After driving Kait to work on the Bedford Highway, I headed to Admiral Cove with a pair of very excited dogs.
The forecast was for a high of one or two degrees, with sunny and cloudy periods. I wore my purple, puffy coat, lined boots and warm mitts. Since it was above freezing, and there was no snow on the ground, walking was relatively easy.
Of course we had the ball with us, which I threw into underbrush to keep them entertained.
When I got warm from walking, I unzipped my coat and took off my mitts.
If you live in a hot climate, you may be surprised at how warm, a cold day can feel, when you're working up a sweat.
On such a lovely day, it's easy to lose track of time -- and apparently of place. With all those trees, it's hard to throw a ball without it hitting one and having it bounce off in a different direction. Sometimes the dogs failed to see where it had gone.
When that happened, we'd stop and spend ages scouring the woods looking for it. Those searches took us far off the beaten track, and re-finding the track wasn't always easy, or successful. When I ended up on a trail that didn't look familiar, I decided to head cross-country, to find my way back to the car. The morning sun was shining low over the Bedford Basin, in the general direction of Eastern Passage, so I headed in the opposite direction to find my way out of the park.
Wendy helped me as I scrambled up the hill. She does this by letting me hang onto her collar as she slowly pulls me up. She understands what I need of her, and is patient with me. Though I must confess, when we get to the top, she's clearly happy, when I relieve her of duty.
My relief upon reaching the top of the cliff, was short-lived -- it was the wrong cliff ! I'd headed in the correct direction, but in missing the right trail, had royally overshot my goal.
If you know where you are, and you know where you want to go, are you technically lost ?
|See that island in the distance at the end of that peninsula ?|
That's pretty much where I needed to be. Sigh ...
Like I said, some people never learn.