Slowly the temps are creeping back up again and this morning was not so chilly as in recent days. I got in a five-mile walk. I was enjoying myself so much that I was tempted to saunter past the driveway and stay outside a little longer, but then I find myself scrambling all day to catch up at work. As it turned out, we were not so busy and I could have enjoyed a longer trek.
It had been more than a few days since I’d walked the perimeter path at Council Point Park, so that was my destination today. The foliage on some of the trees is already starting to turn, and, though it is subtle, the leaves are already brushed with tinges of burnished gold, orange or red.
Since Labor Day, many of the regular walkers are now MIA. Some, I know, have jobs in the school system, so once the new school year begins, they walk in the Park either at night, or strictly on the weekends.
First, the serenity of my morning Park promenade was interrupted by the clanging of the railroad crossing gates, followed quickly by a long train rumbling along on the nearby Emmons Boulevard tracks.
After the train departed, I quickly returned to my woolgathering while I walked along, but soon that aura of tranquility was interrupted by a flock of geese, who must’ve just lifted off from grazing in the nearby baseball field. There was a baker’s dozen in all and they were honking their heads off. Luckily their flyover was not near me, so I didn’t need to duck. Up, up and away they went, albeit rather haphazardly and out of sync, as they attempted to follow their leader. Well, I guess the migrating season is still young so there’s plenty of time to perfect the “V”. Obviously, they must not have gotten the memo that warmer temperatures will be here by week’s end, but, I suspect they, like me, saw some of those huge inflatable Halloween creatures now adorning some homeowners’ lawns and figured it was time to vamoose to a warmer clime.
A gaggle of geese can make you giggle sometimes –alot of noise and energy from very large and beautiful birds gracing the great sky above.