I'm back from my one day hiatus. I think Alice wanted to say something for a long time, and she finally asked me if she could. Of course I was happy to let her talk. I think she did a very good job with her post, especially since it was the first time she ever did anything like this.
I knew for about a week that she would be here. That's why I waited until now to visit this new nature park, Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve. I thought she would love to visit an all new place, and I knew it would be extra fun to see the place for the first time with her along.
Waiting all week to walk through this park was a rough thing for me. Every day I was tempted to give in and go and see it without her. I knew that if I did, I would feel bad for the rest of the week. These thoughts all week kind of stifled my writing last week. Maybe that's why I did some of the crazier posts.
Well, I was hoping all week that I wouldn't be disappointed by this place when I finally got to see it. After all, I had high hopes for this place when I first found it last weekend. I always have the thought that I will be disappointed in these situations. I was really prepared to go home unhappy.
I didn't tell Alice any of this of course. I told her that we would be visiting a fantastic new place. She was very excited with that thought, and she was ready to go. It was a sunny day, even though the weather report said it was going to rain. That is, until we got ready to go.
The clouds moved in when we decided to head out to the park, and they didn't leave until we were finished. I thought the day would be ruined, but Alice's magic worked it's charm again. It was a damp day, but it didn't rain even a little bit.
We got to the park wondering what we would see. The map at the front showed a dam in the back. I thought I knew that place, but I know now that I was mistaken. The beginning of the trail curved around so the rest was concealed. We had no idea what to expect.
As we started out, the first thing I noticed was the fact that this was a very thick forest. There were more trees here than any other place I've been so far. That's made things seem better even in the winter when the trees are bare. Just wait until spring! This place will be wonderful then.
This park isn't the biggest of the parks that I've been to, but it turned out to be one of the good ones. After going in further, I realized that my fear of disappointment was completely unfounded. This place is great! It's everything I hoped it would be! I'm glad I brought Alice along on this one.
Here she is in this last photo urging me to go faster. I was busy taking pictures, but she wanted to see everything now. She finally found her lost camera, but forgot to bring it from home. That seems to be the way she does things. She doesn't really need the camera anyway.
I'll be showing more of this place in the upcoming days. I also still have some of my adventures from last week to talk about. And there is something really big I need to show you along the way too. I hope none of these things get lost along the way. I didn't expect so many things to happen in the winter.
I guess all it took was for me to get out and start looking around again. I needed to break away from my routine. I'll try to show you everything from these adventures before the snow finally melts for good this year. We still have plenty of winter left, but I have many more everyday adventures already than I can keep up with. Let's see if I can do it.