Hiking and biking

Walking one of the paths at the Holden Arboretum

We have been gifted with some amazing weather here in the Bogs.  It hardly feels like November.  Yesterday was simply gorgeous.  Sunny with a mostly clear sky.  Warm temperatures.  Perfect hiking and biking weather.

I could have spent the day working on my fall cleaning.  Or in the garden, finishing up the “putting it to bed for the winter” project.  Instead, I went to the Holden Arboretum for a 2.5 mile hike and followed that with a 7-mile bike ride in Chardon on the Maple Highlands Trail.  Call it an Artist’s Date, although I am far from on track with The Artist’s Way project.

A lot of the leaves are gone from the trees at the arboretum, at least on the periphery.  There are a few maples and oaks still holding their leaves.  The bald cypresses and beech trees are providing beautiful shades of brown, gold, and yellow.  If you venture into the woods, you’ll find a bit more color than on the outer paths.

Ginko leaves scattered on the ground


Although we’ve had dry weather for a few days now, the ground is still boggy from our record-setting rains.  I wore my Vibrams for the hiking and the biking.  Even though I’ve had them for over a year now, I still find it odd to walk through boggy spots allowing my feet to get wet.  It has an almost playful quality to it, reminding me of splashing through puddles when I was a child.  It is an almost-barefoot experience, and the shoes dry pretty quickly.  Best.  Hiking. Shoes. Ever.

Around Corning Lake

After a short walk on one of the main paths, I ventured off to the woods via the Bole Woods Trail.  The aim was to find the sugarbush area, a beech-maple forest remnant that was once managed for maple syrup production for over 30 years.

I’ll tell you more about that in another post.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the main pathways and the trail that leads to Bole Woods.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.  Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all.  But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.

~ William Blake

Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.

~ Malay proverb

A glimpse of the beautiful blue sky

It is day 39 of my yoga and food commitments.  The changes are coming in small increments, yet when I stand back and look at the bigger picture, the accumulation of small changes becomes large.  I’m not even sure where to start when I try to write about it, especially here at Ye Olde Blog.  Perhaps I’ll find the words another day.

That’s it from the Bogs (and the arboretum) for today.  Thank you for dropping by and joining me on the beginning of yesterday’s small adventure.  Watch out for the puddles and boggy spots unless, of course, you don’t mind having wet feet.  🙂

Speaking of puddles, there's one just to the left on the path.

37 Comments on “Hiking and biking”

  1. Good for you for heading out on the hiking trail..and WOW..such vibrant beautiful colors!!

  2. tedgriffith says:

    Who could pass up a day like that when given the opportunity?! Wonderful colors and I really enjoyed the cattails! 🙂

  3. I think you made the right decision… who would want to clean on a gorgeous day like that?!

  4. milkayphoto says:

    Mother Nature surprised us with a high of 59 degrees today! So needed after the freezing temps of late!

    Alas, I didn’t have quite the fun day they you had as I knew if I didn’t get the perennials into the ground, I might not get another chance. Still, it was wonderful being outside digging in the dirt and tossing peanuts to the critters. I saw a chipmunk and smiled since I thought they were down for the season. Guess they are trying to gather as much as they can before their winter nap.

    Congrats on sticking to your committment! I’m coming up on 9 months (!) and I cannot begin to describe how good I feel! Keep it up! 🙂

  5. Some of those trees have the most amazing color imaginable. Love these fall photos.

    Also, sounds like a wonderful artist date.


  6. nigel says:

    Some really great lighting in these photos

  7. Absolutely beautiful! What an inspirational walk. I am just starting the walking journey after a long long illness. So I am starting slow, but I won’t stop.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Saundra. 🙂

      Just take it one step at a time. I had a back injury a few years ago and started with a walking journey. It took a while, but it was well worth the effort to gain back my strength and ability to walk.

  8. Kathy says:

    Sounds like a fun hike and bike! I headed out to the woods for a hike today, too. Was pondering how tandem our lives are. Including our yoga practice and healthy eating and outdoor commitments and spiritual inclination. Nice photos, as always, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      I know what you mean. It’s interesting how our lives coincide. It may be more noticeable now that I’m blogging more from the heart/soul than just recording events the way I did in the past.

  9. Tammy says:

    Your weather looks splendid and it makes me want to hike and bike. I love your photos.

  10. Marianne says:

    Great to hear about your Artist’s Date, Robin.

    Last year I worked with a coach who suggested that I do something I love to do first then tackle the other jobs that aren’t much fun. She said that doing what you love is a way to gain energy to get you through the jobs that drain energy. It did work when I remembered to do it.

    Beautiful day, beautiful photos.

  11. Chloe says:

    what gorgeous fall colours

  12. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. The shoes sound like a return to ‘real’. Your photo of the ginko leaves is delightful. Ginko is exotic to me and the photo instantly sends me to get metaphors… butterflies, potato chips, wood shavings, etc. jane.

    • Robin says:

      Hi Jane. 🙂

      I find ginko to be exotic too. I ended up taking several photos of the tree and leaves. The shape of the leaves is so different from the other trees that dominate in this area. I like your metaphors. 🙂

  13. Sounds – and looks – like a lovely day!
    Know what you mean about the soft ground…I described it to someone yesterday as ,”walking on a wet dish sponge.” Does that sound about right to you, too?

  14. ceceliafutch says:

    Beautiful photos, as usual. Thank you for taking us along on your stroll. I particularly like “Benched.” 🙂

  15. bearyweather says:

    Definitely the right decision! Taking advantage of every nice day this time of year is a MUST. Our world could turn cold and white at any time. I envy your day out in nature with your camera .. thanks for sharing the beauty of it.

  16. Karma says:

    I love how you are finding the gorgeousness of the season. I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of it, especially after that freaky snow. The temps have actually been lovely here (after Saturday), and I probably would have loved gettting out and taking pictures in other circumstances. Hard to get out and about with downed poles, tree, powerlines etc.

    • Robin says:

      Welcome back, Karma! It’s good to see you in the blogosphere again. Some of my family had similar experiences with that freak winter storm you guys got. Glad to see you’re getting somewhat back to normal now. 🙂

  17. ElizOF says:

    Nature is so beautiful and you present her well…. TY! 🙂

  18. ElizOF says:

    I’ve been out of the loop with power outages and conferences… now catching up on comments. TY! 🙂

  19. carlaat says:

    Catching up on missed posts – love the gingko leaves! 🙂

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