Parrot Bay

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My husband, my sister, and I enjoyed a morning walk along the leaf-covered trails at Parrot Bay Conservation Area.

The trails were entirely blanketed with golden leaves and pine needles.  Blue jays swooped past us (too quickly to capture), ducks and geese squawked at us from the water, and tiny chipmunks skittered by.

Only one creature paused long enough for me to photograph…

snake

We should do this more often.

An Outdoor Afternoon

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It took a bit of convincing to get the kids outside for the afternoon.

Crisp and cool, it was a refreshing late fall afternoon, too beautiful to be spent indoors. After much procrastination (kids’) and frustration (Mom’s), they were dressed and out. It took about two minutes for them to start having fun. Instead of sitting in front of a video game, they built forts, went for a walk in the woods, and played make-believe on the swing set.

Listening to their carefree laughter was the highlight of my day.