Autumn Hike – Stony Creek, MI

I love October. It’s my favorite month of the year.

It marks the start of fall, the best of the seasons, and the start of the holiday season.

I can’t believe today is the last day of the month – I feel like I’ve completely missed it what with all my traveling the past few weeks.

Friday marked the last day of my traveling and I never thought I’d be so happy to be home!

Now, I have until Thanksgiving to do all my favorite fall things and started right when I got home with good and proper fall tradition: a hike through bright, changing trees.

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Stony Creek is a park located about 45 minutes outside the city full of towering trees, streams and a large lake.

The perfect place to run, bike, kayak or spend some much needed quality time hiking with your wolf.

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The East coast is known for their bright colored fall trees.

In the Midwest we have richer colors – golds, evergreens and burgundies.

You’ll wake up one morning and open the window to a crisp breeze and a spectrum of rich colors right in your front yard.

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We hiked over crunching leaves, over bridges and along the lake for hours enjoying the warm day and crisp breeze.

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Mile after mile of tree lined trails makes you feel like you’re in the UP but with a much more convenient drive.

You might pass a runner here and a biker there but the sounds of cars and civilization and canceled out and replaced with the crunch of drying leaves and birds singing.

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The full trail is 6 miles around the lake. You may have to give each other pep talks to get through it.

Promises of warm apple cider and donuts may have been promised if we made it out.

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There’s nothing quite like a trail hike in the fall. The perfect way to start my fall bucket list, if you ask me!

I have 3 1/2 weeks to fit in all things fall (you best believe on the day after Thanksgiving, I’m in full Christmas mode), have any suggestions?

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