Yesterday the temps reached the mid 60s.  I was in a funk so rather than sit around I took the dogs for a walk.   We have a small spring that starts at the base of a tree and I wanted to see what it was doing.   While looking, Phoebe stuck her nose in for a drink and suddenly started acting like a bouncy pup.  Hey mood was infectious so rather than walk the normal walking path we headed into the woods.  

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Not all of it is quite so open.   The path home was full of fallen trees,  black mud bogs, ice and snow patches.  I kept to deer trails which works as long as there’s no overhangs.  The deer either just walk under or bound over.  It’s a little trickier for me.

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I usually don’t get down to the river because of this grass.  Right now it’s all last year’s grass so it was walkable.  When it’s all green and lush it’s 3 feet tall!  There was a lot of water due to recent flooding but I had my boots on so my feet stayed dry.  The dogs all got involved in chading.

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Sadie went swimming with no hesitation.   Phoebe waded then hit a deep spot and ended up swimming.  Tucker fell in and didn’t seem to like it.  I tried getting him to fetch a stick but he said no.

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This is a branch of the Pine River and is the border of the back of our property.

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The neighbors in back evidently have better access as there’s a bench and a deer blind. 

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After a hard run.   They spent a few minutes cooling bellies and eating snow.

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Self portrait towards the end.   My mood was much improved.  I made sure to do a couple yoga stretches and some deep breathing as well.  Now if they’ll just be wrong about snow the next few days…

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