While Fio is gone, I will probably take some times off, just me and Sonia, the mastiff. I might even take her over to the lake and walk her a short way up the Goodwater Trail, one of the neatest trails I know for the serious and half-serious hiker. In fact, that is where I took my Boy Scouts to train for the 100-mile trek on the Philmont Boy Scout ranch in the mountains of New Mexico several years ago.
Actually, I was living out a thirty-year dream. Back then, I didn't stay in Scouts long enough for more than a couple of camp-outs very nearby, but I think it made me a better Scoutmaster because I wanted to do what I had missed.