The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 3

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. šŸ˜‰

Monday, 6th August

Some more of the flowers along my path.

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

The turkeys were in the field normally occupied by the horses today, probably enjoying some freshly wet grass. šŸ˜‰

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. šŸ˜‰ 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

Another butterfly, this one clinging onto some grass.

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

A turkey feather that was sitting along the path.

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

Some pink flowers along the path.

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. šŸ˜‰ 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

Steam rises from the road after the rain.

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

Water beads on some fallen leaves, about 13 hours after the rain stopped.

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. šŸ™‚

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. šŸ˜‰

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.

2 thoughts on “The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 3

  1. Yay! However, I’m seeming to strike out with getting videos posted on Blogger – I’m gonna switch to Google Video I think….

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