Election Day for many, not here in my immediate area…but still a day off for me. So I hooked up Sidekick Pauli with her leash, harness, and coat (35 degrees, brrr) and hit a trail down at Monocacy Battlefield!
Sidekick Pauli was elated! She is now 12 years old and prefers hikes of under two miles so this was a perfect match. We pulled into Worthington Farm, part of the battlefield, just after sunrise. The colors on the trees, now past peak, cast a muted, dusty glow over the battlefield. A low fog had risen before we arrived, but the dew was still heavy in the grassy areas, so I chose to head down the long driveway that splits the fields.
Sidekick Pauli wanted to pull me off into the wet grass at every turn and judged me somewhat harshly for taking the path of least resistance. Just look at her face…haha 😀
Ohhhh, it was chilly…my ears and fingers were tingling. I sped up to match Pauli’s pace and quickly warmed up. Nothing like having a dog along to keep you moving. Patience is not one of Pauli’s better qualities, so when I slowed down to look at a pretty leaf, and then the fungi, and then more pretty leaves, and then the river, and then at the sky…and then…and then…well, she wasn’t particularly pleased!
I could not be hurried. I breathed in the crisp air, reveling in the woody scent of Autumn. The sun splashed warmth across the fields, and I stood quietly and soaked it up (Pauli also enjoyed this).
One of THOSE mornings when time sort of stops, when nothing else matters, and the world just seems okay.