My mother Mary has been visiting. She stayed with my sister a few nights on this trip, so that she could spend some quality time with my adorable nephew. Frankie loves visits from Grammy, so wasn't necessarily excited to share her, but we arranged it so she would be here with us for the Halloween excitement, and could stay with Frankie while Erwin and I attended a parent-teacher conference at his school. Pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating are very important to my five-, almost six-year old. We didn't get in as much hiking as we sometimes do, but we did have fun!
With all the obligations of Halloween behind us, and perfect weather for a fall hike, we decided to spend Mary's last day with us outside. Everyone was happy to go to Clark Reservation State Park, which worked out great. On the way out the door, Frankie grabbed the hat from his Pikachu costume, so we had an extra, atypical element of fun. We set out along the Dry Lake Trail, then followed the Big Buck Trail to the the Long Trail, and returned via the Cliff Trail. It was such a gorgeous day out there, with honeyed amber light filtering through brilliant yellow leaves. What a golden day!
|bench on the Dry Lake Trail|