Mug Adventures: Quarry Park, Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Some areas of Connecticut are in full swing colors of fall Foliage. Get yourself out to Quarry Park, and enjoy this overlook onto the fall colors. There is a sweet bench at this overlook for enjoying a cup of coffee as well.
No better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than supporting your local roaster. I celebrated with a lavender honey latte from The Coffee Pedaler in New Haven, CT.
Maple, the best studio dog and adventure buddy that I could have wished for.
I'm so grateful for my dog maple. She is the perfect mix of lazy and energetic. She is cool with sleeping for hours on end in my studio or hopping in the car to go off on an adventure. There is no dog I would rather take a break with to drink my coffee or tea.
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Mug Adventures: West Hartford, CT Reservoir #6 Trail
West Hartford Reservoir #6 Trail is a beautiful, easy 3.8 mile hike around the reservoir.
The best place to scamper around rock formation in Colorado Springs.
The Garden of the Gods are these amazing rock formations beneath Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. This park is for everyone. As you might expect, it's a really busy park. If possible, I recommend going early in the morning on a week day. An additional perk of early mornings is that the colors are spectacular during a sunrise as the rocks seem redder!
You can enjoy the park via the road that circles around these formations, or on the wheel chair accessible paths, and smaller trails that take you more intimately by the rock formations.
These rocks are a lot of fun to scamper around, and they do allow climbing by permit as well. It really is like nature's jungle gym as there are so many boulders climb on.
Garden of the Gods is a small park. So enjoy not needing a map, and wandering among these amazing rock formations. This park is less about going for many mile long hike as the areas surrounding the rock formations is grasslands, and suburbia.
Granted some of those trails in the grassy area do allow you to get back from the amazing rock formations for some breath taking views of them.
Favorite Restaurant in
My husband went on a work trip to San Diego recently and made it over to our favorite restaurant Sugar and Scribe where he ordered this fabulous drink served in a Lisa York Arts mugs and an amazing breakfast.
The second best part about coming to this restaurant is getting to walk over to La Jolla Cove where all the seals and sea lions hang out. My husband even witnessed a seal giving birth.
Go to Lake Michigan at least once a month.
While I was at Lake Michigan yesterday, I was reminded of how much nature feeds my soul, and so far Lake Michigan is the best place to escape to in Milwaukee. Ps. I am more than open to suggestions for your favorite places to explore nature in the greater Milwaukee area.
Keep making those goals for 2020. I know I am.
Distance: 3.4 mile loop
Elevation Gain: 334
Terrain: Geologic Structures, Wild Flowers, and Grass lands
Wow. I would compare the Paint Mines to a mini version of the Badlands that has a greater diversity in the colors. Ranging from grouping that are stark white, to mustard yellow, to mauve, and to a wide range of earth tones. My camera does not do the colors justice!
At first you are following the trails through grassy areas seeing the structures only from a distance, but don't worry you get to be right up close to these hoodoos and canyon like geologic structures. I love walking lots of miles so I would not have skipped walking around the grassy areas. Plus there are a lot of great wild flowers out there.
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