Sunday means recapping this week’s walks, along with setting some goals for the week. There’s a surprise in the walks; if you’re reading via RSS, you might want to check out the post on the site. 😉
Monday, 6th August
It was a cloudy day, and it wasn’t terribly humid or hot. However, I did take the regular route, and included a slight diversion – I took a side path that goes around a grassy area that I usually walk through (don’t worry the part that I normally walk on is maintained by lawnmowers and such – though I do walk across a couple of feet of unmowed grass).
Total distance – 5112 steps, 4.08km
Tuesday, 7th August
I waited a little bit to go out for my walk since it was still raining when I got up. However, when I did go out to walk, it was still a little wet, so I wound up taking the umbrella anyway. As you’ll see, I’m getting used to having the umbrella by now. 😉 I decided to take the normal route without the diversion.
Total distance – 4937 steps, 3.94km. If you include my mall walking, the total for the day was 11514 steps, 9.21km.
Wednesday, 8th August
The sun was out, and it was a little bit cooler, so I decided to do some more exploration. I went up the regular route, but instead of turning left to head back towards the road, I went to the right to follow the “official” trail. I followed it up until I was on the other side of the soccer fields they have at the park and turned back. On the way back, I spotted a couple of dogs walking around with their owner. Having been prepared for them coming, I let them approach and then proceeded to pet them and have a short discussion about the weather with the owner.
Total distance – 6650 steps, 5.32km
Thursday, 9th August
The word for the day was definitely “wet”. In fact, it was still misting when I went out to walk, so I needed the umbrella again. I also created a new phrase – “second rain” – which is defined as the rain that falls in a forest from the collected water on the leaves. While I was taking the long route, I came to a realisation – that the primary route back to the road would require a walk down a hill where there a lot of loose rocks. So I went a little further around to a different forest opening and walked back to the road.
And a bonus for y’all – I took some video of the forest, and you can hear the rain both hitting the ground and the umbrella.
Total distance – 5683 steps, 4.54km
Friday, 10th August
A thought that had been going through my mind for some time now is to go for a clean up walk. As it happened, the sun was out, and there had only been some rain the night before. So, after some searching, I grabbed a bag and a pair of work gloves and went out to walk. I wound up picking up less than I thought I would since the grounds crew went through and cleared the cans from part of the park, but I did pick up a few odds and ends that had been there for as long as I can remember. However, I did not pick up the dog droppings, or any of the prophylactics that I had found in the past. 😉 I walked the regular route, with the diversion. I also collected the turkey feather that had been dropped the other day, along with another that was right by it.
Total distance – 5618 steps, 4.49km
Saturday, 11th August
This was the first day that I almost did not go out to walk. I had been waiting for it to be later in the day so that it wouldn’t be so hot, but I wound up waiting too long, as it started to cloud over. I then checked the radar to discover that there were some storms on the way. However, I didn’t let that deter me at first. It wasn’t until I was out the door and heard a crack of thunder that I decided to wait the rain out. Luckily I did and it cleared up long enough for me to go out and walk. However, I did still take the umbrella – I needed it at first where I learnt an important lesson – mosquitoes like umbrellas. It seemed that I couldn’t get rid of them unless I closed the umbrella. Fortunately, the rain stopped and I could close the umbrella. As I was walking along the normal route, the sun went away again, and I suddenly heard another clap of thunder (I never did see the flash of lightning during the whole storm however), so I picked up my pace. I’m fairly certain I did the walk in record time.
Total distance (including extra walking around the house) – 5299 steps, 4.23km
Sunday, 12th August
The sun was out again today, so it was a very pleasant walk. Nothing terribly exciting happened, though the mosquitoes didn’t seem to be anywhere around today on the regular route – not that that’s a bad thing. 🙂
Total distance – 4995 steps, 3.99km
In other news, this week has been a week of, well, staying the course. The schedules didn’t work out to go in for volunteering this week, however I have mentioned that I want to go in this week; it looks like Friday is the most likely day to do it since there are the fewest conflicts then. The other project that I mentioned last week did get started out and it is progressing slowly, but surely. I have quite a bit of learning to do about its inner workings though – it’s all in a new language to me. 😉
This week, my major goal is to start a new habit – writing about my walking the day I do the walk; I’ve been waiting until Sunday to write about the walks the last couple of weeks, and it’s a lot of time that I have to spend trying to remember the bits about my walk. The only thing I’d write down is the number of steps and possibly a word or two about the day. Also, I’m going to sit down and write out some of the prompts that I have in my notebook, plus some others that I’ve come up with, so that I can use them in case I have nothing; plus I’ll be able to post in the morning so that I don’t find myself at 8 or 9 at night with nothing posted for the day, and then rushing to post.