My day began at 4:30 this morning after my mind simply woke itself up and that was that. The day dawned with overcast skies and an on again off again light drizzle. Feeling the need for a quiet forest walk Pheebs and I picked up a coffee to go in Bayfield and headed for the nearby Bannockburn Conservation Area. With refreshingly cooler morning air upon us I didn’t figure the Deer Flies would be a problem and they weren’t.
THIS IS WHAT WALKING THE BOARDWALD LOOKS LIKE TO PHEEBS
AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME
Being a week day I didn’t figure there would be anyone there and luckily there wasn’t. Had the enchanted forest all to ourselves and we walked a section of trail we had skipped a week or so ago. Had been half a dozen years or more since I last walked that section of trail. Forests always bring back pleasant memories for me and I find comfort there.
Again as a young boy growing up in Tavistock Ontario our village was surrounded by countryside and where we lived close to the railway tracks it was a short walk from our house along those tracks to a nearby forest west of town. We always called it Kaufman’s Bush. My earliest memories are of my Grandfather walking with me up those tracks and through the bush. Over the years as a boy I was to spend a lot of time playing in that forest with all my imaginary friends. Often times I would go there by myself and feel the healing powers surrounding me. I am still in the habit of doing that to this very day.
NO TRAIL MARKERS ANYWHERE BUT THE TRAIL ACTUALLY RUNS THROUGH TO THE RIGHT OF THOSE STUMPS AND PHEEBS ALWAYS KNOWS WHERE THE TRAIL IS
ON SOME SECTIONS OF TRAIL IT IS AN INPENETRABLE CEDAR FOREST ON BOTH SIDES
HEADING BACK ACROSS THE RAVINE BRIDGE
With an eye to the sky in case of rain Pheebs and I moseyed ourselves along the trail stopping to look at this or listen to that. Sometimes around home Pheebs shows her 9 aging years but once in the forest her puppy side once again comes alive as she runs about sometimes at full speed up and down the trail. She sometimes races off then slams on the brakes and comes racing back to run around me in circles. Such a happy little dog she always is and I am so fortunate to have my best Pal of ever always by my side. Since the day we met Pheebs back in August of 2011 her and I have been in each others lives every single day since. As I type this paragraph she lays contentedly curled up right beside my chair
‘COME ON DAD THE JEEP IS THIS WAY’
THAT IS A WASHROOM AT THE END OF THE THE BOARDWALK
OH-OH SOMEBODY’S GOT MUDDY PAWS
Two thirds of the way through our hour long walk it began to drizzle but that’s all it amounted to. I always carry a plastic bag in my photo vest in which to put my camera in case of a downpour. Didn’t feel much like going home but home we did go and that was it for the day. Never went outside again despite clearing skies by mid afternoo.
AND THIS IS RIGHT WHERE SOMEBODY GOT THOSE MUDDY PAWS
GROANER’S CORNER:(( FAQ- Pregnancy and Women:
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q: I’m two months pregnant now, when will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q: What is the most reliable method to determine baby’s sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she’s borderline irrational.
A: So what’s your question?
Q: My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you’re pregnant.
Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word ‘alimony’ means anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby’s diaper very quickly.
Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
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