It finally warmed up by mid-afternoon today. I met some friends for lunch in town at 1 o’clock and by 3:30 I was zipping my way home to get out of those dress pants and heels and into some sweats. I called D. quickly to let him know I had gotten home but we didn’t chat as long as we normally do because I could feel the day slipping away and I really wanted to be outside. I would rather be outdoors than indoors almost anytime except when the temperature drops below freezing with the wind blowing. I can’t take the cold. I hate it. Probably because I grew up in Central Florida. I am a sun-worshipping, heat-seeking fool!
I set out at around 3:45 heading south and walked my regular 2.5 miles but feeling good I decided to go a little farther today. I walked another mile and then turned around to head home ONLY because I needed to pee! I had one tiny scrap of Kleenex and nowhere to use it.
Along the way I passed three rabbits, spooked four whitetail deer and one tom turkey. I saw flocks and flocks of birds: crows, robins, red-winged blackbirds, tons of chickadees, all singing and chirping that wonderful , raucus springtime birdsong that is such music to my ears. I walked with my head up, my back straight and breathed deeply of the clean Pennsylvania country air.
The ditches were flowing with the spring meltdown and runoff so I heard the gurgling of water as it trickled around tree roots and over rocks. Tiny buds were swelling on the white birch trees and the hayfields were showing definite signs of green.
Six-plus miles of amazing country scenery, all free to anyone who wanted it! I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
It was a glorious day to be alive!