On this Thankful Thursday, Luke and I are thinking about how thankful we are for our (almost) daily walks. What I love about this time of year is that we don’t have to wait until later in the morning for it to warm up before going for our walks. It’s the opposite instead, we try to go early to beat the heat – not that we’ve really had much heat yet!
Because the bugs are so bad this year, it’s nice to have the cooler mornings since I can wear long pants and long sleeves as protection from getting bit. Luke and I both still load up with natural bug sprays, which makes getting out the door almost as time consuming as bundling up in the winter (it’s always something, isn’t it?), but I’d still much rather walk in the early morning (around 8 am which is early for us these days anyway). It’s the quietest and prettiest time of the day, and I like to have our walk done before getting into whatever work I have to do for the day. That way Luke is more content to just hang out with me. It’s also easier to walk him before the birds are out free ranging, so I don’t have to distract him from them as we go through the yard!
Since the bugs have been SO bad, I’ve considered not walking some mornings, however, when I see Luke’s excitement when we’re getting ready, I know how important it is to him. We have another whole post to write about the challenges of bugs this year and how we’re dealing with it, and we’ll share some of the products we’re using.
Luke knows the morning routine, and if we veer away from it, he is following me around right on my heels! He did that the other morning when the Dadz had the day off and was going to walk Luke. It was nice for me to be able to get an early start on my bookkeeping work, and nice for Luke to have some time with his Dadz. I put his harness on and sprayed him with repellent while Dad was taking care of the birds. Once we did that, he knew he was going, and romped around the house in excitement while waiting for Dad!
What’s your favorite time of day to walk?
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