Project Get Out: Weeks 4 & 5

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.

I should know this by now, but it always amazes me how quickly fall turns into a swirl of activity. I suspect it’s because the days are getting so much shorter, compressing everything into less and less time. Here’s a very quick round-up of the past two weeks of outings.

Monday: Bonus day off! I met up with a friend to do an out-and-back on the North Country Trail. It was definitely not the most scenic segment of trail, and my feet were wet the entire time from a wet forest understory, but it was still nice to get out.

Tuesday: Unfortunately, because I waited so long to write this post that I’m not sure what I did two weeks ago on this day. Fail. At the same time, I suspect that it was one of the days that I didn’t even make it outside. Double fail.

Wednesday: Cyclocross practice! My bike wasn’t quite working right during the warm up lap, and eventually I realized that it was because the quick release that holds the back wheel in place had come loose. Whoops.

Thursday: Family in town, so we took a quick jaunt up Silver Mountain to see what was left of the fall colors.

End of the 2014 fall colors, as viewed from Silver Mountain.

Friday: I walked in the dark to my neighbors’ house so that I could catch a ride to work. Sometimes I get so freaked out walking alone in the dark, like in The Wizard of  Oz when the characters work themselves into a tizzy thinking about all those critter in the woods. Once I was walking this stretch in the morning dark, also to get to my neighbors’, when I heard a strange noise. Was it a howl? Coyote yelps are pretty common down by the lake… I hope it’s not something scary.  I listened again. It was a rooster crowing at a nearby house. Yup, definitely not scary.

Saturday: We went to Copper Harbor for the weekend so that I could race my bike and so that we could show family around. We caught all the sites. We hiked around the Estivant Pines, which I hadn’t visited in a long, long time. And, of course, went up Brockway Mountain to get a view of the harbor.

End of the 2014 fall colors, as viewed from Copper Harbor.

Sunday: More bike racing fun!

Monday: Mondays are the hardest day for me to get out, and so I didn’t. Grr!

Tuesday: More bad record keeping… I think I took an evening walk.

Wednesday: Walked to a local restaurant to for a lunch meet-up, and then took a nice walk to the lake after work. And then I launched a new website (aka Project Special K) to help motivate people to get out and love the place we live.

I'm really bad at selfies, so this is more my style.
I’m really bad at selfies, so this is more my style.

Thursday: What a long week at work! I didn’t make it out on account of evening activities… but it was fun.

Friday: I took my seven-year-old neighbor to a college soccer game. It was a minor miracle that the weather was really nice and we were able to comfortably sit outside and watch the game. And then after the game, eat Skittles and hang on the poles of the bleachers like monkeys.

Saturday: I spent too much of the day inside,but went for a nice long walk up a woods road by our house.

Sunday: More cyclocross racing action!


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