I am trying to find some new places to walk a few days a week – just to shake it up and to get off the roads. Thinking back to last June, I did almost all of my walking in the neighborhood. Everyone was staying at home so the roads were quiet. But we don’t have sidewalks so now, a neighborhood walk means spending a lot of time watching for cars.
Instead, I have begun driving down the hill to a local bike and walking trail. When I walk on this paved trail, I pop my ear buds in and walk without really paying attention. There are days when I see the blue heron or the eagle and I always stop to say hello. The other day I saw five salmon in the water. I might see a beaver and there are always ducks and geese, but this trail is for exercise.
There is another trail that I am visiting more often. It is on my way to the library and one of my grocery stores so it is convenient. This time of year there are all sorts of things beginning to bloom. Best of all, this is the place to see frogs, baby salmon, and dragonflies. These creatures take a bit more attention. They are smaller and prone to hide so you really have to slow down. Fortunately there are some rocks and downed trees that make a great perch.
I am beginning to gather ideas for more of these slow walks and hoping to find a day each week to drive a bit further from home and make some new trail discoveries.