The four of us went on a hike this morning. We felt the need to stretch the old legs and work a little on Shawna's conditioning. It was not exactly bushwacking because we followed a trail that we often take on horseback, but the grass is hip-high right now and the path a bit obscure. We all walked right by this rattler taking a nap, but I just caught him out of the corner of my eye as my foot missed him. Dan went back to take some pictures, and he never stirred or even woke up. Talk about good camouflage.
I am surprised to still see some very young animals. This morning a spadefoot toad, less than 1 inch tall, sat on the mat by the front door, and on our way home we saw this tiny, thumbnail-sized, horned frog.
Shawna did great on the walk, the longest one in years. We are all about to sack out in front of the Sunday football game with some popcorn.
After living in the Pacific Northwest for 30+ years, Dan and I left our high-tech jobs to build our dream house in the country in a climate that is more conducive to an outdoor lifestyle. So here we are in SE Arizona, living the dream that was in the planning for 25 years.
I am writing this blog to keep track of time and our activities, in short to ensure we live with intention as this is the time of our lives.
"If you talk to the animals
They will talk to you
And you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them,
You will not know them.
And what you do not know
You will fear.
What one fears one destroys."
~Chief Dan George~