Monday, August 19, 2013

Joy=A Delightful Day Trip...

This summer, I vowed to indulge in at least one day trip a month.  In June, we enjoyed a day along Lake Erie.  July found us venturing to Lake Huron.  This past Saturday, we headed to northeast Indiana --post our standing breakfast date downtown.

The focal point of our trip was Pokagon State Park.  On our way to the park, we stopped at a sweet, country winery, and purchased some vino.  They were having an onsite art fair, so we walked amongst the many artisans' displays. It was an adventuresome way to gather inspiration for future projects I'd like to undertake.

Post lunch at the park's lovely inn, we hiked the gorgeous, wooded hills.  Mark says we covered roughly five miles.  There is no exercise so luscious as a walk in nature, is there?

The weather was phenomenal!  The temps were moderate, the sun shone brightly, and a soft breeze graced us all day long!  Here's what I wore (Of course, I stowed the handbag in our vehicle during our hike).

Dress shirt: Target (youngest son outgrew it!)
Tank top: Chico's
Shorts: Jones New York
Shoes: Keds
Handbag: Vera Bradley
Sunnies: Vera Bradley
Bracelet: Vintage

This has been the most beautiful summer I can remember.  It's been so very pleasant (temperature wise); plus, we've had an adequate amount of rain.  The trees and grass are the greenest of greens, the flowers are lush and the great outdoors beckons me.  Happily, I'm answering that call when I can.

After our walk, we relaxed with sparkling water and java on the inn's outdoor patio.  It was nestled next to an enchanting garden. The pics are featured below.  Before heading back home, we shopped at a nearby outlet mall; then, had dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant a few miles away from the park.

Our day trips have been so very therapeutic, we are extending the concept of "at least one a month" into this fall's schedule.  Share with me your thoughts on nature, day trips and dedicated relaxation.  I would adore hearing them!

Joy and peace, T.