I’ve been on lots of great walks this month. Casual walks around the neighborhood, fun walks with Katie the dog, beautiful walks through the autumn woods. I could have done a Walktober post about any of them.
But this week I’ve been in a very special place that I thought was perfect for Robin’s challenge to share a walk with her readers.
So let’s take an October walk in northern Michigan along the beach of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, and as far as I’m concerned one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I arrived ‘up north’ late in the afternoon and after a bit of chit chat we headed down to the water. For me it’s all about the lake.
It was a windy day and the lake was racing toward the shore, big jade green waves and pounding foam.
The water was high, leaving very little beach to walk and sometimes we had to leap back up on the dune to keep our feet dry. We’re weren’t always successful.
Along the way we saw remnants of the summer just past. A pretty boat resting after weeks of riding the waves…
…a bench hoping to be used a few more times this season…
…the artwork of people who have walked the beach before me.
The sun was getting lower, bathing everything in a warm golden light. Nature’s artwork on the landscape was evident too.
The grasses waving in the wind began to glow, and we knew it was time to turn back.
Walking toward home, into the wind, we watched the sun lower and the sky warm the tips of the waves and the water swirling on the packed sand.
The light made everything glow.
We watched the entire sunset as we walked, making it back to the house after dark. I felt so lucky, lucky to spend an afternoon walking with a friend near my lake in mid-October. Lucky to hear the lake roar, to see the leaves changing, even lucky to get my feet wet as the waves raced to shore.
I hope you can imagine yourself there with us. It’s a very special place that I am pleased to share with you all. And thank you Robin for coordinating the annual Walktober. It’s a wonderful way for us to see such wonderful places.
I can’t wait to see your Walktobers soon!