For the last couple of weeks there have been signs at Kennekuk inviting one to buy tickets for some Halloween festival that is today. Rather than get stuck in the crowds for this event and have some flunky demand that I pay to park near the Lake Mingo trail, I decided that I should try hiking somewhere else today. With a little advice from birder2 I decided to head over to Forest Glen preserve. I've been there a number of times with her, but not for a long time and never on my own. After a little confusion on the route, I found the place, and started walking on the Old Barn trail. Of course when I got there I realized that I'd forgotten to bring anything to eat, which I figured was going to limit my energy. I decided to walk around the whole loop of that trail and then move my car rather than just keep walking up the creek when the identity of the trail changed. I moved the car, stopped to pee, and went on the Willow Creek and Primitive Loop trails. By this time it was a bit after one and I was feeling rather peckish, so I let that and the fact that I have a zillion things I need to do around the house convince me to come back home. I guess I covered about 5 miles.
With the weather being so dry, I expected the fall colors to be early and poor, but they're pretty much peaking right now and they're glorious. Forest Glen was wonderful, as were the places with trees that I drove by on the way there, and Homer Lake too, where I stopped briefly on the way home from work yesterday. Now, I just have to convince myself to actually do the stuff in the house rather than going out again.