My first date with nature after the monsoons happened to be a long drive to Lonavala. The last post, I had shared my weekend plan with you all. The things didn’t go exactly as planned (as it happens usually) but we did make the most of it. Soon after publishing the Friday post, I was on a spree to pack my travel bag when my elder one announced about her project which needed to be submitted on Monday. As I stood there gaping at her, I saw my weekend plan flying out of the window. With a heavy heart, I treaded towards the study room to help her out. All hopes of making the trip were squashed completely as we could finish the project by late evening. It was during the night time when I was preparing to go to sleep that my husband suggested a long drive to Lonavala. I couldn’t ask for anything better and agreed immediately. Next morning, we started our drive early to evade the heavy traffic. A quick stop at McDonald’s for breakfast was the only break taken by us before we reached our destination – Lonavala. Lonavala is a hill station, in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. Situated 96 kilometers from the city of Mumbai, Lonavala is mostly visited during the monsoon season because of the small seasonal waterfalls appearing amidst the lush green hill slopes. As we drove, we could see greenery all around. The sun was hiding behind the clouds in the sky. The sky looked like a painter’s beautiful canvas with different shades of clouds adorning it. The gentle breeze was soothing and made our drive so pleasant throughout. We were in the middle of nature’s finest moments. The kids were glued to the windows taking in all the natural beauty through their eyes. Hearing and watching them get excited as they pointed out the shapes in the clouds or discovered a small waterfall in the faraway hill slope, made me remember my own childhood days. Within an hour and a half, we were in Lonavala. We decided to visit Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Dam – two famous tourist spots there. But we found those two spots quite crowded as we reached near. I was in no mood to spend time shuffling through the crowds tagging along my kids to just have a glimpse of those points. So, we drove further to find a quiet spot where we can spend quality time as we enjoyed the weather and the natural beauty around. After twenty minutes of driving, we came across a spot which was exactly what we were looking for. With a couple of temporary snack counters, that particular point was having very few visitors. The view was great – The hills playing hide and seek among the clouds, the clouds floating all around us, the green grass swaying in the wind.