I ran with Hayden on the newly-paved Camp Dudley Road past the school house. We ran down towards the Stable Inn.
The field of wildflowers was all gone.
The best part of the run was the several dozen woodpeckers – small, fluffy, industrious – in a flock on the spindley trees of Lake Shore Road. One dive-bombed us, letting us know, “This is our world! Beat it! Aren’t you city folk? Get on back to your city!”
We did. Or at least walked back up to our house. We walked up the Old Dug Road.
Our toes got wet. After all, when you run through a field where wildflowers once grew and woodpeckers now rule, you are going to have to pay. It is a small price in discomort but there is a big pay off too.
The pay off is in knowing that there are places in this world that are not ruled by humans, there are places where woodpeckers rule.