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    LDRICHEL   46,087
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Let's Take A Walk

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Good morning, Spark Friends! It occurs to me that some of us struggle with motivation to just get out the door and get our workouts done. So, today...you have no choice. We are getting up and going for a walk! I'm taking you to the trail where I run or walk about 4 miles between 3 and 4 times a week. It's 7am! Time to get up! You should feel lucky because I usually do this at 6am. You're welcome.

OK, so...out the front door and it's about a 3 minute brisk walk to the trail. On the way, you can hear about a thousand birds proclaiming the beauty of this day!

And, here we are!



Now, how could you not be filled with happiness when THIS is your first sight in the morning?



And, as if that weren't enough...this is your first view of our trail walk...at 6am, the fog is still rising off of this field.



What is that AMAZING smell?!



Honeysuckle! The trail is completely lined with it! Now, you're starting to feel kinda nice, aren't ya? Blood's flowing, legs moving.

Here's our first long stretch, with plenty of friends to say "good morning"!



Beauty everywhere...a pic is worth a thousand words.







And, if you're one of those house hunter types, there are plenty of beautiful homes to check out along the way too!







And, of course, we wouldn't be in Indiana without some farm paraphernalia.





Don't even ask me about this. I have no idea. I'm just hoping this is not some snide commentary on my weight.



There's a bridge coming up...know that that means?



Oooh! Our first Clear Creek sighting!!!



Coming up on the first of two rest areas. But don't even think about it...we are not stopping!



You can see Emmanuel Baptist Church off in the distance (that's where I vote!)



Crossing the street now...and another bridge. Are you feeling energized yet?



OK, we've gotta slow down a bit so I can show you this. The coolest part of the trail for kids and parents. One of the best things our city has ever done for physical fitness education!





I'm quite sure we could fit a game of hopscotch into our Fitness Tracker!



Ummmm....WHAT ARE YOU DOING???



We aren't stopping! GET UP and keep going!!! Just a little bit more...

Oh my, we've run out of trail!



What a bummer. Guess we'll have to turn around and walk back now. Congratulations, you've completed a 4.3 mile walk today. You don't think that was fun???

Let's do it again. Soon. And often. K?





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DIANNEMT 1/8/2013 4:55PM

    I"m looking at old emails--hope you still get out on this trail! Looks lovely!

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CHLOE453 6/29/2012 7:06AM

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DRB13_1 6/29/2012 6:20AM

    Lovely, just lovely...that for being my walking buddy emoticon emoticon
let's come back in the fall -new colors

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DMPRIDER 6/5/2012 11:27PM

    What a beautiful trail! And only a 3 minute walk from your house. Wow, I'm jealous!

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NELLBELLA26 6/4/2012 11:43PM

    Beautiful blog. Loved the photos... made me feel like I was on the walk with you. what great scenery and that trail is too cute.
4.3 miles is quite the accomplishment. emoticon emoticon

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SANDYLH1 6/3/2012 6:38PM

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JEWELSNKTOWN 6/3/2012 8:51AM

    You really do know how to make it all a bit more fun. Thank you!

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GPELLS 6/3/2012 8:03AM

  You are clever, funny, and inspirational. We could ALL do what you did, but YOU thought of it and made it happen. Bravo! I LOVED watching your walk unfold. emoticon

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SHARON-MARIE 6/2/2012 9:48AM

  "I'm just hoping this is not some snide commentary on my weight. "

ROFLOL!!! I absolutely love your sense of humor!

Your course is so very pretty!

And, now, I'm off - to go triking *my* course. I live in suburbia, so there's more houses than nature; but I entertain myself by looking at people's lawns and yard gardens.

Have a great day!
Be blessed,
Sharon-Marie

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TURNINGTABLES21 6/2/2012 7:46AM

  Great trail! It's easy to get motivated to walk that one, beauty around every corner.

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JKPONYGIRL 6/1/2012 7:57PM

    thanks for the walk it was wonderful

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123ELAINE456 6/1/2012 4:55PM

  Awesome Blog!!! That would be a nice walk in God Country. Beautiful landscapes, streams, trails, walk ways and signs etc. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and week. This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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SAZZLERAZZLE 6/1/2012 4:37PM

    wow, what a great idea, and what beautiful countryside...at first i thought it could be England with all the green fields!

Thanks for sharing, makes me want to go out and take in the scenery!

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JULIA1154 6/1/2012 4:30PM

  That was a great walk - thanks! I especially enjoyed the honeysuckle.

(By the way, the bench is for stretching.)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/1/2012 12:27PM

    Fun blog!

Great pictures!

Keep sharing!

-M

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CKNAPP319 6/1/2012 10:07AM

    Wow- very pretty countryside. Don't have anything like that here in the city. I live in Chicago and trying to find a park or trail that is scenic is nearly impossible unless you travel far out of the city. Most of our parks are level with no hills or inclines and a lot of the trees and bushes and greenery have been taken out for play lots or courts.

