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.
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:
..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.