Having a dog means an outdoor adventure everyday.
This is especially important in winter when there is little to beckon you outside. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where low light combines with heavy gray skies, winter can feel like this:
If you look closely though, the winter landscape holds much color and beauty. You just have to be a little more inquisitive. We are fortunate to live about a mile from a fabulous waterfront park that was once an active military fort, Fort Ward, located on the south end of Bainbridge Island.
Recently taken over by the local parks department, Fort Ward was a state park for many years and fell into benign neglect…which I personally think suited it. Improvements abound under the new owners. The park offers dense forest, beaches, shrub rose thickets, old apple trees and crumbling moss covered gun mounts. During the week in winter, it is deserted. Today we (that would be the dog and I) grabbed the camera and headed to Fort Ward for our outdoor adventure.
We slowed our usual pace, and looked closely at the winter landscape and found that while at initial glance, everything seems gray and brown – there is much color and excitement at close range. Without leaves and sun sparkles to distract you, elements that fade into the background during summer finally take center stage. Shaggy moss covered trunks, sea foam green lichen dangling from branches, twiggy thickets that make you feel like a rabbit, washed up treasures on the beach and masses of vibrant rose hips and berries can be found around every corner in the park.
A great adventure with the added benefit of rejuvenating a heart that misses the sun.