Here’s our little baby. We don’t know what it is, besides, you know, a baby, but we do know that there’s nothing obviously wrong with it, so… Hooray! As for me, I can’t really carry heavy things anymore, because there is a baby in the way, but I am otherwise keeping up with all my regular activities. And there are a lot of activities.
Yesterday, we went for a walk in the woods at a nearby park. “Is it even going to be open?” Davey asked me. Why, yes, because it’s a state park, and only the federal government is dysfunctional. The states and counties are running just fine. Which is quite telling, don’t you think? Anyway, I digress. We started out on this nice, paved walking trail, but there isn’t much of interest to see on a nice, paved walking trail, so it wasn’t long before half our party, led by me, detoured into the woods and down a steep and muddy slope into a rocky ravine. Tommy kept up admirably. A very short distance later, David and the rest of our party also detoured, onto what appeared to be a deer trail. Our paths crossed shortly, as we climbed out of the ravine, and we traveled on the deer track together, spying out odd mushrooms, unusual nuts, and a glassy sort of black rock that formed into squares. Still haven’t identified that one.
The trail ended abruptly at a rocky outcropping, and we chose not to turn back, veering instead into uncharted territory. There were no signs of civilization (except for the park maintenance building) in this wild and trackless (except for the park maintenance building access road) forest. Over fallen logs and between young saplings we journeyed, sliding down leafy hills, picking our way through briars, never knowing if we’d ever see the sunlit world in which our car was parked again. It was pretty touch-and-go there for a while, until someone heard the rumble of a (park maintenance) pick-up truck and discovered the road. In a few more minutes, we were out of the woods. Literally. We had lunch and we played on the playground, the kind with the really dangerous fast metal slides and merry-go-rounds and seesaws without springs underneath.
It was a really, really nice day.