Thank you for all the birthday wishes! They were appreciated, for it was a full moon and I tend to find full moon days kind of intense with emotion and rather moody. (I'm noticing a trend in retrospect.) I'm a little relieved it's over, though I am happy to be 34 and fortunately, we celebrate a birthday week around these parts, so the good times have just begun.
We tried out a new campground yesterday, building a big fire and zipping the tired dogs into the tent, at their request, long before we zipped ourselves. We slept late to the sound of raindrops and hiked through woods with trunks floating in yellow foliage, meandering along the blue-blazed trail. Near the end, we boiled water for hot drinks over the Coleman stove and were surprised by a huge dragon of starlings overhead which filled what sky we could see.