This week we borrowed a car and got out of town to the beautiful Seidman Park just to the East of Grand Rapids about 20 miles. We walked the trails kicking through the layers of fallen leaves. The woods were beautiful and sad with bare trees all in a pallet of muted greys and browns. We all dressed too warm and the layers started coming off as we made our way deeper into the park.
At one point we noticed a small mostly hidden pond which we had to leave the trail to get to. Rain was picking her way along the bank when she stepped off a large stone and on to what looked like the dry bank and sunk past her boot in the wet mud camouflaged with the layer of dry leaves. She made the rest of the journey with a one foot soaker but she didn't seem to mind too much.
It just felt so good to walk through the woods that day. We finished with a picnic dinner of sandwiches and nut mix at the end of the trail. Getting out of the house and taking a walk through the woods was a simple way to reconnect with nature and each other. I cherish those opportunities.