2021 Life Logs, Day 361: A Long Walk on the Third Day of Christmas
Date: Monday, December 27, 2021
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High Temp 34, Low Temp 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
Each morning and evening while Heather and Jed are gone, I go to their house to feed Leo and Mel, the kittens, and Zuzu, the guinea pig. And each morning, Leo and Mel, come walking out of the bedroom to meet at their food bowl. This morning they looked like they were marching in step to demand their food. After they eat, Leo, who is a girl, plays and Mel, the boy, sits serenely in the basket at the top of their climbing toy. I’m enjoying the time to get to know them a little better. Zuzu is always happy to see lettuce in my hand for him, but there is not a lot of interaction with a guinea pig. I ran a few errands afterwards and didn’t get home until almost noon. As I was parking the car I heard the ding indicating a message on my phone. It was my friend Olga wanting to know if Shadow and I would like to walk in the afternoon. Since that is what I was planning to do after lunch, I wrote back that I would pick her around 2 pm and we would walk the Quashnet River Trail that is close to both of our homes. It is a well-maintained trail and I thought we would walk one mile in and then turn around and come back. But the trail is a loop and the weather was so nice that we decided to do the whole thing. The temperature was actually a couple of degrees cooler than yesterday, but because there was no wind, it felt much warmer. We walked the west side of the trail first which is nice and flat. I had never walked on to the east side of the trail, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It is NOT flat. Olga is eighteen years my senior, but I think she could out walk me any day of the week. The ups and downs on the east trail slowed us down a bit, but we completed 3.18 miles in 1 hour and 18 minutes. We didn’t set any speed records, but we had a great walk. And Shadow was a very happy doggie.