Dimitar and I had the rare (but nice) opportunity where we both had the same day off. As usual, we slept in until 9am, gave Amigo a nice long walk before munching on some blueberry muffins for breakfast. That's when we decided to go to the park. We haven't been to one in awhile because of our schedules so we thought about checking out a new park that I have been eyeing for over a year now. 

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    Since starting my new job where I work even more hours, I have been desperately in need of spending time outdoors. I often get body aches from sitting too long at my work desk so making time to walk has been a big priority of mine. To combat this, I have invested in new sneakers, bought a Fitbit, and upped my intake on electrolytes. It's been an adjustment for sure but finding small ways to help myself physically have really paid off. Also, the benefits of working in a clinic is that you can often get drops of advice on how to improve your life like how drinking fermented drinks before bedtime can improve the quality of your sleep.

    Once all of the pets were taken care of, Dimitar and I changed into our walking clothes, filled our water bottles, and headed off towards Huntley Meadow Park. It's a cute park honestly that is a combination between a park and a wetland. It's also the first park that I have personally been to that has allowed me to walk over water; something Huntley Meadow Park has incorporated so well!

Weird Blaire Witch structure

    The park was about 15 minutes away from our house and it was tucked away behind a cute neighborhood. To our surprise, the park was smaller than expected but filled with people. We managed to find parking though and headed off towards the trail that was quick to introduce us to the local wildlife, history, and the map of the park. I also learned about certain invasive insects that immediately sent me down memory lane of when I used to go fishing with my dad.

    We didn't get very far on the trail before we came across a path leading us over the wetland. There was a dock that stretched across the water and allowed us to get up close to see all kinds of wild life; fish, tadpoles, snapping turtles, and tons of frogs. It was easy to get lost in the beauty of everything that we often stood in one place to take it all in!

Snappy Turtle coming up for air

        Once we walked across the wet land, there is a lookout tower that allowed us to look over the entire wetland. It was a cute area where you could get a panoramic view of everything or just sit down and relax on the bench. Maybe it was because I hadn't been to the park in a long time, but it really was a peaceful place that helped me unwind after a long week!

    No matter how much time I spend outdoors; it feels like my inner being is recharging and purifying itself. I know many of us live busy lives in rushed cities, but finding time to slow down and reconnect with earth is a humbling experience that I hope to never take for granted.

Overlooking the wetland

    Once we hit the end of the dock, we entered a regular trail that took us into the woods. I really wanted to see a snake (since I saw just about everything else I could see) and sure enough, I saw one! Sort-of. Unfortunately, Dimitar saw it first but his reaction to the snake made me freak out and the snake got scared by both of us and slithered away into a bush. I was hoping to take a picture of the little guy but maybe next time.
    The trail from that point on lasted about half a mile or so before it took us back to the beginning near the Visitors Center. I knew the trail was going to be short but part of me wished it was much longer. Overall, this park was the cutest park ever and I'll definitely come back again during the Fall time to see the foliage change color.

Until next time! - Sarah xoxo

The Visitors Center



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