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Down to the Briar Patch

October 3rd, 2008

We have a family hunting cabin affectionately called the Briar Patch. My grandparents bought it when I was young and built a small cabin on it. I have many fond memories of spending weekends at the Briar Patch running through the woods, picking wild berries and playing in the creek. We don’t get back as much as we’d like, but this Wednesday we had a chance to go down again (we went down last Monday to cut up some trees that fell on the cabin). This time we walked the property line (44 acres) to see what the damage was like in the woods with my parents.

The woods were littered with small branches and big trees that had come down. At one point my dad said, “It looks like a hurricane came through”. To his credit, he wasn’t in the country at the time of Ike’s arrival to Ohio.

There was still beauty to behold amid the chaos. There’s just something so enjoyable about walking through the woods (probably why Mr Chiots and I are big fans of hiking & backpacking).

We had a truly enjoyable day, much like the old days: we hiked through the woods, roasted up some hotdogs for lunch (over a fire of fallen sticks of course) and true to family tradition we stopped for ice cream on the way home.

The Chiots also enjoyed the day, although I couldn’t get a decent photo. She spent the entire day racing around us while we were hiking, this is exactly what we saw. She collapsed in the back seat and slept the entire ride home.

We were able to pick up some black walnuts and a few hickory nuts while hiking through the woods. Those will be delicious in pies & cookies this winter.

Anyone else enjoying this cooler weather and the beginnings of fall?

4 Comments to “Down to the Briar Patch”
  1. Kelly on October 3, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Susy, you got some GREAT pictures. I had to laugh at your dads comment :) too funny! My Harley would LOVE running through your woods too! Aren’t dogs the best – we ARE loving this fall weather too!

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  2. farm mom on October 3, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Ahh… lovely photos. LOVE being in the woods, especially at this time of the year.

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  3. Joe on October 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I can see the trees are changing color! :)

    Yes, I am enjoying this transition of seasons. We are finally going to get our first storm tonight – it will be the first rain since February! The rain will clear the dust from the air and water my lettuce seedlings (the ones in the cage, photo on my blog).

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  4. Susy on October 3, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    What kinds of seasonal changes do you get in CA Joe? Do the leaves change? I did see those photos – GREAT!

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