The other day, Brownie caught my attention. She has been cooped up in the corner of the bedroom with my Buddha. She wanted to go for an outing, so I made sure to pack her with me on my way to work.
She spent the day on the dash of the truck waving to tourists as they drove by. That’s a lot of hard work. On the way home, we stopped in at the Coolidge General Store. I had a surprise there for her, stuffed buffalos! She was super excited about that. She had seen the real ones passing by the trailer on several occasions and thought it would be fun to ride one. She was happy to ride the stuffed one in the store and to take a rest with the baby buffalo too.
The next day was my day off and I planned to hike the Lover’s Leap trail. It’s part of the trail challenge in the park, hike 8 specified trails in the park by July 16, collect a stamp on a card for each one and turn it in at the Visitor’s Center and receive a special gift. I like this trail. It meanders along a creek with plank bridges before going up through the ponderosa pine forest to a rocky outcrop with a wonderful view. So Brownie and I packed up and headed out for our walk in the woods.
|sitting on a rock in the creek|
We took a break near the creek, some time for meditation until the flies started to bug us (pun intended, they are relentless). It was nice to sit and listen to the water burbling along over rocks and logs.
|walking across the plank bridge|
Then we made our way up the hill to the viewpoint and rested there for a while, enjoying the view and watching clouds drift by.
|bears do like to climb trees|
|not too close to the edge, Brownie|
|yippee! another trail completed!|
Last stop was at the box to pick up the stamp on my card and we headed home. We didn't come across any buffalo today, but that’s okay. There will be more sightings and I would rather not run in to one on the trail.
It was nice to have a little bit of company on my walk, even though she doesn’t talk back. It’s like having someone else with you who actually does see things differently than I do. It helps me to see what is out there, to take a pause and notice. We can be so used to going about our daily routine that we forget to notice what is around us. I just happen to be using a small 50 year old stuffed bear to help me once in a while.