Yesterday we took a day off from running dogs and bee-lined to the city for some Christmas shopping. It needed to be done and the company was good - but I really don't remember how I survived when I used to live and work in the city.
I found this quote this morning which basically sums up how this now 'country bumpkin' sees cities.
"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy. "
~Hamlin Garland, McClure's, February 1899
A day at the vet today (rabies vaccinations for 20 of the dogs) and then back to the trails tomorrow!!