Day Three Hundred Sixteen

Fall Bradford Pear Trees

While driving to yesterday’s walk, I noticed a pretty tree along the way. I couldn’t place what type of tree it was, but saw orange, burgundy, and green–all on one tree on a church’s property. It’s close enough to walk to from home, so I headed up there today to take some pictures and figure out what kind of tree it is.

All of the leaves below were on that one tree. It’s pretty, isn’t it?

Fall's Last ShowFunny thing is, I figured it out what kind of tree it is while I was walking home. I saw a newly planted one along the sidewalk that still had the nursery tag on it; it’s a Bradford pear. Learn something new every day . . .

I also snapped some pictures near the tree and love the colors. And yes, that’s snow on the ground. We had our first measurable snow last night. I’m afraid that winter’s on its way.

Fall's Last Show 2Good walking!

Day Two Hundred Seventy-seven

Walking in Madison-Day One

This morning, my mom and I drove to my sister’s house in Madison, Wisconsin. She and her husband are attending a wedding out of town, and we are going to watch their twin two-year-old daughters. We had a great first day that included, of course, a walk.

Madison is bike-friendly, well-trailed, and an active city (the Google Maps Bicycle overlay is downright impressive). There’s the Capitol City trail which circumscribes around the east and south sides of the city. The Southwest commuter path runs along the western edge of the city. Both trails connect to the Badger State Trail and have numerous sub-trails that connect the neighborhoods and the city. Today, we were on one of those trails.

We walked along the Wingra Creek to Olin Park and shores of Lake Mononaon the Wingra Bike Path. I forgot to take my camera but was able to snap a few pictures with my phone along the creek and of the state capitol and skyline across Lake Monona.

Wingra Creek and Olin ParkWhat a nice way to spend time with my little nieces and my mom–on a walk in a walk-friendly town!