Back in the flatlands…

The girls and I got home late Saturday night from the Maple Festival – it was remarkable. I don’t know about them, but I was exhausted in that way you only get when you’ve spent a full day having a really, really great time. The girls are so much fun and yet so composed. I was talking with my friend Mark about it and I told him they’re like three little buddhas. It’s amazing they’re so well-behaved at such a young age. And sitting in the car for 2 or 3 hours each way! Incredible.

Anyway, it was nice to get back down to the river with my little pack on a pleasant Sunday morning. The river’s coming down from a pretty deep (nearly 15′) flood but it was still nearly at 13′ on Sunday morning. Which means lots of muddy trails. Here’s Ivory by The Altar, which was under ~3″ of water:

Ivory at the flooded Altar

The Altar with the river at 13

Later (away from the river!) we ran across a nice guy named Peter with a magnificent 1 y.o. English Mastiff named Trudy. He was kind enough to take our picture:

Dogs by the Pasture

With my posse by the Pasture; Thanks Peter and Trudy!

When we reluctantly returned to home, the charming fragrance of a dozen hyacinths filled the driveway:


First in a row of delicious smelling hyacinths

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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3 Responses to Back in the flatlands…

  1. Grace says:

    This is beautiful!

  2. Glad you enjoy it! Of course I like the dogs but I am particularly thrilled with the way that picture of the hyacinth turned out. It almost looks good enough to smell it – almost! Around here, hyacinths are the first really fragrant flowers of spring. Many more to come. Peonies probably next. Although maybe some nice roses. The smell of honeysuckle will overpower everything (in a good way) soon.

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