Today was a beautiful autumn day, with temperatures warm enough to give Tucker one last romp in the lake before the water gets its winter chill, so we decided to head over to Red Top Mountain and do a bit of hiking.
On our way to the trail, we took a slight detour so I could try and take a picture of an old mill that always sparks my imagination. Since the hour was early and a misty fog was still lingering, I wasn’t able to get the shot I was hoping for. We only stayed for a moment and then made our way to the mountain.
Since we are about a week shy of the autumn colors reaching their peak here in North Georgia, the trail seemed extra beautiful. I love the leaf-littered look of the wooden bridge crossing the stream.
And there’s just something alluring about a lake cushioned by the colors of fall.
At about the halfway point of the trail, there is a clearing that makes a great spot to get in the water; this is the place where Tucker removes any doubt that he is mostly Lab! As soon as we get near this spot he is like a kid in a candy shop, eagerly awaiting his game of fetch.
He bounds into the water to retrieve his glowing green stick (these things are great – they’re durable and they float!)…
…then does it again…
…until finally he begins to come back without the stick.
This is when we know that the game has probably reached its end and poor hubby gets to wade into the water and gather up the toys. Hey – I guess I had two retrievers with me! And speaking of hubby, we can’t leave him out of the pictures!
Once the fetching was finished, we followed the trail to its end and explored the large boulders. When I look at the picture below, I can’t help but smile – Tucker has come a long way from the abandoned, undernourished dog we adopted in June; now he is a spoiled but beautiful beast!
On our way back home (with Tucker happily living up to his name on the back seat) we stopped by the mill once again. This time I was able to get a better shot. I just love old architecture – and when you can get wood and water together, well that’s a bonus!
I have to say, it really was a lovely autumn outing.