When it's cool, the granddaughters tend to come in from school, turn on the TV, and veg out. Most evenings we can't get too far from the house because I'm never sure when one of their parents will be here to pick them up; it can be any time from 4:30 to 6. But I've given Rachel and Kevin a weekly "date night" when they don't have to get the girls until 8 PM, which means we had plenty of time for a walk.
It's been a perfect autumn day, and when I suggested we go strolling after homework was done, the girls were quite enthusiastic. With two dogs running circles around us, we skirted around the bull, who has never chased anyone, but has an intimidating stare.
Our first destination was the cabin, where we made a "mouse check" (No new tracks). Then we headed down the path in front of the cabin that leads down to the fence and the railroad track at the back of the place. The mosquitoes and flies are no longer around, thank goodness.
Rather than go back up the same path, we walked several yards to the mouth of our biggest valley and used that path to ascend back to the pasture. All three of us had to stop and catch our breath a few times, going up the hill. But there was no complaining.
We were gone for exactly an hour, and had worked up quite an appetite; we were soon sitting down to a "kid meal" of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and green beans, followed by Cookies and Cream ice cream.
Another good day.