Luka knows where we’re going before I even get in the car. She sees me grab my bathing suit and the whining starts. I can hardly blame her. Durand Lake in Randolph is her paradise…a nice loop trail, long grass, a lake. What more could you want? I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
“Do not waste your time and energy wishing for a different set of circumstances”
I am never alone
I am a part of a whole
so vast it is unknowable with my own thoughts
I do not need to understand
I came here not for understanding
not to grow
not to become
or even to learn
I came here to Be
fully present, wholly here
with open eyes and heart
and with compassion
as only myself
Luka is the best dog ever. And she’s in shape. She kicked my booty today on what I thought would be a simple hike. 1.3 miles…that was it..how hard could it be? Well if the 1.3 miles is straight up, it’s harder than you think. And if you’re a bit out of shape, it’s harder still.
Luka is in phenomenal shape. She went and up and down that trail always coming back to me with looks of encouragement..”Are you coming?” “Let’s just see what’s around the corner; just one more corner, you can do it!””Hey, I’ve doubled back for you at least 30 times, if I can do it, you can too, keep going.”
I need to get into better aerobic shape; seriously, I thought I was having a heart attack at one point I was so winded. I then decided that I needed to slow down and not necessarily keep Luka’s pace. She’s got four legs; I’ve only got two. The viewpoint was smaller than I had expected, but it was lovely and I felt relatively safe so high up. We were high!
Down the trail was much quicker and Luka ran, which meant that I ran. It was actually pretty fun. I love running (well…jogging, or plodding quickly) down trails. We were rewarded with beautiful flowers and a quick and wonderful dip in Durand Lake.
I can honestly say, if I hadn’t had Luka with me, I probably wouldn’t have made it to the viewpoint. She keeps me going..in fact when we (I mean I) were done, Luka was ready for more.
a little afternoon walk and dip at the nearby Lake Durand and Randolph swimming hole.
Peacock 9X12 inch oil on canvas
Violet 11X14 inch oil on canvas
I took the boys and headed out for the grandparents’ house in Wonalancet. As usual, Granny had made a feast and we ate a lovely lunch on the screened porch. It was very nice to catch up. I brought Luka too; she had a hard time accepting the “no dogs inside” rule, but eventually settled in. And when another dog showed up, she was happy to have company.
After lunch we headed out to the potholes, a favorite Tamworth swimming hole..but again, no dogs allowed here either. Luka did a great job staying in the car. The boys had fun and I even dipped in up to my shoulders.
It’s a very rainy Wednesday morning now, and my son heads back to San Francisco to his new life there…everyone is growing older.