First hike of the year, today. I was about to get dressed to go running when it occurred to me that it would be much more fun to spend some time outdoors, together. Those spur of the moment outings are often the best ones, have you noticed? We went to Discovery Park, a five minute drive from our house. Admittedly I tricked the boys. (Hiking is at times met with resistance...) I told them to put their shoes on and when they said, 'where are we going?' I said, 'to play'. And in truth, we ended up doing quite a bit of play. As the trail widened onto a meadow we saw a bunny; quite a surprise and a charming sight. I was amazed at the daisies and lupine already in bloom, plentifully. And the beach the hiking trail leads to is just so much bigger and wider than the one we live next to; nobody wanted to leave. The driftwood is plentiful and just the right size for the pretend weapons that invariably come into the play.
We ended today with dinner at the home of friends. Lamb and white beans and spinach; a lentil salad and asparagus. Good friends, good times.
Left to remind us of today in the week ahead, on the counter in a glass of water: a poppy and a daisy and a tiny flowering branch found on the trail.