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Spring. The weather turns warmer. The grading equipment is repairing our dirt road from a winter of freezing and weeks of mud. The grass is starting to green (and Hu-dad is sneezing). And we have daylight into the evening.
All of that means our favorite things – spring walks. There is something really nice about end of day walks that are leisurely and in pleasant weather – neither cold nor hot.
We did our favorite walk around the “neighborhood” yesterday. We take the horse trail from our house onto the ranch property, cross a creek and through some pasture land (the horses don’t come back from their winter home for a few more weeks, so the pastures are still ours to enjoy). The horse trail goes through a thick grove of Catawba Rhododendron, through another creek and then we climb to a dirt road which we take back to the “main” road (which is still dirt) and then to our road and back.
As we mentioned earlier, our road was being graded all day repairing the winter damage. Between snows, ice, rain, and lots of freezing and thawing, roads become muddy and very rutted by the end of the winter. So spring is the time graders come out and rebuild the roads for another year. Hu-dad thinks he might even be able to get out from the house without four wheel drive later this week (gravel is being trucked in over the next couple of days)!
The cool part about that for us – imagine the smells of freshly graded roads!
But there is one final part that we think our readers will especially appreciate.
Yes, we had enough light that Hu-dad actually videoed parts of our walk so that you can all see the incredible backwards walking Typhoon. We promise to have the video edited for tomorrow’s post.
Oh, happy spring walks!
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