She came to the front door of the condo without a jacket, so I went back up to her unit with her to help her remember to bring one. It turned out that she was right, though, and the day warmed up pleasantly so that we all left ours in the car when we got to Burnaby Lake. This used to be a favourite walk of Mom and Dad's, and then after he died, she would walk it fairly often on her own. But she hasn't been able to get to it since being made to give up her driver's license a few years ago (deeply resented and, wow, I know where all her memory power is tied up because THAT she CAN remember!!). She was thrilled to know that's where we were walking, and although it was a solid 10 kilometre walk, she kept up well (although she wasn't as fast as usual -- she's been known to have us adjusting stride to keep up).
create their own heat if they need to melt away snow cover in the winter? Some botanists speculate the other benefit of this thermogenesis is that it allows the plant to broadcast its smell, drawing pollinators who are still scarce when it blooms. Certainly, there was ample skunky aroma filling the woods we walked through. (Edited in 2017 to add that thermogenesis isn't a property of the Western Skunk Cabbage, sadly, just some of its cousins. Still interesting to think about though, right?)
What about you? Have you had any walks in the woods lately? What's letting you take some big refreshing breaths?