Autumn Weekends

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
— John Muir

Adventures of the day: downtown walks, hiking Stringer's Ridge, and hammocking in my backyard until dusk.

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Today was one of the first days that really felt like fall. I've been needing a new place to explore, so after Rembrandt's & a walk with Mike downtown, Riley and I headed up to Stringer's Ridge for awhile. It's a pretty popular place, but I hadn't had a chance to make it up there until today. I'm glad I went! It's too bad I don't have the coordination for trail running or mountain biking, because it's a stellar spot for it. There are several trails to choose from, all varying in difficulty. The trail markings are different than what I'm used to, but fairly easy to pick up on once you get the system. Just make sure you pay attention to the signs and watch out for bikers!

We started at the Spears Road trailhead and decided on the Strut Trail (take the short access trail until you get to the Double J/Strut split). We took a quick detour onto the Cherokee Trail to check out the observation deck overlooking the city (it's a great view!), and then turned around to complete the Strut loop. It was a pretty easy hike with some rolling hills, but nothing steep. The area is completely wooded, minus the trails, and it is so peaceful, even though I passed several people along the way. I'll definitely be back--it's a great place to go when I don't have time to drive to the mountains for a longer hike (and a nice alternative to sidewalks for walking Riley).

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After coming home, I set up my Eno in the backyard (complete with a cozy blanket & fresh coffee) and read for a couple of hours until it got dark. Watching sunsets over Signal and listening to the wind blow through the trees and realizing that I get to do this all from my own backyard is one of the best feelings in the world. I am so grateful to get to live in such an awesome spot in such a great city.

Your turn! What adventures did you have today?