Celebrating Fall

November 5, 2013
Last year I was too busy with student teaching full time and working part time to be able to enjoy fall, so I vowed that I would partake in a bunch of fall themed activities this year to make up for last year.  Even one of my best friends, a Savannah native, admitted that he misses being in Ohio this time of year because it's just so darn beautiful.

Besides going to Circleville's Annual Pumpkin Festival, I got a chance to return to Mohican State Park to go hiking again.  I went at the very beginning of the season, but wanted to try to get back there when more leaves were starting to change colors.  Enjoy the pictures of the covered bridge, ferns, and of the forest!






This fall I also got to enjoy a scenic drive out to the eastern part of Pennsylvania so that I could visit my grandparents.  I met my sister who lives in North Carolina out there, and the four of us had a great time catching up.  My grandparents took us to their favorite diner several times during our stay and my sis and I tried out their pumpkin pancakes...yum!


My parents and I met up last week and walked around Kingwood Center, located in Mansfield, Ohio.  Kingwood Center has gardens and a mansion available to tour, although the mansion was closed when we arrived.  The estate is opened to the public because the former owner, Mr. King, passed away and did not have any children to inherit his property.  The area is pretty nice and a lot of wedding parties come here to get photographs.  Many senior pictures are done here as well.  In fact, some of my own senior pictures were taken in the rose garden way back when.  :)  There is a small pond with ducks that kids seem to like, and peacocks roam freely across the grounds.  It's a nice spot to have a picnic at in the warmer months, too.









This past weekend, I had a chance to see my pal Courtney who blogs at Permeating Purpose.  Courtney and I were co-workers for years and have never been officially allowed to hang out because of a fraternization rule at my work.  Now that Courtney is away at school we are free to meet up without the consequences.  We both didn't have plans on Sunday, so I drove up to Cleveland to pay her a visit.  We visited Little Italy, Wade Park, and the botanical gardens.  The two of us will be co-writing a post together on our adventure, but for now I'll leave you with this sneak peek of some gorgeous fall scenes.




I'm still hoping to squeeze in a few more activities here before the season ends.  Are you still soaking up fall or do you prefer another season?
10 comments on "Celebrating Fall"
  1. Beautiful pictures. And hello Mr. Peacock. :) I really love fall... I can't say I'm looking forward to winter because snow is sort of my nemesis, haha. But after winter comes spring, and that's pretty good, right? ;)

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    1. Can we just fast forward winter? Ohio winters are typically long, snowy, and way too cold for my tastes.

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  2. Lovely photos, it looks like an afternoon well spent. I just love fall but here in Toronto it is getting cooler very fast...I think we may be in for a very white Christmas.

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    1. I wouldn't mind a white Christmas...I don't mind the snow at first, but by the time February hits, I'm sick of it.

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  3. What a lovely place!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  4. amazed at all of these gorgeous photos! i went to college at ohio state and wish i had enjoyed more of the pretty outdoors in ohio :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. Did you ever make it down to Hocking Hills? I wish I had time to visit there before all the leaves are gone.

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  5. Oh I miss fall in the Midwest and the smell of falling leaves! Your pictures are beautiful.

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    1. It is a good time of year to be in the Midwest. I'm sure I'll be envying you in a few months, though!

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