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Country Walks

One of the joys of living in the country is taking walks with my dog.  We have three dogs but our yellow lab is the one who loves to walk.  When she walks, she does not chase critters and she rarely puts her nose to the ground.  She simply walks.  She will greet other walkers then move on.  And it astounded me that when a fellow dog walker offered her a treat, she refused it.  She wanted to walk.  Labs are rather single-minded.

 On our walk 

We walk in a local, county park.  Unfortunately, the country roads where we live are rather busy and it is safer for us to walk in the park.  Walking in the same areas gives me the chance to notice seasonal changes.  I especially like this time between summer and autumn.  It is quieter on our walks.  The ducks, geese, and swans on the lake are much more docile.  The visiting songbirds have headed south.  Since this is not mating season, the chirping of the local chickadees and blue jays signify scuffles and warnings rather than songs of love.  I noticed a white egret in a wetland the last few days.  It will be making its way south shortly.

 All smiles 

We come across a snake sunning itself on the warmer dirt path.  It looks like a stick and my dog walks right over it.   I hear the rustling of chipmunks and squirrels in the undergrowth. 

The leaves have not yet changed but the wildflowers give us late season color.    The grey, overcast days of winter are not yet upon us here in Michigan, so we can still enjoy the sunny, clear blue skies of summer without the heat and humidity. 

Late summer swim 

A cold front blew through last night so our highs will be in the 60s and the lows in the 40s for the next week.  Our yellow lab thinks this is perfect weather for a walk in the country.  I tend to agree with her.

chuck mallory
9/22/2012 4:44:34 PM

Since I live nearby in Illinois, I've been to Michigan many times and can tell you it's definitely a beautiful place where there are many nice country walks and hikes. You can walk by Lake Michigan (much quieter than the Chicago side of the lake!) or go inland for a true foresty walk.

going native
9/22/2012 3:40:31 PM

I noticed on my walk today that leaves were falling. We had a little more rain here in Michigan but it was still hot and drier. What we are feeling now is the low supply of apples and peaches because of the hot March and the freezes in April.

nebraska dave
9/18/2012 9:32:03 PM

Mary, walks this time of the year are definitely enjoyable. I've just begun the fall cleanup of the yard. Another good rain has brought the lawns out of the drought dormant state and the tree leaves are beginning to drop. The Farmer's Almanac says that the midwest might not have too much fall color because of the long hot dry summer. The leaves just might fall off the trees without turning. Have a great fall walking day.