When a walk in the park engages all of your senses.

All of these things, and much more, happen when we’re taking our walks.

  1. Seeing the greenery and wildlife.
  2. Smelling freshly turned earth or pine needles.
  3. Touching the moss and tree bark.
  4. Tasting fresh wild grapes or blueberries.
  5. Hearing the birds and frogs, and things slithering through the underbrush.

We cook well together.

Trav is especially good with meat and spices, and I do go-withs.

Lately we’ve been doing steamed fennel and yellow squash with a little coconut oil and sea salt. Mmmm! I think this would also be good mixed with wild rice.

I’ve enjoyed watching “Naked & Afraid” for the past few days.

There was a particularly good episode – Lord of the Rats – with an interesting guy named Darrin who was very resourceful. They were on a tropical island with a knife, a bow drill, and a coil of rope. First he made shoes, a platform, and fire. They went foraging and found a big bunch of bananas (which they had to constantly defend from the monkeys), and he made a buried fire pit to steam the unripe bananas to make them good to eat. Then he made a rat trap and caught four right off the bat. He was also counting the coconuts every day and noticed when one fell, so he went and found it, and they feasted on fresh coconut water and meat.

We joked that he was going to be the first one to actually gain weight on the show, and we laughed and laughed about it. Good, solid belly laughter.

It turns out, he only lost 6 pounds during the 21 days, which is really good, considering we’ve seen most people lose anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds.

Great walk today.

We saw a hawk nest with two babies, a pileated woodpecker, a sandhill crane family, lots of cardinals, abundant squirrels, many spiders, a Florida softshell turtle, and a little alligator. And, a root snake (really just a branch but it sure did look like a snake as we came around the corner). Plus we had a little trail nibble of wild blueberries.