We went to visit the Aullwood Audubon Center yesterday, and what a treat that was!
The Dude took off his shoes and pushed Buster in his new lightweight stroller through the grass and over dirt paths and gravel, with Buster kicking his legs in delight every time the road got bumpy.
We went into the woods for a nice easy hike and it was just beautiful - the sun coming through the trees, the brook trickling by, a field of ferns in the shade.
At the rose garden we startled a young deer and watched it bound across the grass into the prairie, white tail flashing.
Then up into the prairie, where we watched barn swallows swooping through the air, and the many bees buzzing over the wildflowers.
Places like this make me think of the summers spent visiting my grandmother in southwestern Germany and how I would walk up into the fields behind her house, with the sun, and the buzzing of insects, and the breeze rustling in the tall grasses.
I often wish that I lived closer to the outdoors when I visit places like this. Today I will be grateful that I do have such rich opportunities to be outside, and to share those times with people I love.