I called my August trip back home to Massachusetts the Visit the Kids trip. I hadn’t seen my friends or their 11-year old daughter since my husband and I moved back to my childhood, New York home in September 2013. I also wanted to visit my niece C who was born to close friends four days after we moved.
This trip was the Visit the New FurKids trip. Two sets of friends who lived near the Worcester area both acquired new fur kids, one was a kitten named Mia and, later, an elderly pit bull mix named Julio. Because we have an ill, elderly cat, we decided to make a quick, one-day trip back up north to meet our new fur-niece and fur-nephew.
So you would think that this trip will be full of pictures of animals.
You’d be wrong.
During the first leg of our trip, our friend took us on a hike near Rutland, MA. The day was bright, clear, and chilly. Shortly after we started, we passed by a lake bordered by trees.
Along the hike, we encountered a dead forest.
The hike ahead was long and inviting.
We stopped at a tunnel.
Since we were on a schedule, we turned back around the way we came.
Water dripped down the mossy rock face and onto the colorful, fallen leaves. I would have taken a video, but leaf blowers started blowing in the distance right after I had the idea.
From our walk, we went to eat at Flo’s, a nearby farm. The cows were just chill in’ along the fence.
Later in the day, we went for a walk with our friends and Julio. Our friends in Marlboro, MA walked us and Julio on a trail through woods adjacent to a park and country club. The fallen pine needles crisply scented the air. So much better than any kind of pine freshener than companies try to create in their fake labs.
Life, with friends and furkids and hikes in New England on a crisp autumn day, is great.