Saturday, March 7, 2009

Winter Walk on a Springlike Day

It's been a long cold winter. On Monday at my house there was eight inches of snow and all week the temperature has been in the single digits and at the highest in the low 20s. But today we have temperatures in the 60s. The sky is sometimes blue, the sun is sometimes shining and the birds are singing. It is an ideal day to go for a walk. I just could not wait to get out there. So I will share with you some of the things I saw while taking a wonderful two mile walk.

In my excitement to start the walk, I didn't realize I didn't have on matching shoes. I had intended to wear the Ryka's because there are numerous puddles along the road. I had already walked down my long driveway and part way up the road when I came to the first of many puddles. I looked down to not step in it and to my dismay I realized I had on two different shoes. The Skeecher on the left and the Ryka on the right. If my driveway wasn't almost 300 feet up hill I might have gone back to the house and changed them. I just hoped I wouldn't see anyone I knew as I continued the walk. I did pass a father and his children walking the dog. Hope they didn't notice.

Along the road there is a very curvy section, but it is the most beautiful section of the road. At that point a brook flowing down the hill crosses under the road.

Because the snow is melting the brook is quite full. There is nothing so relaxing than seeing and hearing a babbling brook.

Babbling brook

Fruits of last season still cling to the plants along the road.

I have walked up and down my driveway many times over the past 45 years, but I had never seen this, a jawbone with teeth still in place. It probably belonged to a cow or horse. Back in the late 1930s or early 1940s Grandpa-in-law drove livestock back and forth over the land and to this day there is a noticeable trail that runs across my property. In the past we have found other bones along the trail, never along the driveway.

Daffodils poking up through the soil. Can spring be far away?

Jumbo Allium cracking the soil, they are waking up to greet the Spring.

"Spring could it really be coming? Is it possible I won't have to sit out here is the cold and snow much longer?"


Gran said...

Wonderful photos, and I'm so glad you got to take a long walk.

I think the different shoes are kind of dear, but only because I've done the same thing myself!

Evening Light Writer said...

I have been longing for Spring this winter, it has been a deep longing. I don't know if it was due to the rough winter we had or the bleak winter days. I am like you, I am a walker. I love walking, I adore my feet on a well trampled path! Thank you for taking us on that walk with you.

Joanne said...

I love walking too, and it's so nice to get outside without earmuffs and scarves. Your little statue at the end looks like she's just praying for Spring to arrive, and stay!

Dakota Bear said...

It's another beautiful day, so I'll be off for another walk this time with matching shoes.

Debo Hobo said...

Candlewood Valley Center is right up the road. Do you need a reservation?

Anonymous said...

Lovely pictures Dakota!

I love Spring too- I will be putting up a picture of some daffodils soon, but in the meantime....

You've been tagged!

Mrsupole said...

I think a lot of us have done the mismatching of shoes before. I remember when in school years ago, when we had those princess pajamas, going to school with the bottoms under my dress. I know I did it more than once. I would be so embarrassed if anyone found out. Now I could probably care less.

It was a great walk that you took us on. I really enjoyed it. We have had a fairly warm winter here in So. Calif., today we had the windows open. Summers are too hot for walks, so I guess in some way it is the opposite of what you have. Thank you so much for that walk. Wish I could have gone on it with you.

God Bless.

Have fun reading all our taggets. I will be looking for yours.

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