Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

April 3, 2011

Getting Ready for the WordPress 5K

Did you get that email from WordPress about a week ago inviting you to participate in their World Wide 5k walk/run?  I’m planning to participate next Sunday, so Daphne, Teddy and I went exploring for our possible 5K route.  I noticed on a recent walk that my town had kindly added a map of trails in the woods near the powerlines where I walk.  I’d been pretty much following the same route since I discovered it last summer, so the map was of interest to me.  Studying it made my head spin, just a bit, as I tried to get my bearings.  These routes ending in the places the map claimed didn’t seem possible to me, so I had to see for myself.  Since I was exploring today and not sure what I would run into, Andre did not come along today (he’s still pouting over there refusing to look at me), but I had my cell phone and iPod (with newly downloaded pedometer!) in my pocket, so I have a few not-wonderful pics to share from our explorations.

I followed part of my usual trail as I began today, and had my eyes open for paint splotches marking the other trails.  One of the branches I took today was the “Cedar Swamp” trail.  Sprinkled all along the edges of this trail were these:

Anyone recognize it?

As I continued on my path, I had an encounter with a bird of prey that took my breath away in appreciation.  I have no picture to share, but I have reason to believe what I might have seen was a golden eagle.  It took off from a low branch of a tree about 20 feet in front of me, had a brown belly and brown wings, and appeared large enough that I’d have to hold it like a basketball.  I stood in full appreciation of the moment.

As I tried to see where the magnificent bird might have landed, a bit of an obstacle literally lay in our path:

Poor Teddy bonked his head on the branch pointing downward, but we all managed to scoot under the fallen tree and continue on our way.  I had unfortunately no more siting of the wonderful bird.  I took this picture of the direction I saw it fly in to try to help me remember our encounter:


The dogs and I continued our walk, they taking in all the new fresh smells, my appreciating a fine spring afternoon.  They got a little muddy and wet as several parts of our walk looked like this:

..but I in my boots, and they being dogs, we were unbothered by it.  Daphne and I tried a balancing act along that log while Teddy happily slogged through the middle.

As I came over a familiar hill near the last leg of my walk, a wonderful sound filled my ears.  A sound that really says springtime to me:

Turn the speakers up loud on your computer to hear them: peepers!!  How I love that sound.

According to the iPod pedometer, we walked 3.829 miles or 8,631 steps in a leisurely 91 minutes today.  A wonderful walk full of moments to appreciate – I’m looking forward to next Sunday very much.  Let’s hope weather and the moments are equally wonderful.

ETA: Clarification: WordPress didn’t send out an email about their 5K, I just realized!  I subscribe to the Daily Post blog just to keep ideas for my blog flowing and the news of the 5K was shared there.  My bad!  All the information you need to participate, if you are interested, is in that link.  Our friend Gerry and her duo are planning to participate and she has also made a couple posts about planning her route.


  1. I didn’t get that email. Maybe they were looking to encourage non-runners? lol Can you forward it to me? How lucky for you the see the eagle and hear the peepers. I haven’t heard them yet though my kids say that they have.

    I’m guessing that the new growth is skunk cabbage.

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 3, 2011 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

    • I clarified that whole email issue up there. Whoopsie.
      It was pretty wonderful! Hoping next Sunday is equally wonderful.
      Yes – skunk cabbage seems to be the consensus.

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  2. Skunk cabbage, mud puddles, peepers–do we know how to have fun or what? I’m glad you saw the eagle. I hope everyone sees something wonderful on Sunday, pictures or no pictures.

    Comment by Gerry — April 4, 2011 @ 3:19 am | Reply

    • We definitely know how to have fun, LOL! Daphne and Teddy seemed equally thrilled with the whole affair.

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  3. Ahhhh….. the sounds of Spring!! I love it!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — April 4, 2011 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  4. I didn’t get that email either. Huh. Maybe they figured I am too busy tempting people with cookies too walk anywhere…

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — April 4, 2011 @ 11:35 am | Reply

    • Email thing was me not them. WordPress isn’t judging your cookie pushing! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  5. What a nice walk… a little muddy, but still nice.
    I’m so glad you posted about the 5K because I didn’t get that e-mail either. I checked out the link earlier today, and headed to the gym for my 5K. No photography allowed there, so I had to sneak some pics with my cell phone…. hopefully they turned out! LOL

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 4, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • 5K is almost nothing for you, isn’t it Michaela? I bet you can do another 5K somewhere before Sunday where you won’t have to be sneaky with pics if you want!

