MIMM #11 – A Walk in the Park


Hello and good morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  The marvelous part of my weekend took place on Sunday, so I’m glad to be linking up with MIMM today to tell you about show you scenes from the day.  As always, thanks to Katie for hosting!

My foot is feeling pretty much back to normal (woohoo!!!), so Justin and I decided to take advantage of this near perfect fall weather we’re having by spending yesterday morning at a gorgeous park not far from our house.  After breakfast (of course, I had pancakes!), we got ready and headed on over.  We weren’t in any rush and had no afternoon plans, so we spent the majority of the morning walking around and taking pictures.  The property is rather large, so we didn’t cover all of it, but we did end up walking pretty far.  I’m happy to report that my walk (during and afterward) was pain free, which totally made my day! :-)

FYI…this park used to be an estate owned by a rich family that excavated various structures, lakes, bridges, gardens, etc. on it.  After the owner died, they turned it into an environmental stewardship and recreational  getaway. 

We’ve gone to this particular park quite a few times now, but we never get tired of it. I love nature and I love being outside, so this is a perfect place to go.  The property is very picturesque, and the vibe is very peaceful and relaxing.  Nature is truly a beautiful thing, and when I’m in an environment like this, it reminds me how blessed I am to be on this Earth and be able to have these experiences!  In fact, every time we go there, I feel as if I stepped into another country.  It doesn’t feel like this is my hometown.  This park allows us to get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, and serves a much needed escape for us sometimes.

009008My favorite spot to visit at the park is always the hay barn.  The original barn was destroyed by a fire years ago.  The outside structure remains, but it’s overrun with vines and other foliage.  The interior of the barn was turned into a mini sculpture garden.

014Statue CollageThe second location that I always enjoy visiting is the greenhouse that houses orchids and other tropical plants. 

Orchid CollageAnd, here are some additional scenes from the park. 

041051060045Scenery CollageAll in all, this was a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning, and I’d like to go back again soon before the weather turns cold. At least we don’t have to travel far to get there!


What did you do this weekend?

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors?

What’s your favorite way to escape the hustle and bustle of your busy life?

31 thoughts on “MIMM #11 – A Walk in the Park

  1. That park looks gorgeous! I went pumpkin picking with my sister this weekend and we had a great time.

  2. That looks like a perfect relaxing Sunday to me. I think it’s great you got away from the hustle and bustle for a day , these end up being the best days! And that park looked awesome.

    -Elise @ 9toFIt.com

  3. So glad your foot is feeling better and what a beautiful park!

  4. that park is so pretty! and what a gorgeous day for it. glad your foot is feeling better!

  5. Glad to hear that your foot is feeling better, Holly! And a trip to a gorgeous park is a great way to spend a day. There’s seriously nothing better than being out in nature to recharge you for the week.

  6. I’m soooo happy that your foot is feeling better! And that looks like a beautiful park – that person who owned it must have been LOADED! It’s great that you guys enjoyed the day (and yes, this weather is amazinggg!). <3

  7. That looks like an incredible park! And definitely great news about your foot. Glad to hear that it’s healing well! And I like being outdoors as long as the weather is acceptable. As soon as snow and wind hits, I just want to huddle under a blanket on my couch all day.

  8. How lucky you are to have access to such a beautiful park so close to your house! And it must have been seriously nice for that guy to live there…glad your foot is healing!

  9. So happy to hear your foot is feeling better! Looks like a beautiful way to spend the day. That park is gorgeous.
    I’m like you- spending time with nature is my favorite way to escape from all of the craziness!

  10. Glad your foot is on the mend!

    The park is gorgeous, glad you guys got out to enjoy the fall weather!

    Happy week to you!

  11. I LOVE discovering new parks like that! I totally know what you mean about feeling like you’re in a different country/world in a gorgeous park. I love discovering new parks I always leave feeling so alive and happy! Have a great week lovely!

  12. Wow that park is so pretty!! And I’m glad your foot is feeling so much better!! We spent a few hours on Sunday outside enjoying the weather too – it was wonderful! Something about fresh air (especially during the fall) just makes everything better : )

  13. What a beautiful park! I love weekend hikes/walks in the fall. Glad to hear your foot is better!

  14. What a beautiful place to spend the afternoon!

  15. Great to hear the walk was pain free- on the mend!

    Sometimes its so refreshing to just go into nature with no specific plans- what a great looking park!

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