“Want to go for a walk?”, came a question on the telephone.
“Sure!”, was my reply,
“See you in a half an hour —we’ve got time for a half hour walk…”
A half hour later, two grownups, two boys, and two dogs arrived at the house. After an interval sufficient to chat and to fill two “travelling bags” with popcorn, off we went.
First stop: some moss by the side of the path. “Poppa Tom, why are you taking a picture?”
“Because it’s so beautiful.”
The path follows the top of a glacial moraine behind our house. We took a right at the first really big glacial erratic boulder.
We headed down into the dry valley below.
Younger grandson had his fourth birthday recently.
We got to a big white pine that was one of my favorite trees, sixty years ago, when I was about seven years old.
On the way back, Poppa Tom kept looking under things.
Poppa looked under logs.
At last, under a medium-size fallen oak tree log, he found what he was looking for.
For more about Massachusetts salamanders, see: http://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/reptiles-amphibians/salamanders/salamander-species-in-massachusetts
On the way back there were more treasures than salamanders to be found.
And still more treasures.
A good time was had by two grownups, two grandsons, and two dogs.
We were a little off-target, but not badly.
Thirty-six minutes of time in the woods is time well spent.