Monday, May 30, 2011

A Good Hike

Yesterday afternoon, we actually had our Sunday afternoon nap, early (and uninterrupted -- imagine that!), so we decided it was a good afternoon for a hike.

We started out on our usual jaunt, but instead of turning around at the end of the balloon, we kept going north.  Ostensibly (aren't you proud of me), it was for the sake of getting a few shots of a herd of cattle just up the road.  As Hyacinth Bucket (Keeping Up Appearances) likes to mention "we passed a very photogenic herd of cattle grazing on the Earl of Something-Or-Other's pasture."  Well it isn't exactly the Earl's property, but it does have a magnificent old stone house and wall that must belong to someone important (another of Hyacinth's favourite sayings).

Unfortunately the cows were way off in the distance, so my shots are not remarkable.  By this time, we were feeling quite spry.  "Let's try doing the Spicer Road loop- that would be about 10 K I think."  In for a penny, in for a pound.  We have friends who live about half way down the Spicer road.  They were out on their lawn, so of course we stopped in for a wee visit, and to get a shot of their pet killdeer and her nest.  Then it was on our way again.

It did threaten to rain, but that never materialized.  The next two legs of the journey were getting a bit longer, and certainly longer than I had remembered by car.  However the scenery was lovely, and my company charming, so we kept plodding along - besides it was just as far to go back as to continue on.

Three hours later we trudged back up our driveway, really none the worse for the wear, except for a bit of general fatigue.  We decided to take the van on the route after supper, just to determine the actual distance, and to show the girls what a couple of old fogies can do, if they put their mind and feet to it -- 16.2 kilometers - not too bad for a couple of has-beens.

And that is about all I have to say for today.

Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.


  1. Great shots of the kildeer, nest and oriole! And I love cows. :)

  2. That was quite a long walk; doesn't it make you feel good knowing you can go that far and come back still breathing and standing vertical.


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