My usual half hour bike ride to the PO this afternoon got extended to about 2 hours. I felt some need to get a a little more exercise and rode to the lake behind the airport runway. It was quiet and pleasant and only one car came by.... Mary, who I was glad to see and she stopped and chatted. There were a few drops of rain, but not while I was painting. There is still some pink from the fireweed. The golden rods and asters are earlier and more abundant than I can remember ever seeing them before.