Love the Place You Live: A Hike in the Woods

September 24, 2012

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Fall has come in so gently and beautifully over the past few weeks, and the fantastic weather has really made us want to get outside and soak it up. So for this month’s Love The Place You Live exploration, we decided to seek out a hike through the local forest. Our town is actually very near a National Forest, and we drive through it all the time — but we’ve never stopped to hike!

fall hike

We parked near a village called La Lande de Goult and started up a path through the woods to the top of a hill. (Maybe it’s a small mountain. Living near the Rockies makes you biased. : )

weather vane

At the top, the path opened up on a clearing with a small church in the middle. There were views for miles!

fall hike in the forest

The ferns were on their way out for the season and covered the ground in a brown blanket.

Pockets of intensely green moss peeked through fallen leaves.

It felt good to be outside.

Today it has been pouring rain, and I imagine we’ll be see a lot of wet days over the next month, so I was doubly happy we’d made the effort to fit in a hike.

Friends, I hope Love The Place You Live is helping you get out there and explore your communities. I LOVE reading the reports about your adventures. It’s so fun to see the column grow! Time Razor came on as a sponsor this month and they’re a perfect fit. Their free app has a database of millions of cool local events across the U.S. — some happening right near you!

The next Love the Place You Live post will be Monday, October 15th. I encourage you to do something local between now and then, because I’d love to read your writeup! I’ll try to remind everyone a few days before.


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1 The New Diplomats Wife September 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

i think the button might be missing?


2 Design Mom September 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You’re right! Just fixed it. Thanks for letting me know.


3 {plum} September 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

you look adorable!!


4 Kirsty@Bonjour September 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I hope Time Razor takes off and they start doing it elsewhere in the world – it sounds like a great idea.


5 Victoria Clark September 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hi Kirsty,
Thanks! We are only available in the US now but working hard to expand to the rest of the world.
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6 Christy@SweetandSavoring September 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this post- both to see where you went, Gabrielle, and to read other readers’ posts :) Thanks for doing this!


7 Design Mom September 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

Thanks for the feedback, Christy! I look forward to these posts as well. I love seeing the world through all the linked up posts.


8 Ginger September 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

“leaves of three let them be.” I am not absolutely sure, however I think that you have a nice picture of Poison Ivy. Just a hint to hikers, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with poisonous plants and vermin…..
Happy Hiking


9 Kelly September 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

LOVE that you’re wearing boots and a cute jacket…I have to live vicariously, as it’s still crazy hot here in Southern California. Moss? Ferns? What are those? ;-)


10 Giulia September 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Love the fall theme! Next one is on my birthday, must think of something great to do ;)


11 Miranda September 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Gabby, you look so glamorous! And what a fun hike. Everything looks so lush…


12 Design Mom September 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

You’re so sweet, Miranda! I feel like least photogenic person in the world most of the time, so when a decent photo happens to pop up, you can bet I post it asap. : )

The woods where we hiked look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. Hansel and Gretel or maybe Little Red Riding Hood. ; )


13 Grace @ sense and simplicity September 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

What a beautiful place to hike. You look so cute in your skinny jeans and tall wellies. By the way, that isn’t poisin ivy – we have lots at our cottage and it is smoother and more folded than those leaves are.


14 Design Mom September 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

So glad it’s not poison ivy. Poison ivy rash is the worst! I can never get rid of mine without a prescription.


15 Monica September 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I love this feature on your blog, and I have always enjoyed reading other people’s links, this is the first time I have added one of my own. Thanks for reminding me to….well, stop and smell the roses in a way.


16 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag September 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

I see French layering going on!! :) darling outfit!


17 Design Mom September 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

All I need is a scarf! : )


18 Jennifer F. - American Mom in Bordeaux September 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

Looks like such a fun hike! I always love being with nature. Your photos are beautiful!


19 Christina @ Homemade Ocean September 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

I love these posts!


20 teresa September 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

Falling leaves- nothing better! Thanks for sharing the link…planning to check it out.
Happy Day


21 Christy@SweetandSavoring September 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

Revisiting this post to see what else has been added! Loving the reciprocal visits and comments, everyone! Such nice corners of the globe we all live in :)


22 Dee September 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I love your outfit! And the moss is so pretty. I used some as a border in my garden, but sadly, it died this year.


23 Design Mom September 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’ve never had luck growing moss — especially in the Western U.S. where it’s so, so dry. But I daydream about a walkway of stones with moss growing in between. Makes me happy just thinking about it.


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