It's Sunday, October 28, 2007 I have been looking forward to this day for about six weeks. My family and I are going on a field trip with a small group of parents, children with high functioning autism (like my son) or Asperger's Syndrome and siblings. Our destination is Outback Lodge, a bread and breakfast inn in Stanwood, Michigan that offers horse drawn wagon rides through a beautiful wooded area. We'll also be doing crafts with gourds and other things found in nature and will be having dinner provided by the great lady (a parent in the group) who organized this field trip.
Looking out the window of my study, I see that the sun is shining brightly in a cloudless sky and that the leaves in Central Michigan are still at their peak. It should be beautiful. Weather.com rated this day as a seven out of ten for event planning. However, it looks more like an eight or nine with a point or two taken off for chilliness. Still, We couldn't have hoped for better weather. We should have a great time. Here is the description of Outback Lodge offered by their website (http://www.outback-lodge.com/):
"Families, couples and groups welcome to our working horse ranch with a new casual lodge nestled in the heart of rolling timberland. Our rooms overlook horse pastures, a small lake and towering forest hills with sunrise or sunset views. Via sleigh, wagon, horseback, skis, snowmobile or hiking, explore 700 acres of twittering tree lined trails leading from the inn as white tail deer and small forest animals dart into their hiding places. Thirty Michigan lakes and two rivers (within seven miles) allow for swimming, fishing, canoeing, golfing and boating. Amish, antique and quaint shops dot the countryside and minutes away are Soaring Eagle Casino, downhill skiing, Ferris State and Central Michigan Universities, a rodeo and biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails. Help as a ranch hand, star gaze beside the bon-fire, bird watch or just relax. A place to share...to laugh...to create...to dream."