This past weekend we made our (what seems like) bi-monthly trip to Mchenry. We haven’t seen them since the beginning of August and we were missing them, as much as they were missing us.
When I was making plans with my Aunt, she suggested that we go for a nice long walk in the early afternoon, not only was it free but she said it was beautiful and I trust her judgement one hundred percent!
I really love it there for the same reasons I really love going to Galena with my in-laws: the whole small, quaint town, with lots and lots of green is really my jam. Whenever Dominic and I look at houses on Zillow (seriously one of my favorite things to do), we always check for two things: One, can I make it look like my House board on Pinterest? And two, are there enough trees? Does it look like a forest in the backyard? Since we always manage to look outside of Illinois when we’re dream-home searching, Portland has pretty much stolen our hearts. Kind of has everything we want! But, that’s another story for another day. Anyway, Mchenry has a lot of green. The state park that my aunt suggested we go on our nature walk definitely had a lot of green. The minute we pulled in, I was already in heaven.
Since getting my iPhone, I haven’t taken my big girl camera out much. It makes me so sad but with a sweet little tornado toddler, an iPhone is just a lot more convenient. I’ve been trying to make it a point to get it out a little more, so this nature walk was the perfect excuse to do so.
We walked a total of three miles, to and from the car. I could’ve gone a lot longer had I remembered to bring snacks, but I didn’t, and we were all pretty much starving. We brought our stroller with so that Olivia could rest in it when she wanted but our girl was a trooper. She walked the whole way, up and down huge hills and just kept going. I love how interested and excited she was to go on this walk, and I love how eager she was to look for special treasures to but inside her little nature bag, to bring home with her.
Dominic and I really enjoy showing Olivia how important it is to spend time outside, enjoying nature. My Aunt also gets that so every time we go up there she always finds us something fun to do, that doesn’t involve electronics. I hope Olivia always remembers that spending time in front of the TV/iPad (or whatever electronic devices they have in 10 years), is nowhere near as important as spending time with good old mother nature ;)
We ended the night with a BBQ and a bonfire, as any good day should end, of course.
Aaaaaand her beautiful treasures to take us out:
Fall, you are so beautiful. The colors, the weather, the way you make the leaves fall so gracefully. Perfection. I am so glad I got to photograph a little bit of you, in all of your ridiculous glory.
P.S. Didn’t I tell you that jacket made all the pictures pop?! Love!