Emma was with her dad for Thanksgiving Day this year, so I was on my own. I celebrated the holiday by going for a hike and making a pizza when I got home.
I went to one of my favorite places, Catherine Creek State Park, about half an hour from my house.
Over the river and through the woods...
It was a lovely day, about 30 degrees out and no wind. This is such a pretty half-mile path between the bridges over the creek.
I walked the mile there and back, and wasn't ready to go home, so I walked the other way up to the top of the hill as well. That's a bit more of an effort, but the woods were so beautiful.
Even though I got out there at 1:00, the days are so short now that the sky was starting to turn sunset colors. It was fully dark by the time I got home at 4:30. Less than a month left until we turn the corner into longer days.
I am so grateful that I live in a place where I can just go walk in the woods for a couple hours, enjoy the silence, and breathe the free air. I didn't see anyone else during the entire three hours I was hiking.
I am grateful that I feel safe.
I am grateful that I have food and water and a roof over my head.
I am grateful that I have a good job, albeit sometimes a frustrating and overwhelming one, that keeps the bills paid and the savings growing while allowing for hobbies and other non-necessities.
Most of all, I am grateful for Emma, who is my joy and is growing into a beautiful young woman.