Marley and I took a casual walk through College Woods today - well, one of us walked, the other ran everywhere and smelled everything and pooped three times in the woods - I'll leave it to you to figure out who did what.
I know I posted earlier about us making it through the transition, but I realized I hadn't walked the College Woods trail in probably two weeks, and wow life is really blooming.
These are the first maple leaves I have seen this season. That made me happy. I have seen buds on trees around Durham, but I haven't seen many on the trees at the LHH yet.
The thing about walking the same trail regularly is you get to watch the changes that happen. Some of them are natural, like the appearance of new leaves on the trees, or the blooming of new plants from the ground. Like these leafy things - I don't know what they are called - but they certainly were there the last time I walked across the bridge.
Some of the changes are not natural - but are man-made. I noticed this pile of stones just a little further down the trail from the leafy things. This little peninsula is just a bit past the bridge I usually cross, and so I don't usually go on it. But the pile of stones caught my eye because unlike the greenery, the stones don't just suddenly appear on their own. So I went down to investigate.
As you can see, the stones were partially painted with designs, and tucked under the stones were typed messages. I didn't want to disturb the stones, so I could only make out a bit of the text.
I thought these were cute. No harm. It's not like College Woods is pristine wilderness, so I don't think there is any harm to piling a few painted rocks.
It's nice to share the woods.
It's nice to watch things change.
It got me reflecting on how I haven't stayed in one place long enough to watch things change for most of my life. Or at least, I have not had the time or inclination to watch things change. I'm trying to change that about myself.