Not too long ago Judy invited us to walk with her on Wednesdays. As I have gotten older, I realize more and more just how little exercise I get these days, so I have made a commitment to leave Wednesday afternoons open for a walk in the woods.
Today I left the house with Maggie, the English Setter, thinking how much she would enjoy this walk. What I didn't think about is that she really isn't in complete control of her walking manners yet, so as we headed off for a walk behind the local high school, I thought I was going to lose my hand from all of the pulling. You see, she is a hunting dog, and in her element with out much training, you can only imagine.........sensory overload!
Sooooooooooo, I returned home, gave Maggie a treat, patted her on the head as I tucked her in her crate.......got on the phone with the local training guru and made an appointment for some obedience classes.
After that was completed, I put a collar and leash on another cutie and started out once again. Kali was a delightful walking companion. Where as Maggie would have been swept away in the river with her enthusiasm, Kali chose to stay close to me with a bit more cautious enthusiasm.
Today's trek took us for a walk behind our local high school which is a just a few blocks away and home to the Swift river. Fall is quickly fading away here in the mountains. When I left for Rhinebeck the streets were lined with the golden colors of the Oak trees, but when I came home, those same trees were barren........winter is bearing down on us. The chill in the air was evident in the biting wind that blew down the rivers.....bbrrrr.
I live in such a beautiful place.........why haven't I forced myself to enjoy it more? Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to take time for ourselves just to connect and to breathe.
Today was such a breath of fresh air! Thank you Judy for suggesting this..........hopefully I continue to find the time every Wednesday to enjoy the day, walking in the woods!
As I end this post, I will leave a few more pictures of Autumn leaving the valley....