I Took a Walk
Monday, September 05, 2011
I took a walk this morning. Outside. At 10:30. To appreciate what a big deal this is, you have to understand what the weather has been like here in Central Oklahoma. For the past couple of months it has been horribly, miserably hot. We’ve not just broken records for consecutive triple digit temperatures, we shot right past them and kept going. And my Scandinavian genes find this especially unbearable. All of my cardio lately has been in the gym with great air-conditioning and lots of enormous fans or in my house with great air-conditioning and one small fan, turned up as high as it will go. So when I say I took a walk this morning, outside, in the middle of the morning, it’s a big deal.
I was able to do this because our weather suddenly changed. It was perfect. Sunny, and windy, but not too windy. Just the right amount of breeze. Almost chilly. I don’t know what the temperature actually was, but it was wonderful for walking. My husband went out for his walk at his usual time early in the morning, and had to wear a jacket. He came up to me pointing at it with a big smile before he left. And kissed me as soon as he got home so I could feel how cold his nose was. We are pretty excited here about this weather.
I thought about going to the gym this morning anyway, so that I could do all of my strength-training there on the machines. But it’s a holiday, and I figured that there would be lots of people there who wouldn’t normally go because they were working. (I am lucky enough to be able to go in the middle of the morning and avoid the crowds.)
We live in a neighborhood with lakes. There is one very large lake, and a couple of smaller ones. I chose to go to the medium sized lake and just walk around it a couple of times. I’m so glad I did. Oddly enough, even though there were plenty of people taking advantage of the perfect weather and walking or jogging around the neighborhood, no one else was on the sidewalk around this lake, so I had it all to myself.
I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a walk more, and not just because of the perfect weather. At first I was a little disappointed because our usual contingent of water fowl seemed to be absent, enjoying the other lakes this morning maybe. But there was an enormous red hawk, doing exactly what it was supposed to be doing here, “making lazy circles in the sky.” Beautiful.
On the far end of the lake there are a bunch of bushes, blowing in the wind and making so much lovely noise that I could hear it over the iTunes in my ears. Close to the bushes I saw several dragonflies, with bright yellow and black striped wings. A couple of them were darting around each other right in front of me for a little while.
I was enjoying myself so much that I decided to walk around the lake a third time. This time, as I was walking around I saw a snake race across the sidewalk just a couple of feet in front of me. It was a small snake, obviously harmless, with pretty stripes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a snake move that fast before. I watched it go across the sidewalk, then down a stony bank toward the water, all in about three seconds. It was just cool.
The only jarring note of the walk was that at the end, on the way up the large hill to where the houses are, my right knee started hurting. It was fine once I got to the top and walked on flat ground, so I’m not worried about it.
It was a wonderful walk and reminds me again of the beauty and wonder of God’s creation and I am grateful.