In my post about running in the winter, I forgot to say that I also like to mix it up in the winter when I can and snowshoe or cross-country ski. Thursday afternoons during swim season are set aside for "Mommy time," a few hours between finishing work and Sam's departure for practice. Yesterday I took Jackson for a hike, but I had to move quickly in the one hour of daylight I had. That's right, in this part of Maine, the very easternmost edge of the eastern time zone, it is just about dark by 4:00 in December.
Jackson found some friends on the trail. Especially the black dog named Jack aided my attempts to exhaust Jackson. They went a little crazy in the snow chasing each other. Love it.
It was very cold yesterday, and I almost didn't go out in it, but I'm so glad I did. I love the way the world feels more quiet and hushed by the snow cover and how invigorating cold air feels. And Jackson, our southern lad, is loving his northern snowy life. Good boy, Jacks.
"Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent. Don't lose sight of your goals. No matter what the obstacles are, don't let anything deter you from your best effort. Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can and cannot do. Be tough, be stubborn, love yourself, and find friends who believe in you." --Joan Benoit Samuelson