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April 10, 2011

My WordPress 5k – or 7mi. as the case may be!

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 8:40 pm
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Today was the big day for the Worldwide WordPress 5k.  My plan was to follow one of the newly marked trails on conservation land here in town.  The land has much history here and lots of memories for me.  If you’d like to know a little more about it, I found a nice website describing the area here.  It holds memories for me of walking the area as a child, usually with my dad, sister and our dog, sometimes with our bff Renae.  Today I made a new memory with a new friend, Becky from Rebecca the Housewrecka.  We began our walk at our town’s middle school and followed Alton’s Way- thoughtfully named for the longtime town resident and farmer, Alton McDonald who owned the lands and passed away in 2004.


Most of our path meandered along quiet forest and streams like this,

with occasional clearings into fields.  One of those clearings included Alton’s barn:

I thought all the snow had finally melted, but we came across small patches in the woods:

At the end of Alton’s Way (2.4 miles), we came to Lake Trail, and naturally assumed it would bring us to a lake, or really the local pond, so we followed.



Daphne and Teddy on the Lake Trail.  The dogs were very excited and enthusiastic today, by the way, both for the new smells of an unfamiliar path and for having another 2-legged friend with us.

Lake Trail did indeed come to the water, but we were unable to find a path to let us get closer.  Only driveways like this one seemed to lead directly to the pond:

After searching around for a path to the water, we decided to start back.  I checked my iPod pedometer and it said we had already gone 3.3 miles, so we stopped for our self-portrait, having completed 5K:

at 5k

Shortly after this picture was taken, the strange little pedometer program started randomly soundly a bizarre alarm! The screen said I had apparently committed some unknown touch-screen sin.  It happened a few more times on our walk back, and I suspect it somehow interfered with keeping good track of our mileage today.  Upon our return to the trailhead, it said we had gone 4.6 miles.  We knew that couldn’t be true having been at 3.3 shortly after our turn back.  When I looked up the trail online and discovered one way on the trail was 2.4, I figured the little app was unfortunately inaccurate.  By my calculations, I walked closer to 7 miles today: 4.8 for the round trip on Alton’s Way, 1.5 for the round trip on Lake Trail plus searching for the path to the water, .2 to the trailhead and back from the school parking lot, and .5 for walking to and from the school.  So I really did two 5K’s today, right?  Pretty cool!  And pretty tired, especially the dogs:



During our walk today, we heard frogs in the swamp, saw red-winged blackbirds and hawks, and Becky spotted some neat tree fuzzies – although I don’t know what kind of tree it was. Hopefully she will post her pictures from today, which I’m sure are wonderful.  All in all, I had a great walk.  Thanks for coming along with us, and thanks Becky, for joining the poochachos and me!

ETA: Becky did her post about our walk – go check it out!


  1. Nice!! I wish I had remembered today was the day and had documented my walk!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — April 10, 2011 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  2. Congratulations on completing your 5K (twice)!! The poor doggies look exhausted – I’m sure they were happy to walk along, but happier yet to take the well deserved nap!! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — April 11, 2011 @ 8:47 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Holly. Don’t let those sleepy faces fool you – they have plenty of energy and were very happy to be out for a big walk!

      Comment by Karma — April 11, 2011 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  3. […] walked a new-to-me trail that you can read more about on Karen’s blog. A flat 2.4 mile meandering one-way trail through conservation land. The day was partly sunny with […]

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

  4. Thanks for letting me tag along! That was fun and we’ll have to do it again when there is new life to be seen. Just look at those tired poochachos! Tell the girls that we started calling Stella that just this morning. 🙂

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 11, 2011 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for coming along! We should definitely do it again. The girls say you need to call Stella “poochacha” because she’s a girl! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 11, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  5. Wow looks like a great walk you girls had. The pictures are so nice too.

    Comment by patricia dinsmore — April 11, 2011 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Mom, and thanks for calling us “girls” !

      Comment by Karma — April 11, 2011 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  6. Congratulations on doing two 5k’s in one day! Well done! 🙂

    It looks like a lovely walk. I’d be interested in seeing it again when things are greener and lusher.

    So, there really was an Old McDonald who had a farm, eh? (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

    Comment by Robin — April 11, 2011 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • Now that I know more about these trails, I will definitely go back, and hopefully get more pictures when it is greener.
      Yep, Old McDonald had a farm! Funny thing about that farm, unbeknownst to me as a girl of 16, my future husband was working on Old Mac’s farm, very close to the street where I grew up!

      Comment by Karma — April 11, 2011 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  7. How FUN! And good for you for walking that much further 🙂
    I was just telling Becky on her blog that I wish I could have walked with you.

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 11, 2011 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

    • It was just right for walking, Michaela – and not too hot for you to have enjoyed it! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 11, 2011 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  8. Don’t you all think we need to do a photowalk when Michaela visits?

    We did make it poochacha and it’s stuck. She loves it.

    FYI – I’ve also enjoyed telling many people about how Teddy can burp like a human. lol!

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 11, 2011 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

    • I think we definitely need a photo-walk! Perhaps my girls could even “host” all the kids while we go for a walk so there’s whining about feet to worry about!
      Teddy is quite the burper, isn’t he? Would be funny if I could record it sometime.
      Funny how that name sticks – when we aren’t referring to the dogs together, Daphne is poochacha and Teddy is poochacho. Our Spanish teacher at school got a kick out of that.

      Comment by Karma — April 11, 2011 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  9. I would be dog tired after that walk too. I got in a 3 mile plus hike on Sunday, too. Though it was warm with temps in the 70’s, the sky was an unbecoming cloud filled gray. Like you guys, I found little in the way of Spring growth yet and lots of shades of dusty brown. 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 13, 2011 @ 8:56 am | Reply

    • “dog tired” – you’re so cute, Scott. There probably were more signs of spring out there, but as Becky mentioned we were probably too busy gabbing to take notice!

      Comment by Karma — April 13, 2011 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  10. Certainly sounds like it was a pretty cool couple of 5k’s you did there, and even better to discover even more good walking… The dogs have that distinct “If you think I’m ever doing that again” look about them though… lol…

    Comment by FS Photography — April 13, 2011 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

    • I’m not worried about getting the dogs out there again. “Walkies” time is their absolute favorite time. I should get video sometime about what it is like getting ready for a walk in this house and post it.

      Comment by Karma — April 13, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  11. Holy cow that’s a long walk. From your house, all the way to Old McDonalds and back?! How late did the dogs sleep???

    Comment by renae — April 15, 2011 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

    • It really didn’t feel that long at the time, although I will admit to feeling a bit stiff in dance class two days later. The dogs are good sports – and they will sleep until the family gets up, whatever time that is.

      Comment by Karma — April 19, 2011 @ 7:46 am | Reply

  12. […] was rewarded with beautiful sights along our path, looking so different from when Becky and I went out together back in the spring, or even from some of our early summer […]

    Pingback by Back to the Woods « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — September 5, 2011 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

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