Today is Easter. Such a happy day that ranks up there with Christmas and Valentines Day in my Happy Holidays book. After forty dreary days of Lent, Easter is all about good and happy, with flower blossoms, fresh air, a good church service, and Hallelujahs! in the air.
This morning we went to early service, after which we scurried back out to our car and grabbed our backpacks. They were full with hiking gear. We returned to the church and changed out of our Easter finery and into our fleeces and hiking boots, and headed out to the woods for an Easter hike and picnic.
This was really nice. I think everyone else must have waited to go to their respective late services, because it appeared that we two were the only hikers in this state park. That Spouse o' Mine and I began a conversation about bees. What colors do bees see? I said something about ROYGBIV and he replied back, "Richard of York Gained Battles In Vain." Where WAS he educated?! We bantered back an forth about this. How could anyone know what a bee sees, anyway?! Is someone out there talking to the bees? Somehow this subject evolved into campfire songs and then into the question of how did musicians centuries ago tune to a pitch? (I was explaining that when I was a kid visiting my grandparents, we would attend their church which did not believe in pianos or organs in a church service, lest they drown out the voices raised up in praise to God. I described that singing as interesting even to a little kid, in that there was a song leader who had to be pretty true to pitch and not start a song really high or really low, or midway through there would be big problems.)
When we got home from church and hike, I hadn't gotten the "hike" out of my system, and I called out to our dog, "Pasture!" (NO: Her name is not Pasture, but "pasture" is one of very few words that she reacts to in a favorable way. She connects Pasture! with Adventure! and she comes running. Biserka is such a neurotic/borderline psychotic dog that most movements and noises unhinge her. But Pasture! is one of her few "happy" words. I named her Biserka because she is. She rarely comes when called. She WILL come if I call out MacArthur! which is our cat's name.)
Biserka and I crossed through our pasture, down a steep trail, and into our creekbed. The creekbed is dry, yet muddy, and the sides of the creek are straight-up steep, in many areas higher that a 2-story building. It's like exploring a mini-Grand Canyon, with wild animal paw prints and hoof prints, and curiosities which change from season to season, and flood to flood. There used to be a Model A car in a wall of the creekbed. And a red boat once appeared during a flood.
We followed the creek's meander down for about half an hour, and then climbed a steep climb out into our meadow area. I have always intended to put a picnic table down there. Maybe this summer...
Easter was a nice day. No big feast with family, no Easter Egg Hunts, just a nice church service and then the outdoors. A nice day.