Field Notes: Summer 2021
Asha gives me her well-are-you-going-to-throw-a-stick look that I’ve come to expect when we reach this brook. I recognize a few sticks at the water’s edge from the last time we were here.
I gauge the water depth as best I can and throw. I don’t want to make this too easy for her, but she doesn’t swim, so I don’t want to throw too far out either.
Asha splashes into the brook and stops when the water becomes too deep for her liking. She sees the stick floating about a foot away and turns around.
I throw a second one and she splashes back into the water. This one has landed an inch or two beyond her comfort zone. Asha takes a couple of steps back and approaches from a different angle. And repeats. And repeats again. She stretches and stretches, gets the stick, runs out of the brook and up the trail, shaking off the water and her stress.
She knows her limits and when to stretch.
No stepping stones
At the trail intersection I want to turn left and Asha wants to continue straight. We continue straight.
This trail is wet, wet, wet after two heavy storms. I navigate around large puddles and rivulets.
Then we come to the stream.
The few rocks I might use as stepping stones are too small or too far apart to make it across with dry shoes, socks and feet. Potential crossings upstream don’t look any better. Still, I’m resisting this wet crossing.
I look over at Asha, waiting on the other side.
Here goes, I think, then follow her lead and walk through the water.
My “Oh, damn” disappears in the refreshing water and my delight with the wet-shoe-squishing noises.
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