The most direct walk to the beach from my house requires a jaunt along a busy road before reaching the more serene portion of the neighborhood. Walking back single file to keep our distance from the traffic, conversation was a challenge. "I can't hear everything you're saying," the girl said. I tried speaking a little louder. "I think humans have an irresistible urge to speak just when its noisiest,"she said. "For some reason, we want to add to the noise."
It was a good walk. Wildlife spotted: Two different yet to be i.d.'d large-ish birds. (Only one was "successfully" photographed.) A possum as big as a dachshund.