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Loitering in Autumn

Autumn always leaves me wanting more. It’s the appetizer-sized season that usually has me eying adjacent months for just a little more of the same.

This year it seemed to linger a little longer. As I’ve hit my favorite running trails this past week, bright splashes of color can still be found amongst the architecture of bared trees. It was one lovely last breath of crisp air under a warm sun. Fairly soon, the exhale will be a puff of frosty vapor.

At this time last year, a friend and I stole away to Mohican State Park for a midweek hike. No crowds. No maps or cell signals either, but we still managed to find the rusty red fire tower and a couple of hiking trails. We explored a little, climbing down to a waterfall with a massive tree root structure for handholds, and picnicked at the Pleasant Hill Dam.

More of an amble than a race, it was Fall at a savoring pace.

Updated from November 15, 2010.

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Featured Photo: Leaf Limbo

Featured Photo: Leaf Limbo (Mt Gilead State Park, Ohio, USA)

Lovely autumn colors generate crowds of nature lovers in Ohio parks, but last weekend we avoided the caravans of sightseers by visiting a lesser known fall refuge: Mt Gilead State Park. I still have yearnings for seasonal favorites such as the Hocking Hills and Mohican State Parks, but the peaceful trails of Mt Gilead were restorative and the colors around the lakes, spectacular.

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Season’s Sayonara

Segueing into a new season can feel similar to returning from a trip. The memories of where you just were may be vivid, but the visible evidence lies only in memories and, maybe, a few photographs.

Last month’s hike around Mohican State Park isn’t so distant on the calendar, but the vibrantly colored leaves that drew us out on that day are already well on their way to becoming the mulch for next spring’s seedlings.

I like to look forward.  Rear view mirrors are meant for quick glances, not a prolonged focus. Tomorrow always holds the biggest possibilities, even when frozen and dusted by snow.  And like so many elements of our life… seasons return.  The lingering memories will, before long, turn in simple anticipation of what is just ahead.

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