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Walktober – epic fail


Looking at my calendar it was obvious that yesterday was the only available day between now and the 19th to get my Walktober in. Especially if I wanted to go anywhere further away than my own back yard. Which I do.

So yesterday morning I packed up the camera and headed out to the Shiawasee Nature Preserve, about an hour north of me.

Last year, on the way home from a camping trip without Katie (dogs aren’t allowed at the Preserve) I got there the day after they closed for the season. I’ve been wanting to go back ever since.

This year I figured there’d be few people out there in the middle of the week, but there might be better color in the trees since it was north of me. I was sort of excited about checking it out.

My GPS took me down a couple of wrong roads once I got close, all of them dead ends, but eventually I found the parking lot. And this:

Well darn it all.

So I wound my way home using backroads, getting turned around on detours for construction but not minding too much because that just put me on more back roads with more barns.

Turns out this was a barn photo shoot, more of a Drivetober than a Walktober.

But I have not given up! I am going to find somewhere new to visit, just closer to home as I only have partial days available between now and the deadline.

And I know if I really get backed up against the wall Robin will give me a few more days…just like she’ll give them to you if you haven’t scheduled your Walktober yet. But I hope you have, grab your camera and share something of what fall looks like where you live, then link to Robin’s blog!

I can’t wait to see where you all walk!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

32 thoughts on “Walktober – epic fail

  1. Not a fail at all! I did not realize you had so many barns in Michigan. This was a fun ‘walk’ for me.

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  2. I like your reconceptualization of Walktober into Drivetober. When Plan A doesn’t work, there’s always Plan B. I like your photos. Living among the hills as I do, I enjoy seeing flat land.

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  3. Hi, Dawn – Thank you for the link to Walktober. I just checked out Robin’s blog. That’s something that I can totally get into! (BTW – I loved your comment there!)

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  4. Shunpiking is the far superior to travelling the highways. Love Michigan farmland– gorgeous!

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  5. Sorry you missed your walk, but we all love your barn photos.

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  6. It’s amazing how much personality barns have–each with its own unique story etched in its structure.

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  7. You must have gotten out to “walk” a bit. Loved all the barn photos.

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  8. No fail here Dawn! Love all the barns.


  9. Oh … now it’s Barntober! … 😉 … I couldn’t resist. What a bummer to drive an hour only to find the closure sign. But the barns are a good fit! I like it!!!! Well done, Dawn!


  10. I think driving is a good way to share Walktober! And I loved seeing all those old barns. Funny how the weather doesn’t want to cooperate this year — I haven’t heard of anyplace that’s good good fall color right now. Well, at least we don’t have snow, right?!!


    • Not having snow is a good thing. The colors here are just barely starting. There are a few maple trees totally in color, but most trees are either just barely yellow or still green here.


  11. No fail here! I love seeing barns, but I am sorry you didn’t get to walk as you wished. Sigh, onward, right? 🙂


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  13. Don’t you just hate when you drive all the way to one destination, only to find it closed? What in the heck?
    However, you turned your lemons into lemonade with your barn post for your Drivetober 😉
    These images are absolutely lovely so not an epic fail. Just a smart woman who adapts to the situation.

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  15. Not a fail!! I love your barn shots. I don’t yet know if you took another Walktober walk (I’m slowly working my way through the walks now), but I hope so. 🙂


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