A few weekends ago I went hiking with friends and did something I admittedly had not done in a long time. I left my phone at home. I encourage everyone to consider leaving your phone at home, or at least leaving it in your pocket from time to time when you are out - and truly experience nature. I love taking photos, and especially with the leaves changing I found myself wishing I could capture these images but it forced me to take mental images and really take it all in, the smell of the outdoors, breathing in the crisp air, the contrast of green trees against the quickly changing yellow, orange and yellow leaves. Fall is such an underrated season (perhaps because of the season that seems to come too quickly after!) My friends and I hiked, without sense of time, and it was so freeing. I noticed things I had not noticed before, took in each moment and was not distracted by the need to capture the perfect angle. There are few opportunities to just escape and go without a real agenda. We took our niece and nephew to South Chagrin Reservation last weekend (it was their first visit to Cleveland Metroparks) and I made a comment how the hike was so much more fun than playing with electronics. And, my niece and nephew, much to my excitement, agreed that they were much more excited to be outside than inside playing on their iPads or phones. It gave us the opportunity to share all of the amazing things about nature with them and encouraged them to be in the moment and appreciate their surroundings.