First off, happy birthday mom (aka grandma)!
Matt's been sick with a cold, so Kaia and I have been spending a couple hours a day outside together so he can have a little quiet and get some much needed sleep. Saturday around 4:00 we headed over to Houghton's Pond in the Blue Hills for a hike and a swim. A swim for her, not for me, mind you.
I love being out during the "magic hour" when the sun is starting to make its way to the horizon.
I noticed on the drive over that the forest canopy is now copper and evergreen. Gone is the variation from light yellow to deep red. But when you enter the woods, there are still many colors - gold, peach, brilliant orange, and crimson.
After a hike through the woods, we headed over to the pond. In the summer we came here to lay in the sun and take Kaia for one of her first swims.
Kaia rushed right into the water, as if it were a blazing hot day.
When I got home, this photo was a total surprise. It came out of the camera just like this. Darkness was setting in.
Before we left, Kaia took a roll in the sand. Afterward, she smelled like fish, just in time for us to head to the car.
Summer may be long gone, but with days like this, I'm not complaining.
And sorry to end on a down note, but I woke up very early Sunday morning, as Kaia was not informed about daylight savings time, with a tick stuck to my belly. It hurt. It still hurts. From what I've read, it's not likely I'll develop lyme disease because it was on less than 24 hours. But still, I'll be watching the spot over the next couple days. So, do what I didn't do when you go into the woods, and you definitely should be out in the woods right now with all this beauty around - change your clothes when you get home and look for ticks. And keep checking if you have a dog in the house!