Well after the boring day at work, I decided that the evening was absolutely not going to be boring. Something would be interesting. Of course DaNece going out shopping without me (thank you!) meant that I could do ANYTHING. So instead of throwing the tennis ball around with the dog like usual, I opted to take him for a good walk.
The funny thing about it is, normally I have a pretty set route that I walk the dog. It is a little loop that I found a few months after we moved into this house, about 4 miles long with some hills and whatnot mixed in. Generally I really enjoy this walk, but tonight I didn't believe that I was capable of dealing with the inevitable dog-who-can-jump-over-its-gate scenario, so I opted to go the opposite direction from my loop. A direction I have never gone before...
The direction we headed lead to a piece of state trust land, where I could blissfully let scrappy off of his leash, and just enjoy meandering around. It was one of those great walks where you just keep going to see what is over the next hill, until suddenly you realize that the sun is almost gone, and you now have a 45 minute walk back to the house. The land is currently 'closed' to motorized vehicles due to all the kids tearing up the soil with their quads. Thankfully foot traffic is still allowed, so I wasn't even breaking any laws to take my walk!! :)
In one direction I could see the San Francisco Peaks, and in the other: Granite Mountain.
The weather was just right to keep me comfortable, and I watched as the sun slowly descended to the horizon:
And about this time I realized that I should turn around and head back to avoid walking in the dark. The show continued on the path home, with the eastward sky turning bright pink:
2 blocks from the house, and the sky lit on fire:
So not only did I get a very enjoyable 90 minute walk in blessed silence, but I also get a very un-boring light show to accompany it. Not too shabby.