Winter never arrived this year, so spring is a little anti-climatic, but still the warm days are seductive and there is nothing like a late afternoon hike in shorts and no sleeves near a babbling brook. We love taking the dogs near water since they both like to play in creeks and shallows, and Cooper loves a good swim. It takes the edge off his doggy aroma and we encourage him to swim whenever possible.
Just down the street from us is a campground that won't open for a few more weeks. Right now it belongs to the walkers and the runners and the bikes and the dogs. It runs alongside a lovely creek with lots of aspens (still bare of leaves), grassy little meadows, and cliffs of Bishop tuff. Come fishing season and summer the campground will be packed with people, busy with fishing rods and family BBQs, and not quite so friendly for a dog romp. We aren't the only ones enjoying it now by any means, but there are no cars and no campers and no camp hosts - so at the moment it just feels like our neighborhood.
The fish are getting active now that the insects are coming out, and we disturbed several pairs of ducks probably wishing for a little peace and quiet now that it is time to think about nesting. The grasses are just beginning to turn green. There's not a lot of water, but there is some, and it is clear and cold and provides us with welcome relief from the near constant road noise we get right at the house.
I'm finding that I don't relish crossing over on logs as much as I used to. The balance still seems to be there, but the confidence isn't, and when I think back to river and creek crossings I've done in the past I seem pretty wimpy these days. The joys of mid-life never end (not). We did cross over a couple of times, though, on a rickety bridge and on logs. Cooper did an incredible athletic recovery on one crossing when he slipped off the higher log and we could see him gripping like crazy on the log underneath to keep from ending up in the creek. He made it, though, and without hesitation went across again. Vida is like a mountain goat - nothing fazes her.
This was our temperature in the shade yesterday afternoon at 7000'. Just crazy. I actually sat out on the deck for a while sunning myself - something I rarely do but it just felt so good to have the sun on me. We've got to gear up for packing this house up soon and this might be the last relaxing weekend for awhile. Moving has a way of sneaking up on you and I know this cause I've done it a few times.
It is important to relish these days before the resort opens and I again lose my husband to the never-ending demands of a small business. The dogs absolutely love these family outings and you can see the joy in their steps. They are always best when we are all together. We are best when we are together!