1. My appreciation of Greenbelt Lake grew this morning. The morning light was soft, it broke through the tree branches in bars of light, and the surface was smooth, reflecting all the trees around its banks. A large flock of geese suddenly flapped into formation and flew onward, a majestic sight. This is a good way to exercise, maybe lose some weight, and lower my blood pressure. And, maybe more important, exercise and wear out Maggie and Charly.
2. We didn't get out of the car, but I took Maggie and Charly on a drive to find the Patuxent Research Refuge, a National Wildlife Refuge near Laurel. I just wanted to get a sense of the where the visitor center is and to make sure I understood how to get there. All of that is in place and now I'm ready to find out where the trails are and to take Maggie and Charly on some walks.
3. We had our first guests today in our apartment. Molly, Hiram, Olivia, and David came up to visit. The kids got to try out the excellent playground in our apartment complex and then got to open the boxes that came from Amazon with new plates and cups for them that will now always be at Nana and Grampa's place. We enjoyed a good dinner and enjoyed seeing each other. It was awfully good of the Diaz family to make the trip to Greenbelt, especially because Hiram had a choir rehearsal to attend in Arlington later in the evening. We had a really good visit.