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This past week has left me feeling like I’m coming out of a fog. The past couple months have been tough, and while things haven’t gotten any better on the job front, I’m not as depressed about it. I imagine the nice weather has helped with that – nothing like waking up to rain to kill any motivation to do anything.

I’ve also gotten out twice this week to go hiking – both times were so well needed. Being home so much is weird, and while I know that I should take advantage of the time to get outside, write more, and sleep in, I feel guilty whenever I do. I constantly have to remind myself that taking care of my body takes care of my mind, too.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I’ll leave you with some more beautiful photos from my hike on Monday!

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Oh, and one from yesterday – the cottonwood is so bad here that in some places, it looks like it’s snowing!

There was so much cottonwood on the trails today it looked like snow. #allergies #hiking

Fall is Coming

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Slowly but surely, fall is making its way here. I could see it creeping in during my hike on Tuesday morning. The leaves are starting to change, and the park is full of berries and other fall flowers in deep oranges and mustard yellows.

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I love to go to this park in the morning because you can get some great photos with all the shadows still hanging around. The morning sun peeking through the trees highlights everything in the most amazing ways.

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Once the sun fully came out, it almost looked like spring again in some parts of the park. the flowers were pale purple, bright yellow, and mixed in were tons of white. It’s strange to see all these pastels mixed in with the muted neutral leaves of fall, but it was a nice way to start my morning.

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Even though this park is now a 30-minute drive away from my new home, I think it’s worth the drive to come out here and walk around. I was determined to find something like this in my area so I wouldn’t have to drive so far, but it just isn’t going to happen. I live in a city now – one that doesn’t have this kind of quiet area to hike or bike. So for now, I am going to just suck it up and make the drive. I love it there, and I didn’t realize how much I truly missed it until I went back. Sure, it’s going to cost me a bit in gas money to make that trip a few times a week, but I think it’s well worth it if it will help me stay a healthy and happy person.

Besides, the town it’s in has some of the most amazing cafes and restaurants. I can always take my work with me and make a day of it. 🙂