It’s not often I have the opportunity to get away for a few days, but whenever I do, I am so grateful. This weekend gave me a chance to breath some mountain air in beautiful Lake Tahoe, on the border of Northern California and Nevada. There is something about being in the mountains that forces one to appreciate the absolute beauty of nature. Mountain air can’t help but clear the mind, lift the spirits, and fill the soul.
Last year, the holidays were hectic for me. My older brother was serving four months of military duty in Iraq. So I invited my sister-in-law and her three young children to stay with us in order to distract from the absence felt from a husband overseas serving our country. It was a very full house, filled with constant activity, but we did happen to make great memories. This year, I want to approach the holidays in a different way. I want these next months to be filled with quiet moments and simple pleasures. This year, I want to slow down.
The holidays are rapidly approaching, and so is the frenzied pace that seems to accompany the season. Today, I decided to focus on what I want the holidays to be this year. I began to create my ‘To Do’ list. Not a list of mundane tasks, but a list filled with activities that live in the beauty of the moment. So far, my List includes the following: Bake something that is mouth-watering delicious. Carve a fantastic pumpkin with my children. Set an inviting Thanksgiving table. Start a new tradition. Create something stunningly beautiful for the season. Remember Christmases past. Have a truly magical moment.
Today, I was able to check off one of the items from My Seasonal To Do List.
Seasonal Goal #1 – Take a Long Autumn Walk with Family
Our country has so many scenic lakes, and Lake Tahoe is one of them. We usually visit the lake in winter during the ski season, but this time we enjoyed the beauty of fall. We had a great hike on Sunday, beginning at the vista of Emerald Bay.
The hike down to the lake was filled with the best colors of autumn.
The forest floor was covered will all shades of amber, yellow, and green.
I adore the yellows of fall just as much as I anticipate the daffodils of spring.
Down at the lake on Emerald Bay, we enjoyed the beach amid the forest.
There’s nothing like a forest hike for a stretch of the legs, and the imagination.
I wish you could smell the scents of this forest.
If only someone could bottle this, they’d be rich.
It was three hours at a leisurely pace exploring the trails of Lake Tahoe, climbing trees and searching for wildlife. If I’d remembered to bring a tote, I would have brought home an entire collection of these beautiful pinecones for our home.
Three hours of hiking is plenty exercise for a three year old.
Tomorrow, it’s back to business as usual. I can’t wait to finish up some of the projects that are waiting for me back home.
Are you enjoying autumn in your town? Do you have any special goals for the upcoming holidays ?