We had planned to head for home first thing... unless our girl needed us. But a glitch with the car had us waiting for the all ready call from a nearby garage. I suggested two nearby parks, and he gave me that looks that says not thrilled, this doesn't meet with what I had in mind. I felt like I was still convincing him when I pointed to the trail marker that said only 0.6 miles. The morning was clear and bright, and the trail was vivid green... and truly, I think he would have done anything to make me smile, warding off any chance of possible tears.
We skipped the loop in favor of the stairs, zig-zagging down into the limestone sinkhole. The green pulled at me... so lush and wild, hundreds of shades and shapes. The spiraling steps captured my eye, natural and out of place, all at once. Streams trickled down through the stones, around fern and moss... and music of the earth sang to my heart. Life, all around us.