September 30, 2013

Fall Cattails & 55 miles with Marianne

We're at the height of Fall loveliness here in our area.  It's been very warm, no frost yet.  Our basswood & ash trees have lost their leaves entirely, while our oaks & maples are barely beginning to turn.   

Our cattails are starting to burst out with their cottony down.


A month or so ago, our neighbor Marianne was visiting, and she mentioned she'd never been to Smith Lake (a favorite little lake of ours' just a couple of miles away) and had always wanted to see it.  
Marianne has been all over the world.  She's seen the pope in Italy.  She loved Switzerland.  She's been to Grand Central Station, the Grand Canyon, Harvard University, and on & on.  Every year her Christmas card is like a series of those traveling gnome photos.. Marianne with the Statue of Liberty.. Marianne with a saguaro cactus.. Marianne in front of Mount Rushmore.. Marianne on top of the Rockies.  She pops up everywhere.  But in 94 years of living right here in our rural township, she has never been to Smith Lake, tucked in the woods just up the road.  So I told her we'd take a spin there on a nice fall day.
Today was the day!  After the three younger kids got home on the bus & had a snack, we picked up Marianne, who was ready to go!  First stop, Smith Lake: 
Since it was so nice out, we thought we'd check out the fall colors and we hit another first time landmark for Marianne, beautiful Lake Siseebakwet.  The kids dipped their toes & collected acorns.  We saw black squirrels & watched a flock of about fifty geese take flight from water.
She was enjoying it so much, she suggested we jaunt down another road.  Which eventually took us across country nearly to my mom & dad's, so we swung by their house to say hello.  Then we moseyed back home, taking more back roads & making a loop of our local excursion.  All total, 55 miles of fall leaves, lakes, and dirt roads.  We had a grand time!
Back just in time to have a nice family dinner & for the kids to do homework & get ready for bed.  
A wonderful way to spend our last evening of September.  

28 comments:

  1. What gorgeous fall colours. We've had frost but are still waiting for the leaves to turn...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Isnät it just the was, you can go around the world many times and not bother to see the wonders on your own doorstep. A lovely day for you all indeed. I so miss the maples and covered bridges of Vt. but my flying days are over and I can only enjoy them in memory and on blogs.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful tour- and a wonderful way to end September!

    ReplyDelete
  4. She's 94? She looks so fit! What a fun day you had, Amanda. Wish I could have joined you. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. lovely fall colors and what a great way to end September.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a nice outing! Looks like you had beautiful weather. As always, wonderful photos.

    ReplyDelete
  7. It does sound like a wonderful way to spend a September afternoon. I think back roads are always the best just about any time of the year. Autumn is beautiful in your part of the world.

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a lovely way to spend the last day of September! So glad Marianne got to see some of the local scenery.

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a great things to do on a lovely fall day! Your photos are so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Perfect outing ! How lovely to share it with the kids and a wonderful neighbour! And it is funny that we sometimes travel so far and don't even know our own backyard.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Definitely a great way to spend and evening :) Love the photos of the cattails. So pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love those cat tails. And the beautiful barn behind. Is it yours? It looks lovingly crafted!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, the barn is ours. It has never housed animals, but my husband loves building the style. :)
      Though we did grow a few pigs years ago where the cattails grow now!

      Delete
  13. Amanda,
    What a great way to spend the late afternoon-evening. I bet Marianne and the kids loved it. You too! I am always amazed at how much older people LOVE kids. We so frequently go other places to see neat things and forget that there are awesome sights and attractions in our own backyards.

    I don't think I have seen a cattail burst out in cottony down.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Amanda,
    What a great way to spend the late afternoon-evening. I bet Marianne and the kids loved it. You too! I am always amazed at how much older people LOVE kids. We so frequently go other places to see neat things and forget that there are awesome sights and attractions in our own backyards.

    I don't think I have seen a cattail burst out in cottony down.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a lovely day you all must have had. The colors are so pretty and the shots of the cattails are awesome. Yes, fall is here and it is definitely leaf raking time. genie

    ReplyDelete
  16. She looks like such a sweet lady and how wonderful to have a thoughtful neighbor like you. xo

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your pictures you found to take on your excursion are so nice. Love those Fall days for just that. How blessed she must be to have someone like you, and bet she (as well as your littlekins) really enjoyed it as much as one of her traveling excursions. :)

    That is so nice to get to travel. I've never really been very much out of the state of Ohio, and the fear of flying doesn't help. ha

    Happy Tuesday

    ReplyDelete
  18. It sounds so wonderfully carefree Amanda and I'm sure Marianne soaked up every last minute of it. She would have been able to appreciate it all so much more than if she had been driving too.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Meant to add how much I like your first photo too - beautiful warm wood farm building with your home in the background - just delightful. No wonder you love living there.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Lovely! I'm so glad you got to share the area with Marianne. I love a spunky traveling lady!

    ReplyDelete
  21. How lovely for you all! :-)

    http://tinajoathome.com/

    ReplyDelete
  22. Those warm shades are beautiful! Marianne must be so happy for experiencing the lake with you and your sweet children :) The moments shared together are so precious ... especially in the nature, surrounded peace and serenity!

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a sweet little outing with beauty everywhere!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Gorgeous scenery and look at the barn and oh the cattails! I love cattails! When I just a child every Fall Momma and I would walk around the Farm and the sloughs and pick cattails. Then we would come back home, light a candle and melt crayons over the candle onto the cattails. It was a simple project that she did as a child and I thought it was the most delightful project in the world!
    Thank you Amanda for taking down memory lane:)
    Jemma

    ReplyDelete
  25. These are all splendid shots Amanda! What a wonderful outing you guys had!

    ReplyDelete