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Black Friday 2011

 

Not quite what you expected? Let me explain.

My best shopping experiences generally involve selecting the tastiest tomatoes in produce or the cool tools at the hardware store (I even have a favorite sales guy in electrical). I don’t abhor “real” shopping, but my natural inclinations pull me toward trails more often than malls. And quite frankly, Black Friday intimidates me. I wouldn’t even buy a banana in the midst of such an adrenaline-laced retail event.

So we escaped to Caesar Creek State Park. The parking lot was uncrowded. The trail was as clear as the air and the views. We completely missed the bargains. The competition. The madness.

This season arrives pre-loaded with a frenzy of traditions and obligations. It’s worth taking a quiet moment to choose what is most personally meaningful. If shopping is your thing, be my guest (and you can claim my parking space. At the back of the lot —sorry!). But before methodically checking off the items on your annual list, why not take a look at the list itself. See if last year’s priorities are worthy of the same attention this year.

It turned out that my “must do”s hadn’t changed over the past twelve months. Which is why we went hiking as a family the day after Thanksgiving.

For more on choosing meaningful traditions, visit “Traditions” on the Inspiration page at Heather Dugan Creative .

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Autumn Amble

Fall draws me to the woods like no other season.  It slowly slides into place but then moves emphatically, steadily draining chlorophyll from foliage and displaying the hidden beauty of leaves that were once a familiar green.

While Spring teases with moments of warmth and a slow greening, Fall fascinates with subtle whispers that seem to fade the moment I turn an ear to listen.

Photos are from Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, Ohio.

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Caesar Creek Stre-etch

Yesterday we found Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville, Ohio at about the halfway point in our back-to-college drive from Columbus.  Zach and I walked along the gorge, a spillway and the clear blue waters of Caesar Creek lake enjoying “near peak” foliage color.  Not a bad way to stretch the legs and fit in just a little more of the fleeting fall season.

More photos tomorrow…

In queue: Puerto Rico, snorkeling in Vieques, Arizona hiking, Cape Cod, biking the Kokosing Trail

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