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, 5k is pretty easy 🙂 With my allergies I can’t walk outside right now, so the gym is it, and I don’t think they will give me permission to take pictures. Very early on a Sunday morning would be my best bet, because there’s almost no one at the gym. Not sure if I will be able to make it to the gym this Sunday, though.

        Comment by thedailyclick — April 4, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  6. Well I guess the last shot pretty much explains why it’s called Cedar Swamp… Don’t recall the email either, but then we only work in miles over here… lol… (does that excuse count ??)… 😉
    Pretty cool that you’ve found some optional walks though, and you can’t beat seeing an eagle either… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — April 4, 2011 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

    • Are you pulling my leg again Brian, about miles? I thought all of Europe was Kilometers. And no, that doesn’t count as an excuse since they kindly explained 5K is equal to approximately 3.1 miles. 😛
      Seeing what I hope was actually an eagle was pretty darn awesome.

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

      • Me !!!… As if I would ever do such a thing… lol… Honestly though, on this occasion I’m not, as we do indeed work in miles (although we’re the only country in Europe I believe)…
        See, us Brits are not as crazy as you think… but only we use miles on the right correct side of the road… 😉

        Comment by FS Photography — April 4, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  7. Thank you for sharing about the WordPress walk, Karen. I had no idea about it until now! You know that seeing an eagle is a sign of luck, of spiritual gifts, of larger awareness? Very cool! Nice pictures…thanks for taking us along with you.

    Comment by Kathy — April 4, 2011 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

    • I didn’t know that about eagles…that “feels” right though. I hope it actually was an eagle that I saw.

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  8. No email for me either…hmmm, mayber WP plays favorites? 😉

    I think the mystery plant is a Jack-in-the-Pulpit. We have several of them growing in the woods around us. I’ve dug up some and put them in my yard (which is actually illegal so don’t go doing that). I figure if the grow wild in the woods right near my property then for all intents and purposes, they’re mine. 🙂

    How wonderful to discover new paths to walk! 🙂

    Comment by Milkayphoto — April 4, 2011 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

    • Nope, nope, my mistake – no WP favorites. I realized the notification actually came from a WordPress subscription to their “Daily Post.”
      There was so much of this plant near the swamp. It does look like the skunk cabbage images I googled, but it would be nice if it really is jack-in-the-pulpit instead.

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  9. You lie! You don’t really like those peepers! You are just deluded by your desire for warm weather! Tell me in a few months that peepers are a wonderful sound!

    Comment by Meghan — April 4, 2011 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

    • Hey, hey, calm down there Miss Fiesty-Call-Your-Mother-a-Liar! Get your facts straight. It is tree frogs that I hate. Not peepers. Two different kinds of frog, two different sounds. 😛

      Comment by Karma — April 4, 2011 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  10. I love spring peepers. Ours were singing tonight. 🙂

    It looks like a lovely walk. And lucky you, seeing a Golden Eagle! What a great memory to have.

    I’m still figuring out where I’ll hike my 5K.

    Comment by Robin — April 4, 2011 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

    • I haven’t figured my exact route yet either, but I think I’ll just check my pedometer to decide where I should take the “fiinsh line” picture, since I’m feeling my walk could turn out to be more than 5K if the weather is nice.

      Comment by Karma — April 5, 2011 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  11. WordPress didn’t send me a year end email and I did not get this one. Did hear about from Gerry’s blog and I have mapped out my route. Actually it is a 5K loop trail at a near by nature center. Popular for joggers and runners but I will be taking a nice stroll. Probably snag a few pics for the April photo hunt, too. 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 8, 2011 @ 8:19 am | Reply

    • I did get the year-end email, but you might have noticed, I corrected myself. It wasn’t, in fact, a WordPress-wide email. It was actually on the Daily Post at WordPress, which I subscribe to for possible blog ideas if my well runs dry. I’ll look forward to your pictures from your stroll! The pooches and I definitely won’t be running either!

      Comment by Karma — April 9, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  12. […] week my local blogger friend, Karen, discovered a WordPress.com challenge, challenging WordPress bloggers to get out and run/walk 5k or 3.1 miles. It could be accomplished […]

    Pingback by Accepting and exceeding a challenge « Rebecca the Housewrecka — April 11, 2011 @ 9:37 am | Reply

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