Sep. 14, 2022

ONLY YOU CAN MAKE LIFE...AN ADVENTURE.

ONLY YOU--CAN ADD ADVENTURE TO YOUR LIFE.  SIMPLY- FIND A TRAIL, A COUNTRY ROAD, OR A PATH THROUGH THE WOODS AND START WALKING. IT’S MUCH-MORE FUN WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR DOG--OR DOGS--WITH YOU.  I THINK YOU SHOULD START YOUR DAILY LOVE AFFAIR WITH NATURE---AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

EVERY MORNING, CUBBY WALKS BESIDE ME OR SLIGHTLY-AHEAD EXCEPT-- WHEN HE NEEDS TO TAKE A “SERIOUS” BATHROOM BREAK.  AT THAT TIME, HE RUNS INTO THE THICK FOLIAGE-- TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT SPOT.  HE’S ONLY GONE FOR A FEW MINUTES BUT--- CUBBY NEEDS HIS BATHROOM PRIVACY.

CUBBY AND I ALTERNATE BETWEEN DIFFERENT TRAILS BECAUSE --EACH TRAIL HOLDS ITS OWN, UNIQUE ADVENTURE.  ONE TRAIL MAY LOOK-LIKE AN ORDINARY TRAIL, SOMEWHAT GROOMED AND TAME, YET--JUST AROUND THE NEXT CURVE OR JUST BEYOND THE NEXT GROUP OF TREES--WE’LL SUDDENLY FACE THE 'WILDNESS' AND ANOTHER "UNEXPECTED" CLIMB WILL BEGIN-- IMMEDIATELY.

SOME DAYS--THE SPILLWAY DAM AREA IS CALM BUT....AFTER A HEAVY RAIN...YOU CAN EXPECT LOTS OF ACTIVITY. NATURE ALWAYS PROVIDES SOMETHING TO WATCH--SEE--AND ENJOY.  CUBBY AND I LOVE THE RAGING WATERS OF THE SPILLWAY. NATURE IS UNBELIEVABLY- BEAUTIFUL--AND THE SPILLWAY WATER IS ESPECIALLY FUN--EVEN WHEN IT'S ANGRY, EXCITED, TRANQUIL, CALM, OR AGITATED!

I PROMISE-----NO ONE IS MORE-FUN TO BE WITH--DAY AFTER DAY—ON ALL OF NATURE'S TRAILS----THAN MY VERY- BEST FRIEND, BIG DOG-CUBBY DOG.

FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS, OUR COMMUNITY HAS EXPERIENCED HEAVY RAINS.  THESE DAYS, OUR HIKES HAVE LED US OVER MANY SMALL BRIDGES THAT NOW COVER TROUBLED WATER. CUBBY AND I ARE FASCINATED WITH LOTS OF WATER.  WE CAN WALK THROUGH IT, BESIDE IT, AND OVER IT-- SINCE MOST TRAILS LEAD NEAR, BESIDE, OR---CLOSE-TO THE VILLAGE'S MANY LAKES, STREAMS, AND DAMS.

I LOVE THE FACT---"BIG DOG" AND I ARE THE ONLY -TWO WHO DAILY-CHALLENGE THE COLD AND BAD WEATHER TO WALK/HIKE THE TRAILS.  SEEMS MOST PEOPLE "OUR-AGE" PREFER TO  WALK WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT-- LIKE --WARM WEATHER, SUNNY SKIES, NO WIND, AND DRY WALKING SURFACES. THOSE PEOPLE COULD NEVER HAVE "MADE IT" ON MY JOURNEY OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA. ON THE OTHER HAND--THOSE PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY LIVING STRESS-FREE AND PREDICTABLE LIVES--- THAT ARE SAFE AND FINANCIALLY -SECURE.

A FEW TIMES---I'VE ASKED MYSELF: "SALLY, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO EXCHANGE YOUR MANY FIRST-EVER PHOTOS; CLIFF-HANGING MOMENTS; AND ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES----FOR A WORRY-FREE, SAFE, AND SECURE LIFE?"

I'M LAUGHING AND SMILING AS I ANSWER MY OWN QUESTION: "NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES---NO!"

SALLY MILLER