When I am done at the computer in the mornings, I return to house duties and finally grab some time for photos. Evenings are filled with TV escapes.
We have signed up with a local environmental group to promote their land trust by agreeing to do 12 hikes, one each month, in 2021. They can be a mile or 10 miles depending on the trails that one uses. We must post a photo or two that the organization can use to promote even more their acres of woodlands on their Facebook page.
While this sounds like a wonderful idea, it seems in the time of COVID where there is little to do outside, hundreds of families want to participate in the contest and pound the trails. We did a 6 miler up and down some hills and while that was pretty challenging for me, even more challenging was the muddy slopes where leaves had been ground into mushy clay by hiking boots. Hubby fell only once and managed to not smear mud anywhere! I did not fall but clearly looked like a jazz dancer on ice. Fortunately, we were hiking weekday and mid-day and thus only met a handful of hikers. So I avoided the embarrassment of old-lady-mud-sledding. On the return trip, Hubby was smart enough to find two good branches to use as hiking sticks and that made things easier.
It is so much more photogenic and charming when a 4-year-old slides on their butt down a hillside or runs with rapid steps across the leaves and twigs off the trail as they almost crash land to the bottom of the ravine. Elders, for some reason, are not so appealing in appearance.
We did see some wonderful bits of nature which I have sprinkled throughout this post. Therefore, you get to see the right-side-up version of our adventure.