University #1 is a wrap, and I’m on break from that school until August (other than some training next week). It’s a busy weekend for University #2 with six classes going on, but one of those finishes tonight, so just a few more days of grading papers and life will get much easier.
Even with all the many tasks on my to-do list, today was just WAY too splendid to sit at a desk all day. Someone and I loaded up Gracie up and went for a long hike at Greenbo. My God, it was a glorious day! Clear sapphire sky with just a few puffy white clouds, breezy, cool – absolutely perfect for hiking! We walked about 4.5 miles of Claylick Loop. Long hike? Considering what it takes to get on and off the trail – yes, it’s a long hike. The trail runs mostly along the tops of the hills, so part of the journey not counted in the 4.5 miles is getting to the trail, and then getting off the trail. Getting to the trail from the marina entails a steep climb – about 45 to 65 degrees all the way up (and up, up, up) a rocky, loggy, snaky path. By snaky, I don’t mean that the path is curvy, it is…but I mean literally, you keep your eyes and ears open for snakes. Today was cool, so even if they were out, they’d be moving pretty slow. Still…I don’t like them. Gracie likes to lead (i.e., pull) and Someone likes to have her leash, so they are always in front. Someone talks a lot, so I think we have enough noise to scare the smart snakes away.
|On Claylick Loop, Greenbo Lake State Park|
|Scenery on the trail.|
Coming down off the trail is a bit easier. Part of it slopes gradually, but the very last part is VERY steep, with lots of tree roots, loose rock, and of all things, sand. Today, it was dry and the ground was clear enough that I just sat down on the ground and scooted/slid down. Someone did the same, partially dragged down by Gracie who was eager to drink from the creek at the bottom of the hill. We come off the trail about a mile behind the campground. There’s a nice flat road (except for a few small hills), so it’s a pleasant walk back to civilization and my car. Good thing…I was pretty tired!
My raised bed has some dirt in it, finally. I bought and dumped nine bags of organic raised bed soil in it. I’m thinking (hoping) that eight more will finish it. Then comes the planting…and waiting. We will see how Farmer KYLady does with this new venture. The farmers around here say it’s safe to plant after Mother’s Day. I’m thinking, it’s OK to plant any time now…Mother’s Day is next Sunday.
|View from another deck...more dirt needed.|
By the way, Emily gave me a hug today and told me that every day is Mother’s Day. She’s so sweet!