... has brought us here to a wide open meadow that fills with water during the rainy season.
It dries out later in the summer to reveal all sorts of interesting plants, but for now it's lush with aquatic life of the Golden Retriever variety.
Below is our little LuLu with her tear-drop eyes and sweet smile. At five years old she still looks like a puppy to me.
Behind us we have a view across the bay of an old hotel framed in the branches of a flowering tree. There are a few of these trees out there. Not sure what they are or how they've come to be there. Apple?
The property we're on belongs to the port. This was once a thriving port town -- creameries, ship building, sawmills, a paper mill... to name a few of the industries that kept us going. We were the largest lumber shipping port in the world. They took that sign down quite a few years ago.
We lingered here for quite a while, knowing we'd have to head back soon. One more leg of the trip...
... with another path to follow through the trees...
... into another open field.
Eventually we looped around to the same green road we came in on.
We walked for miles and didn't even cover half the territory this day. There are other paths, other fields and ponds. We go here at least once a week, sometimes twice, and never grow tired of it. At high tide we go down to the bay. Another path leads to a place we call Jurassic Pond. We see deer, ducks, wild turkeys, herons, and more. It's quiet except for the birds and tree frogs and the sounds that carry across the bay to remind us how lucky we are to be able to get away from it all so close to home.
I hope you'll take the time to click on a pic, and I truly hope you enjoyed this time with me, Rich, Wally, and LuLu. It was a real treat for me to be able to share it with you. I'll be back soon, I hope. Have a wonderful day!