To The Glen Again

I must confess something to you.

The unseasonably warm temperatures have been a bit of a downer here at Chez Knitting Sarah. Our entire family loves winter and this longest autumn ever has been wearing on us. As we watch and listen to others celebrate the mild weather, I realize this makes us very odd ducks. There’s a tiny part of me that is a little relieved that the stress on our soon-to-be-replaced 30-year-old furnace has been minimal, but nonetheless we’re longing for snow and cold that bites at our noses & takes our breath away.

It was with this in our hearts that we made the little trek to Parfrey’s Glen. This is a small, incredibly beautiful natural area that I’ve talked about at least 2 or 3 times before here.  Over the years it’s become too crowded for out tastes in the summer, but we can usually manage to find a good day in spring or fall when it’s quiet and not congested. We thought a Wednesday in mid-November might be just right and I’m delighted to say we were right as we only ran into a half dozen other souls on the trail this time around.

This place is a great geology lesson for the kids and — at least for me — a great, humbling reminder that Earth is a big, amazing place.

img_5244From the smallest details in the rocks…

img_5249To the remnants of an ancient sea, no matter where you choose to focus your attention it is an awe-inspiring spot.

The kids, well, they love balancing on downed trees…

img_5182And the excitement of the many stream crossings…

img_5245And my husband and I love to see them having so much fun and chuckling at the inevitable exclamation when someone slips and winds up a little in the drink…

img_5246And just the quiet and the stillness of it all.

We had a little picnic at the end of the trail…

img_5239Right here in this magical spot.

And when I’d finished my lunch and was waiting for everyone else…

img_5234I was reminded that the spindle is a very, very special tool.

We hiked out way out…

And at the insistence of our youngest made a stop at the Blue Spoon Cafe for some gelato. Who can refuse ice cream after a hike? We made a quick stop at Wollersheim Winery for a couple special bottles of wine and then headed home.

It was one of those days that is a great reminder of how lucky we are. That we have both the time and money to take these little day trips, to be awed by the world around us, and to play together in the quiet of the glen again — it’s a gift that not everyone in this world enjoys. I look back and I’m humbled and thankful for the beautiful day, for the awesome place, and for our time with each other. It’s this simple perspective that propels me forward and inspires me every day.

14 responses to “To The Glen Again

  1. I am wishing there was snow, too. You are not the only odd ducks. There is nothing better than snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking. You can be on the same trail year-round and each season brings something new. It is what I love about WI.

    • So cool to meet a fellow winter-lover! I feel like there aren’t very many of us, but that can’t be true. I just love that briskness of the air and how quiet & clear the world gets.

      • I’m jealous! Nothing near us that’s a quick day trip. Nearest is Kerrville, but that’s a good 4 1/2 hour drive – too much for a day. 😦 I’m happy you get to do such cool things with your family – aren’t you fortunate to all have similar interests!

      • That is a bummer!

        Fortunate, yes, but we’ve also put a lot of effort into teaching that some days we don’t get to do our favorite things, but that spending the time together is important and it’s important to come together as a team to make whatever we’re doing special. It’s kind of like cooking dinner — we don’t always get our favorites, but it’s our responsibility to make the best of it because it *is* someone’s favorite and we can respect that. 🙂

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