This time of year most people – and dogs – have piles of leaves in their yard.
Some people think they’re a chore because they have to rake them up and get rid of them.
But kids and dogs think they’re great fun.
At least I think they do.
I don’t have one tree in my yard or on my trails that drop their leaves.
The juniper tree drops berries, and the pine trees drop needles – but not one tree drops leaves.
I’ve always wanted to run and jump into a big pile of leaves, but it’s something I’ve never gotten to do.
So while I was out walking on my trails today I found that my trails do have something to offer.
Maybe not any leaves, but I guess this is the next best thing.
Mesquite tree beans.
Piles of them.
Maybe if I add the piles together they’ll be big enough to jump in.
I’m not sure they’ll have the crunch that freshly fallen leaves have.
But there is something they do have, and maybe this makes them even better than a pile of leaves.
These beans smell really good.
Hey, we even have one of these trees in my yard.
I think I’ll gather up some beans and bring them inside.