Sunday, October 6: The first weekend in my favorite month of October was marred by a lingering Indian summer and all-encompassing work because of midterms this week.
High humidity and temperatures in the high 80s are not exactly hiking weather, in my eyes. No matter, I hardly had time to hike, because nearly every minute of the weekend was taken with work. I did manage to carve out a little time to take two brisk morning walks in the neighborhood, to shop for some new (& bigger) jeans 😦 , and on Saturday night, to go to out Mom’s Organic Market for a quick dinner followed by the thriller Prisoners at the Angelika Film Center at the Mosaic District in Merrifield with Mike and Alex.
This evening, I was able to snatch an hour out of what was left of the weekend to go for a lovely walk along a small bit of the 40-mile long Cross County Trail (CCT) of Fairfax County, Virginia, starting in the middle of Oakton at Gabrielson Gardens Park. The trail connects the entire county from one end to the other, over hill and vale, and through streams, meadows and urbanized landscapes (Fairfax County: The Cross County Trail).
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It was relaxing to walk outside and get a bit of fresh air, though it was still humid. I could see little tinges of fall in the leaves on the path and in the stream, as well as some yellow bits on the trees. Thank goodness a cold front is moving in tomorrow. 🙂