Because hiking with Dusty is anything but fun (if we meet people or other dogs he goes crazy barking and I have not been able to teach him not to and doubt I ever will) I decided to spend more time with Bear alone. Today we went to a local wetlands recreation area and had a beautiful walk. We met kids and we met a man with a dog and Bear was just peaceful, gentle and happy to meet everyone.
The day was perfect. Spring is pretty subtle in its arrival in the wilder world, but the rabbit brush is starting to tinge green, and, anyway, I like the winter landscape. I watched some birds soaring on thermals but couldn’t recognize them. I’ve since learned they were American White Pelicans.
It occurred to me recently that I don’t know much if anything about wetlands and they are all around me, part of the Rio Grande River habitat. They are also flat. I can’t hike hills very well, so what I have here is a whole new world to explore and learn about.