traveling into the calling hillsides brings a sort of euphoria; a calming freedom. 
Camping in the dewy (and later stormy) dampness of an Appalachian fall is one of my favourite feelings, where all I know is my banjo, my drum, and my muddy boots.  Sounds of  the black bears and the howl of the woods, coupled with the smell of campfires and wet earth is so very enriching~ a feeling I hate to pack away.
***Trying to figure out the setting on the camera, a task we never mastered!
In the chill, calm before the storm, we hiked to the summit to breathe in paradise. 
**The festival we stumbled upon a couple years ago has become a late September destination.  Mandolins, banjos, dancing, and true bluegrass mingle with fresh cider and sasparilla.  People who appreciate my genuine need to wander and don't ask me to stop, only to 'sit a spell'.

** A diner stop on the way home before hitting another festival. Good foods, good tunes, and good folks= my kind of existence.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Of Weekend Highs

This weekend finally brought the cool air I've been craving, but I suddenly realized-- OH DANG! SEPTEMBER IS RAPIDLY ENDING!!!!!!
Of course that indicates to me how horribly behind I am in all my to~do and to~see lists. Panic button blinking aside, I'm really thrilled that our favourite season of all is tumbling in on us and am [eagerly & now, quickly] planning this year's Hallowe'en celebrations, editing our wishlist, and lengthening my honey-do list. (My "music" right now is the sound of Ky's drill building me a bench out of an old shelf, so that's one less thing, right?)

So, after the morning I had (I'll just sum it up with a gigantic eye roll),Kyle decided the woods and a chilly hike would cheer me up.
Hiking Annapolis Rock (ironically enough not in Annapolis), Antietem Battlefield, and the first Washington Monument on a lovely early fall afternoon.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Of Hoops and Hot Cider

This is the way to start a weekend.  Hoops, Trees, and Hot Cider.
Make believing we're still very young and this is all there is.  Nature and hoops.
Loving Autumn

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wonderful Week's End

Although I'm actually really content with this new teaching position, I've been living for the weekend freedom.  Hoping that I'll 'find my groove' with the whole balancing act of job and life again (new curriculum - heads up = copious amount of time sitting and cutting and pasting and....) within the next week to allow me time to be Karen and not Mrs. G.

With the temperatures finally cooling off, I've been delighted to absorb the feeling of fall through each sense. 

This weekend was lovely.
(Left to Right; Top to Bottom)
There were folk festival posters, fresh apple pickin', Annapolis strolling, a Sarah Jarosz concert, a touch of time to do some art myself, art fair finds, and tomato harvesting.

*Le Sigh* 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Laborless Weekend

September brings to my heart a great, slightly ridiculous yearning for a true Yooper Autumn.  There, September can be felt as the air abruptly chills and the river runs more wildly.  Here, in the city, September is business as usual.   Labor Day weekend, in the mitten, at least, is the final weekend of summer.  Only after one last summer trip to the Cherry Capital or to the end of summer sidewalk festivals will the yellow busses be seen. 

This is the season I am most proud to recognize that, even though I will always be a wanderer, I do have roots planted deeply in the rich, dark soils near the Superior Lake. 

This weekend, although many hours away, had the feeling of September that I have been craving.

I saw a lot of this:
I stalked some of these: 

And I ate a lot of this:
As the summer sun is setting and my most wonderful time of the year begins, I am excited to chase the feeling of Autumn right into winter's cold breath. 

Here's to a 3-day work week and sweater weather!