"You ought to know that October is the first Spring month." - Karel Capek
I couldn't have said it better.
This is my favorite month of ever, and today was the best kick start I have had in a long time.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all roses, but it was just what a day full of three little kids should have been.
When Keith got out of school, the four of us went for a drive. We were out for our annual Mecca drive to see the leaves in the mountains.
On our way, I got extremely excited. We passed a Barnum and Bailey Ringling Bros. Circus train.
As for the leaves, sadly, I was about a week too early.
It is such a fickle thing, seeing the leaves at just the right time. Either I get there too late or too early. Very rarely am I on time to see the crowning majesty of those leaves.
But it didn't matter, because today was absolutely perfect anyway.
Despite all of that, I was in heaven. It was probably 65 degrees. The sun was out and wonderfully warm, and a cold breeze was blowing that rich October scent around. Despite the chaos around me, it was absolutely energizing and heavenly. I close my eyes and am back there instantly, basking in the smells and the glorious moment. I would be lost without my mountains. I truly love them.
By the time we got back to the van, the kids had all calmed down. I gave them some snacks I had brought along, and we decided to take the Park City way home.
Oh my goodness beautiful!
Good gracious, scary.
I am not a fan of narrow roads, hairpin turns, sheer drop offs, and oncoming traffic.
Plus I am afraid of heights.
But when we got to the top, it was breathtaking.
Utterly and fabulously.
Worth the scary drive.
And then we went into Park City.
And then we decided to go to Heber to see the trains.
I love Heber. I think I want to live there. It is such a sweet small town in a beautiful valley. I really fell in love with the place. I had forgotten since the last time I was there how much it charms me.
We were ten minutes late for the train ride. The one with the robbery reenactment.
But it didn't matter, I fed Beth again while the kids played.
We went down to look at some of the trains and wished we could stay longer, but it was getting late and we needed to get headed home.
Again, taking the beautiful route through the back hills of the mountains, I was struck by the beauty of it all. I sure love living in Utah for the majestic grace and love of it all.
The kids fell asleep on the way home.
Usually we watch a movie and eat lots of delicious junk on October first, but I kind of like this better. We were going to watch Ichabod and Mr. Toad when we got home, but we ran out of time.
No worries, though, because we have the rest of this best month to do all of our usual things.