River Fog and Oak Savannas

It's that time of year. The days become too short, too fast. And the nights are cool. So we have beautiful river fog that settles into the valleys as the morning arrives. And then lifts as the sun warms it up.

Yesterday afternoon and evening, I went for a long walk with my son in the Lebanon Hills Regional Park, just south of the Twin Cities. Beautiful trees surrounded several small "kettle-hole lakes" and ponds. A few stands of golden leafed aspens stood against various oak tree grovess with their deep-orange and wine-red leaves. And there were prairie areas. The well marked trails gave us a general sense of direction but towards evening we hustled to get out of the woods before darkness completely overtook the landscape. 

This morning I have enjoyed studying this 2013 pdf of the Master Plan for the park, especially Chapter 4, Natural Resources Inventory. 

Did you know that there is a phrase, Nature Deficit Disorder, for children who do not spend much time outdoors? It was coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods. I used to worry that I did not have my children outdoors, as much as I was, when little. I spent so much of my summers swimming in the Mississippi River, bicycling, as well as camping and canoeing on the Zumbro River. But my grown adult kids enjoy getting outdoors for hikes and walks. Evidently our vacation trips to various parts of the U.S., an overseas trip to Scotland, and any other activities they took part in with their dad, grandparents, schooling, scouting, etc. were enough. 

Do you have a favorite spot to go to in autumn?