Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Fall Day

The leaves are dressing themselves in different hues and starting to fall to the ground.  The weather is cooling off.  (We've had record highs the last few days.)  The crisp breeze is blowing.  The smell of Fall is in the air.  (The good one, not the smell of burning leaves.  Not yet anyway.)  I noticed all this on my bike ride this morning.  I saw today could be one of the last nice days left this year.  I had to get out and take advantage of it.  (Plus I really needed to get some mileage in.  I slacked off yesterday.)  We left around 10:30 and were gone almost 2 hours.  I didn't ride that long, only about 55 minutes.  (I got in 9 miles.  I'm now up to 23!)

We rode over to Notre Dame.  The leaves there aren't changing as fast as our tree is, maybe once the temp drops.  (Then I'll go back for pictures.)

Glowing Tree I

We rode past some diggers and tractors working on what looks like a softball field.  Kade, who was riding in the trailer, was thrilled to see the machinery.  We also rode around the stadium.  It was so quiet there.  No need to do any celebrating I guess.  I didn't go too far onto campus because I wanted to avoid all the student traffic.  We did take a little break, Kade wanted out, by the Jordan Science building and the Athletic Complex.

Taking a Break

I told Kade we could go to a park as part of our ride.  Our city is weird.  The sidewalks can start and stop several times on one road.  To get to the part I wanted to stop at required us to basically go back home before getting to our destination.  (I don't ride on all the busy streets.  Too stressful.)  We went to the little playground in the back of Edison school.  It was quiet with only one other mom and child there.  But then a special ed. class came out for recess.  I was a little worried they might run over Kade but he kept his distance from the big kids.  He didn't want anything to do with the other little kid either but he did say hi to him.  I think he enjoyed playing on his own, swinging on his tummy and going down the slides.  (There are no picutres due to the graffiti on the play set.  I don't need four letter words in my pictures!)

I'm going to have to make sure I get out enough to enjoy the rest of this beautiful Autumn.  I'm sure I'll be raking soon enough.  Maybe we can go to the pumpkin patch on Saturday.  Hint, hint.

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