It was better than it's ever been.
I was more aware.
In tune with everything around me.
The trickle of the water, the birds chirping. The wind in the huge trees overhead. The sun peeking in and out behind the clouds just enough to warm my skin, but not enough to to make me sweat.
I learned things: Ever wondered how silver maples got their name? The under sides of the leaves are silver which you can see as they blow in the wind.
We saw a lot of things:
Barn swallow nests on the rocks
2 geese with babies tucked back in the grasses
And a blue heron escorted us down the river, swooping in ahead of us along the way, perching as we approached, then flying off ahead of us again.
He was with us.