When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.
~ A. A. Milne
I should have titled this “Sunday & Monday meander,” but today is Monday so it really doesn’t matter if some of the images are from yesterday’s walk. The meander, I think, has more to do with the post itself than the walks and when they were taken.
We’re having a big thaw today. I almost went out without a coat because it felt so warm compared to the cold of the past week or so. I also had a choice of boots: snow boots or wellies? I decided on my wellies because I could see that in between the melting snow and ice there were plenty of puddles and mud.
The wellies were a good choice for the most part. They don’t keep my feet warm, but they do keep them dry. The snow boots do, too, to a certain extent. The snow boots, however, would not have gotten me to the dock because we are having a super high tide today. I didn’t know that until I approached the Woodland Trail and saw that had there been fish, they would have been swimming through the woods today. The fish are sleeping or doing whatever it is they do during the cold winter months so there was no sign of anything swimming on the trails.
It’s the full moon, of course, that causes the higher tides. The ice, snow, and heavy rain from the weekend are probably contributing as well. I wish I could have gone down to the Point yesterday to see what the wind and cold had wrought. Alas, the roads were icy and it would not have been wise to try to drive on them. We don’t have shoulders on the back roads. We have ditches, usually filled with water (depending on the tide status), and those ditches can be deep.
It is a beautiful day even with the mud and flooding on the trails, or maybe because of the mud and flooding. I like sloshing through water. I walked through the woods hoping to go out to the dock. Unfortunately, the water was too high near the boardwalk to the dock. It would have spilled over the top of my wellies if I’d gone far enough into it and I could feel, through my wellies, that the water was quite cold (as expected). It might be best that I didn’t get out on to the dock. I could see that the water was rushing pretty fast, and given how run down everything was here at the ranch when we bought the place, it’s best not to assume anything is solid, including the dock. As we’ve slowly cleaned up and renovated, we’ve found that every now and then, corners were cut, sometimes in crucial places.
The birds are enjoying the warm up. There were quite a few of them out and about, flitting around, chattering and singing. I didn’t see our resident hawk, but did hear some eagles calling and piping. I love listening to the eagles. On days like today, they sound as if they are reveling and playing in the sunshine, perhaps enjoying the calmer weather and winds.
In the places were the snow hasn’t melted yet, there were tracks from the animals that have been taking their own meanders around the ranch. Prints from birds, raccoon, deer, one or more of our neighbor Lloyd’s dogs, the other neighbor’s cat, and rabbits were scattered all around. I have not seen any sign of the river otter who was living near the dock last year, not even little paw prints on the boardwalk. He or she disappeared just after trapping season so perhaps the trappers got him or her.
I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this mushy Monday. Thank you for dropping by and taking another walk with me. We should be able to get to the Point for sunset this evening. If you’d like to join me, sunset is at 5:17 PM. Meet me there about fifteen minutes early so we can explore the beach while we wait for the sun to dip below the horizon. I’m hoping the eagles will be out there visiting the Eagle Tree.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Sunshine and warmth; sloshing through the woods and watching the water run over the boardwalks; sparkles on snow and ice; Bald Eagles playing somewhere overhead; gulls quietly soaring by; picking kale to have with dinner tonight.