Project Get Out: Week 3

Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough.

Things have been a touch busier this week, so it’s just a quick shot of outdoor activity from the past week:

Monday: Gorgeous fall day. I couldn’t help myself, and I went for a five-mile run around “the block.”

Tuesday: I’m not sure what happened, but I just didn’t manage to get myself outside after a long day at work and making dinner. The short days are really starting to catch up with me on days like this. I’ll need to find an activity that I can safely do outside in complete darkness… and, eventually, snow. Hmm… maybe star-gazing?

Wednesday: Cyclocross practice. I am sooooo slow! But I love it anyway.

Thursday: Another gorgeous fall day, so it was easy to make outside time. After getting home, I took a walk to the lake and back. And since I had also lifted big, heavy weights that afternoon, I could really feel it when I was walking up the hill on my way home.

Friday: I may have squeaked out a half hour of outside time, but just barely. If so, it was just the walk to/from my car in the morning (which has been particularly gorgeous all week) and evening and the walk to/from going to get lunch with friends.

Saturday: I probably spent to much time inside in the morning, but I did get out and spend lots of time in the garden. We had our second light frost (I love our location because neighbors have had heavy frosts since mid-September), which meant that it was time to call it quits on the green beans and zucchini. I put things away for the year, turned the compost, and got some beds set up for next year. In the evening, we had an impromptu gathering of our neighbors and built a fire in our front lawn.

Sunday: I started the day with a walk to the lake, but decided that the 2.5-mile walk wasn’t enough and kept walking around the neighborhood until I went about 5 miles. It was gorgeous. Fall light is completely different from any other time of year—low and bright, it’s particularly golden from bouncing off the maple leaves. And the maples are great, but I’ve been particularly interested in seeing how the light really brings out the features of other trees too—the dark green of hemlock and other conifers, the bark of yellow birch and paper birch. In the afternoon, I went for a bike ride with friends and got to see more countryside, including the Covered Road. Even a bit past peak color, it was a great day to be out there.

Gorgeous day on the Covered Road.


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