Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Signs of spring, part 2

Also this weekend as the weather evened out, after some pretty serious thunderstorms and a tornado that blew through in the last 2 weeks, we decided to take Finn on his first (self-walked) hike through the woods. We took him to a nearby park with some short trails and let him go. I was amazed at how he took to running through the woods without so much as a backward glance to make sure we were still following. The trail contained some uneven path, due to roots that had popped up through the dirt, that initially he was willing to hold our hands through, but eventually he wanted to try it on his own. He only fell a couple of times; each time getting up without complaint and brushing his hands off before racing on again. A few pieces of nature, in the form of a large, flat, smooth section of bark and a chunk of broken root, caught his attention. Inspecting those items sidelined him for a few minutes as he turned them over in his hands examining them, but eventually, he was ready to continue on. Overall the trail wasn't particularly long, but still, Finn walked probably three quarters of the way on his own. Pretty good for a first hike, if I say so myself. :)

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