I have some ground rules: no more than one hour spent outside, and I follow Milo’s lead—within reason. That means no unsafe terrain where snakes might lurk (rock piles, tall grass) and no trespassing on someone’s private property. Here’s what I’ve learned from our stop-and-sniff walks.
We amble, we circle, we meander. We are almost never on a path, or at least, not a path that I recognize. I believe these twisty, turning trails follow the rabbits and kangaroos.
That patch contains multitudes. When I looked at the ground rather than up at the sky, I saw all kinds of fascinating things.
“I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden