I’m not an outdoorsy person, unless I’m lying on a beach or next to a pool somewhere. I don’t get the appeal of going for a walk just for the sake of going for a walk. Like where are we going? Why do we need to go there? Isn’t it faster to drive? I need a purpose. So, these last few weeks, prompted by an unexpected autumn heat wave, I decided to explore the great outdoors with Mila and Marlowe, camera in tow of course. I had found my purpose.I first found myself embracing the great outdoors toward the end of summer when we stumbled on a hidden gem just 15 minutes away from our house. Here are some photos we took in the stunning Lake Wilcox area. I may have encouraged my kids to trespass on private property to get the following shots… but don’t build a cool arch if you don’t want people to take photos under it. Duh.
And we also might have trespassed on this dock. I’ve been a great example to my kids these past few weeks. Lake Wilcox was so beautiful, that we went back again the next week. There was still so much to explore on our second trip. I didn’t even mind “going for a walk for no reason”.
We did a little less trespassing on our second trip, but we still had to walk on the dock. For our next outdoor location, I took the girls to a nearby farm, on a particularly warm autumn day. We were expecting to go apple picking, but realized that mommy should read descriptions more carefully. There were no apples at this farm, so we spent our time feeding the animals, exploring the corn maze and playing in the hay. Here are some photos I took at Whittamore’s Farm. This is the moment I learned that the girls aren’t exactly graceful jumpers: The next week, blessed with more amazing weather, we finally made a visit to an apple orchard. While daddy picked apples that met his high standards, the girls and I did what we do best in the great outdoors, take photos. Here are our photos at Pine Farms Orchards.Although I am not an outdoorsy person, I have really enjoyed taking photos in the great outdoors. What I love most is watching the girls explore new places. Capturing these moments of wonder is my favourite thing, because for a while I can see the world through their eyes and that’s when I can feel the joy of going for a walk for no reason.
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