Purnat was home sick today. Even thought the weather report was 10% rain that was just not the case. The Sky poured fourth it’s liquid delight on us for a couple of hours. Sometimes strong sometimes gentle but always bringing beauty as we need it so very much.
The three of us just had such a good time and Bodhi at the end of the day and in great excitment said ” I love you Aero!” They truly had such a good time together like great adventure buddies. Throughout the day they traded off leadership of direction with great compatability and ease. They both took our day into adventure after adventure. It all certainly went in a way I never would have expected and what fun to just do EXACTLY what Tender Tracks is about, being in the present moment and following it.
When we got out it was raining nicely though no down pour. Aero wanted to go to the Big Rock right there. I mentioned all about rainy days slippeyness and so we climbed carefully. Not half way up Aero realized that he forgot his back pack so he and I got it and came back to climb the rock. Up there we had such a great view and a wonderful vantage point to decide what direction we wished to explore. Aero took the first lead and started us off down a very muddy slop. They both thought this was great fun and and wanted to go skiing down this hill. We went on a familiar trail but then there was a fork in the road. Aero took us one way but then there was another fork and Bodhi took us into some great tree stump and rocks but there really was no where else to go so, after a bit of exploring off we went back on a trail but, Aero wanted to go off trail and straight up a hill! Bodhi went for this for awhile but then was really not liking the straight up thing so then we veered to the left. Then Bodhi noticed Soap Root Plant after soap root plant. We found incredible vole holes in the grasses and an magnificent dry dugout. Who could have stayed in there while it rained? Racoon? Rabbit? Skunk? We didn’t find any scat or hair so we could only see the size of the spot. After a time we moved on and wound up on a trail that led us straight to the swings but, Aero didn’t want to stop so they both agreed to keep going. And which way did we go? Off trail and on up a deer trail. And again, straight up the grassy hill!!! Neither one of them were up for this so I veered them off towards an actual trail. This then brought us crossing over rocks and the dry creek bed and there, at the base of an old Oak Tree a Bay and some Buckeye trees that were all around us. Here we stopped and began to eat!
After eating or actually while we were eating Aero pulled my hood over my eyes and I began to play hiding and seeing games. The two of them LAUGHED AND LAUGHED. Bodhi would run and either pull it off or on my head and the two of them really thought this was truly funny!!! After a time that stopped and I began to explore up and over some trees and rocks to sit in the SUN! yes, the Sun was showing itself on and off for the rest of the day. I was on quite a slop right in the middle of a dead Oak Tree with a beautiful Bay tree behind it and some Buckeyes with great new green shoots near and around. Bodhi found me and we sat there for a time. He wondered where Aero was and I said, “Look, look through the trees, do you see him?” Bodhi couldn’t see Aero as he played with some sticks and then he finally came over to be with us. There we stayed and by no accident. Bodhi DID NOT! want to leave the area of the sun. They both REALLY liked this one area and wanted to “stay there all day!” Bodhi said his brother should be there and I could be their Mom and we could just stay there. I asked about their Mom’s coming and he said “Oh sure!!!!”
Here they began to peel the dead bark off of the tree and discover so many wonderful things underneath. And, Aero was into it being either a puzzle or the bark pieces becoming hats. Bodhi liked finding the mushrooms underneath. I told them a couple of stories about rainbows and mushrooms and then they began to dig. The digging turned into a game of burying me. Bodhi wanted to bury me but Aero wasn’t as interested as everytime Bodhi threw dirt over me Aero took it off and then he finally laid on me as the dirt was being placed on me. There was discovery after discovery.
I went up a little higher for a moment and came down and Bodhi asked if I would go back up as he and Aero were having fun just the two of them. I complied with ease and stayed a bit away for the last ten minutes there. They were delighted and played very sweetly. I blew the ocarina to say we needed to leave and off we went. But, as we were going down I heard this scream from Bodhi, he was coming down the hill and a big rock was sliding and was resting on his back. He got very scared but I removed the rock, all was well and his recovery time was really short! In such a healthy way we re lived and spoke about it for the next five minutes or so and then it seemed to truly be out of his system. As we were walking though I was amazed, Aero’s body knew exactly how to get back just the way we came. Well, all right, we went off in one area but after that, wow, we actually went back the same way, off trail, that we came. They came across a sweet dog but they both were not so keen on it.
This was such a fine and happy day for these two boys, and me too!