I took a pretty good walk today and did a different route. I walked south on Highway 98 which is a fairly heavily traveled road as it is the link between Highway 27 and Highway 90, with an entrance and exit to I-10 in there too. Lots of big trucks so I don't really enjoy walking on that road but I wanted to walk down a little dirt road that is an oasis of shade and peace and to get there, I have to walk on the highway. There's a good wide shoulder on both sides so it's not too dangerous. Also, the highway crosses over Lloyd Creek and I love to look at that. I often see turtles sunning themselves on a log and today was no exception there. I did not, however, see an alligator.
Here's the little dirt road.
There are palmettos and magnolias, pines and oaks on either side and I hardly ever see a vehicle on it but today a truck pulled out of what I now know is a future driveway because the truck stopped and I had a little chat with the man driving it and an even better chat with the two boys in the backseat, aged 3 and 5.
"That's our driveway!" one of the boys said.
"Do you live there?"
"Not yet! We're building a house!"
"That's the plan, anyway," said the daddy.
The boys proceeded to tell me about their baby. He is seven months old and he can walk!
"He can walk?" I asked.
"Yes! He can walk everywhere!" said the five-year old.
Their poor mother, I thought. But what I said was, "He must be a genius!"
The boys agreed that he was and I asked them if they loved their baby brother and they assured me they did.
"Well, you guys take care of him!" I said, and they drove on their way.
Here's what the railroad tracks that border our property look like.