Slice of Life: Hiking, Biking, Boating

tree in fall(This is for the Slice of Life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective and then all through March — every single day  …  You write, too.)

Here in New England, this October is breathtakingly beautiful. The trees are in the midst of change. The air is crisp and clean but still warm enough for comfort once the day kicks in. And with the start of the annual Write Out this long weekend (Write Out runs for the next two weeks), I was determined to get outside and be outside, and I am happy to say: mission accomplished.

On Saturday, we went for a long hike in a neighboring town, on a historic trail. On Sunday, I was for a long bike ride and found a nice “sit spot” along a canal, which is part of a state park area. And yesterday, my wife and I drove an hour north, into Brattleboro, Vermont, where we found a nice boat put-in that began in an alcove of the Connecticut River, and then led us to the river itself, where for a long time, we didn’t see a single person (until a fishing boat showed up).

Kayak in Vermont

Now, I am planning out ways to get my students involved in the Write Out activities, from video writing prompts by National Park Service rangers, to STEAM-themed data and writing journals, and more.

Peace (in the midst of seasonal change),

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  1. Great photo, Kevin. The thrill of October’s color, crispness, and “comfort once the day kicks in” is reflected in the excitement of the imminent Write Out. Nature is an invitation to awe (as is writing…).

  2. Kevin, my heart is right there in the great outdoors. I was scheduled to leave today on a hike through Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia, stay in one of their cabins, kayak their waters. Instead, I broke my ankle and have to live the outdoors vicariously until I can move freely again. So posts like yours bring joy to my heart – the kind of day you spent in the outdoors is calming and energizing all at once. The universe aligns to bring things back in perspective when you breathe the clean air and take the time to appreciate the canvas of stunning scenery as you did.

  3. Love these photos! Here in the Midwest we’re still waiting to hit peak season, but you’d better believe I’ll be hiking just like you were!

    You’re also inspiring me to check out the Write Out activities. I’m always game for a new adventure.

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