Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Walkabout Grand Finale

I’ve truly enjoyed my role as Walkabout Ambassador for Weil Footwear the last 28 days. Today is officially the final day of the Walkabout, but I plan to keep walking and stay in touch with the other ambassadors, who are spread across the US!

Some of the benefits I've received from the Walkabout:

First, I find it easier to stay motivated when I’m surrounded by others who love to get out and pound the pavement or hike park trails. During the last four weeks I received encouragement from forty-plus virtual walking buddies!

Also, I appreciated the Walkabout emphasis on simplicity--all I needed was an excellent pair of walking shoes. No pressure to buy a gym membership, lots of spandex, or an expensive treadmill. My only crucial piece of equipment? Some extra comfortable shoes (provided by Weil Footwear, but now that I see how comfortable they are, I'll be replacing them when this pair wears out).

Another thing I love about walking is how it keeps me closer to nature and the changing seasons. In our Western cities, a relatively new phenomenon called nature deficit disorder is emerging. Richard Louv, who coined the term, says “The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need.” Lots of folks in the medical world are beginning to support the idea that time spent outdoors contributes to our overall health.

Murphy and I challenge you to get out and walk in the month of May! If you live in the Vancouver/Portland area, message me and we can meet on the waterfront for an invigorating stroll.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Seattle Shots

This weekend I got a chance to walk around Seattle before I picked up our daughter from university there. When I'm walking in a city, one of my favorite things to do is take photos of public art. This whimsical mermaid decorates an iron gate in downtown Seattle.

Don't you love the skyline? I took this photo a few months ago in a park that overlooks the city. Hope I remember how to find the way back--this would be a great place to take photos through spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Voice of the Turtle

"For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle
is heard in our land..."
--Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (KJV)

Yesterday on my walk, I saw turtles out again at Salmon Creek. A sure sign of spring!

As a child, I loved the idea of turtles vocalizing, especially since our pet box turtle never uttered a sound. It made me think of an entire chorus of turtles, singing with utter un-selfconsciousness.

Now, of course, I know the poem refers to turtledoves (in the original Hebrew)...
but part of me still wishes I could hear the turtles' song.

Monday, April 09, 2012

From the Operating Room to the Forest

My Dad, who's almost 84, still gets out and walks whenever he can. He's a great example for the rest of us!

When I was ten, my family moved back to the States from Africa. Dad didn't have a huge amount of free time because he was starting up a surgical practice and also often on call at the Woodland Park emergency room. But weekends, if he didn't have to operate or take phone calls from a drunk lady who thought she'd been bitten by a vampire (true story!), Dad planned hikes for us--to Multnomah Falls or the coast range and other scenic spots nearby.

Some of my best memories involve the smell of pine needles and hiking Columbia Gorge trails along steep drop-offs.

Who are your favorite walking partners from childhood or adulthood?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
--John Paul II

Friday, April 06, 2012

Just in Time

So excited--my Weil Walking Shoes just arrived & fit wonderfully! Now to break them in. My original package included some Rhythm Walkers, but they were a bit snug. These Balance Walkers feel comfortable and seem to have excellent arch support. When I looked online at reviews from others who've ordered them, people raved about the built-in orthotics. [Big word alert: orthotics = corrective shoe inserts, at least in everyday use]

My feet will match our Easter eggs! If I could only find four little Murphy-size sneakers in the same color.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Spring at Salmon Creek

It's spring at Salmon Creek! Jeff and I walked until we came to a stop. The trail had flooded. All this rain we've gotten in the last few days fed the creek and it detoured onto every low-lying piece of land in its path.

We glimpsed cormorants fishing in the water and an eagle atop a very tall tree. Also heard tons of birds singing their little throats out. Yes, I believe spring is here to stay.