What a day it was yesterday, my whole body is feeling well used, my muscles are sore, but a good sore, literally every single one. The pirate joined me up here, late Wednesday evening, I had been watching W. while her parents went out for dinner with friends. It had rained nearly all day, but I squeezed in a short walk to gather yarrow for medicinal purposes and a good weed in the garden before the sprinkles and drizzle led to a full rain. I sat in the sun room and taught W. some embroidery stitches; she is a quick study and I love that about her.
Yesterday was a picture perfect day, not too warm, some light clouds in the sky and sunny. Maybe the first day with no rain at all in weeks. The pirate and I went out to the lake and paddled and fished for three hours. Nibbles on every cast, perch, pumpkin seeds, sunfish, and he caught a big pike, it is a temptation to fish there, throwing back every fish, but knowing you catch one frequently, it is like an exercise in desire, in wanting, the next one will be the big one, and you are there not noticing that two hours have passed. I noticed my legs were getting burned and even though he wanted to stay out a little longer, I turned my boat and headed back to the car, good thing too because he has a vicious sunburn. We went into town for a sandwich and to stop at the roadside stand for a dozen eggs and then drove around trying hard to get lost in the woods with a different route home, eventually we made it back, and after a short rest headed up the hill for a walk. The sun was still up but under the shaded road it was cool and we were protected. He spent much of the walk moaning and complaining about the rubbing of his wool socks on the burn.
The light of the afternoon sun on the side of the mountain was beautiful, the dogs scared up turkeys and chased them up the side of big hill and then they splashed across the creek to rejoin us. We continued up to the base of the hiking trail, up the side of the mountain, where the cave is, a spot where the creek cuts through rocks going under on one side and spilling out the other.