Life has been clipping along at an alarming rate lately. It seems I am perpetually tired. On the weekends I've been taking the time to recharge. For me this means nature, physical exercise and dogs. I've been hiking with my dogs in the grazing reserve. It's not exciting walking down the oil lease road, but with fields filled with deep snow, and trails converted into cross country ski paths, there really isn't much of any option. I love watching the babies kick up snow as they race. I love the sound of snow crunching beneath my hiking boots. I love the isolation. I love how my muscles work to keep me upright on shifting snow. Most of all, I love the joy on the dogs faces as we pull up the winding road to the staging area. The squeaks, groans, and panting that ensues as they realize we are going into the beloved park. It never fails to bring a smile to my face no matter how dreary the day.