October hike was on my birthday, so I got to choose where we would go. I decided we would go to Sycamore Grove and hike up to the pond, where we almost always see turtles on their rafts and birds along the shoreline. We were not disappointed. It was a very nice day, and after the hike we enjoyed a brunch with food brought by all the hikers. I couldn’t not think of a better way to spend my birthday.