Ho Ho, Hi Ho, into the woods we go.
I was sitting here day dreaming when I saw that the weather was going to be absolutely perfect for a hike. A good hike. A hike up the mountain hike. I had been told that they had been working on the over three hundred steps and I was curious. It had been too long since Bella and I had been, it was time.
I opened the door and Molly came running inside. She looked at me oddly when I closed her up in this room. I walked from this room to the front door and Bella was waiting. I opened the front door, she came hurrying inside and sat down. Then stood up and began dancing. She knew. The silly, dog, way too smart dog knew where we were going. I got her halter on, grabbed my back pack and off we went. At one point we had to weave our way through a construction site but it was quick and rather easy. My impatient dog though was already crying. She was ready to hike.
The park is less than an hour away. As I pulled into the near empty parking lot I knew I had made a good decision. The middle of a week day was not normally busy. Bella was really impatient now, but I made her wait as I gathered everything, got her out and off we went, up a mountainside.
I passed few people along the way up. The temperature was perfect, the sky clear, and even as I struggled due to having been away so long, I was having a wonderful time. I was in no hurry. I wasn’t going to push myself nor Bella. I had heard that work had been done on the steps and I was curious. Even as I dreaded that climb.
When we arrived, I could tell that there had been a good bit done, not only to the steps but to the trail leading up to them. It had been smoothed, ridding it of the many weather created ruts. The steps had been cleaned, the damaged ones replaced and the low areas filled with gravel. It was an easier climb.
The view from the top was not as clear as I have seen it, but being there, looking out across the landscape after months away felt good. I gave Bella a good drink of water and quenched my own thirst. Taking a few photos and yes, selfies, we were heading down. A couple of people asked me questions which I happily answered. So yes my son, I do talk with people while up there.
On the way down, I was met by a butterfly that danced around me and then began to lead the way down. It disappeared briefly and then reappeared a few moments later. Bella and I took our time, walking down the trail, enjoying the moment and finding peace in the day. I had missed it, I didn’t realize how much until today. I’ll be back. I still don’t want to push Bella too hard though, she isn’t a puppy any longer.
She was ready when we got home to come inside and rest. As did I, while waiting for a meeting I had scheduled with a lady I’m helping change the sign outside the church.
When it came time to go, I remembered that the small town I had to pass through was having an outdoor event. That meant that at least part of the streets would be blocked. Making a quick almost too late decision, I turned and went an alternate route. I was glad because it would have been a maze to maneuver through to get back to the main road otherwise. It only took about an hour to get the sign changed out and ready. I knew which way to go to get by the street festival so there were no quick shifts in direction.
Home again, my son had prepared a pizza. Now, the dogs have been fed, I have a cup of coffee which I’m debating on switching out for hot cocoa while I relax listening to the crickets. What an amazing day this has been. I am content.