Staycation Part 1: Day 3 – Wandering the NCR Trail

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

It is that time of year, that time when you have to use your vacation time or you risk losing the hours so I am using those hours for a couple Staycations in June. I figured out just a little bit ago that if I just hang out at home doing home stuff for the week it doesn’t actually give me relaxation – instead I start to hermit. During the last holiday break I made it a goal to get out every day to DO something… get some steps, go somewhere, treat myself to lunch, etc.and I found that I felt much more rested and ready to get back to work so I’ve made the same goals for these Staycations. Today’s adventure involved some steps and being outdoors with my camera, something I really enjoy.

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 70’s at 10am so I drove over to the Torrey C. Brown Trail, aka the NCR Trail, for a wander. It was absolutely beautiful.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought about bringing my headphones but I really like the peaceful noise of nature.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

The wind blowing through the leaves, bird calls,  and the occasional sound of critters skittering through the undergrowth.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

Sometimes I would come around a corner to a surprise.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

Like a Lime Kiln from the 1800’s…

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

or a bridge crossing a small river flowing through the woods…

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

or a bench in memorial to someone who loved the trail.

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

 

There are historical markers on the trail also.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

There was even a spot where I could walk down to the water.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

There must be fish as there were baby fish in the sunbeams. (see that little black “shadow”)Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

The honeysuckle were everywhere – so beautiful and sweet smelling.Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

There were lots of bees partaking.

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

There were berries ripening as well – wild blackberries, strawberries, and others.

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

I came upon a bridge, too.

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

Sort of a pretty bridge.

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

My daughter, on her walks to and from work at the NIH (The National Institutes of Heath), often comments that she can’t believe people don’t stop to watch the bunnies and deer that are so common on the NIH grounds. I thought of her when I stopped to look around and saw this little squirrel tucked away. It was being very still and quiet and felt safe – it didn’t move and just waited for me to move on. I also love my camera because I was able to catch this shot without scaring it.

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

I kept trying to capture a shot of this butterfly but there was just too much pollen available for it to stay still for long. This was the best I could do.

 

 

 

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

As I wandered, I shared the trail with other walkers, and runners, and cyclists. All ages… people in shorts and t-shirts just cruising and enjoying the day… people in lycra and UnderArmour with ear buds, kicking up some dust… moms running with little ones in strollers… families sharing nature with kids… you name it. Some nodded as they passed me, some said “HI” or waved, and one little girl asked if I was having a nice walk, which was adorable.

Food, Fun, & Whatever: Staycation Part 1: Wandering the NCR

 

 

It was a good start to my Staycation – I got 10,000+ steps, fresh air, and some quality nature time.

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