Today, for the first time in years, I chaperoned a field trip for the boy. Went up to Jacobsburg State Park. Park rangers covered three different areas — hiking, orienteering, and birding.
There was a lot more walking than I usually do, and I’m glad I used both ankle brace and cane. My legs are weak and weary, but it’s a good feeling.
Pretty much all of the birds we saw are the same ones I see in our yard and neighborhood — hardly surprising, given how close the state park is. Turkey vultures, American crows, American robin, sparrows, chickadees. The ranger did identify a flock of pine siskins, though, and titmouse and nuthatches, so that was cool.
I’m glad I went. The boy’s getting to the age where these opportunities are less frequent, even if he isn’t embarrassed to be seen with me in public, and I need to take advantage of the chances I have.