I went on a date this afternoon with a man who loves being out in nature as much as I do! His degree is in something nature-related, and he works in the local parks system. As I waited for him to arrive at the park, I was treated to three deer walking by the parking lot:
We did see two red-tailed hawks circling and then swooping near us, which was fun. He's more into plants than birds, but I told him that birds are much more interesting to watch!
It was so refreshing to have delightful conversation, and to be with someone who pleasantly greeted other hikers we encountered. My new beginning reinforces all that I'd been missing out on this past decade!