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TASWEGIAN 6/1/2012 3:55AM

  I loved all the photos, I could inagine being there.

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MUDDYBOOTS 6/1/2012 12:15AM

    I love hiking and the outdoors yet sometimes motivation to get out there is lacking. Once I'm out on the trails I'm taking everything in and enjoying every moment. Except when I encounter a mountain lion or a black bear. Scream here! I enjoyed your blog and loved that you shared your walk. Thank you Sparkfriend. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 6/1/2012 12:10AM

  What a beautiful place to walk!

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CM_GARDNER78 5/31/2012 11:49PM

    LOVE!!!!! Beautiful pictures!! :-) I love walking on trails and seeing the beauty all around! :-) Thank you for taking us on your walk with you!!

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BLOOMING52 5/31/2012 9:58PM

    Great blog.

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URBANAUDREYE 5/31/2012 9:45PM

    I'm dying to say I wish we had a trail like that, but we kinda do (Of course it's more like 10 miles and it's up the mountain). Not to mention it's like a mile and a half from my current house to begin with so it would take some stamina to do the whole shebang without breaks). But I really like the Born Learning on your trail... that'd be awesome with my little one!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/31/2012 6:05PM

    wow... what a cool place!

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MYSTERY-LADY1 5/31/2012 6:01PM

    emoticon Tomorrow, same time?

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GOING-STRONG 5/31/2012 2:04PM

    Awesome!! Spark on Sista!

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REBECCA7436 5/31/2012 1:49PM

    This is great it is nice to see your walk

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SSEARE 5/31/2012 1:40PM

  What a great walk on a beautiful trail. Thanks for inviting me and for the good conversation. ..I did get my exercise in this morning which made reading this even more enjoyable!

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NWFL59 5/31/2012 1:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your walking place and allowing me to travel along.
I posted some pictures on my Sparkpage of one of my favorite walking sites in case you'd like to check it out. emoticon emoticon

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JANIED10 5/31/2012 10:29AM

    I love trails like that. We travel and look for them where ever we go. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to walk. Thanks for taking us all along with you today.

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DOTTY7267 5/31/2012 10:26AM

    Thank you for letting me walk with you today and enjoy the beautiful sights along the way. This was very inspiring, and made me think of a particular walk I used to enjoy on a regular basis, the Detroit River Walk. I now work in another city far removed from there, but I miss it greatly.

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KDMAMA2 5/31/2012 9:52AM

  BEAUTIFUL place to walk. Thanks for sharing.

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LJCANNON 5/31/2012 9:43AM

    emoticon That was an AWESOME Morning Walk!! Thanks for inviting us!!

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BRITT831 5/31/2012 9:41AM

    What talent! Ur great at telling a story - ever thought abt writing??? Just saying :o) Thanx for the walk - that may be the only exercise I get today emoticon I hope not but I am feelin a bit sluggish - its TOMs fault :o( Have a great day!

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WILDFLOWER521 5/31/2012 9:36AM

    You are awesome!
What a wonderful way to start the day.
Made me smile.

That is such a cute idea for families. It would be nice to have something like that in every city to help motivate families. I think I might have to borrow your idea of the pictures for myself and make a memory book out of it to share with the little kiddies. We usually take them with us when we hit the trails.

Thanks for sharing!!

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KROSMON 5/31/2012 9:35AM

    What a lovely blog. I would love to take that walk with you also, but I'm in So. Calif and having to deal with this overly heavy body. But since my heart surgery 7 weeks ago, I am walking on the treadmill. Not nearly as beautiful, but in my urban neighborhood, there isn't that much green space to enjoy. So I do what I can. Thanks for sharing.

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JAGGYTHISTLE 5/31/2012 9:13AM

  Wonderful ... I forgot how good a morning walk could be!

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DEBBIEDAY 5/31/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon Thanks I'm heading out the door NOW!... emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/31/2012 8:19AM

    That was cute!

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PENOWOK 5/31/2012 8:16AM

    Lucky you!

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/31/2012 8:10AM

    Thanks for taking me along on your walk; it was great! Now I feel the need to put my tennis shoes on and get out on my local trail :-)

Cindy emoticon

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WALLINMW 5/31/2012 8:03AM

  Your motivation is infectious. Thanks for sharing!

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PEISHYGIRL 5/31/2012 7:31AM

    oh wow ! love the blog and the pictures! Would love to take that walk with you but I am more of an evening walker : )

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MILPAM3 5/31/2012 7:26AM

  I hear you talking. Imaginative way to inspire people...and with pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURANCE 5/31/2012 7:15AM

  Oh wow, thanks for this swell picture blog post! I'm getting into walking, too, and you are reminding me that I should take a camera along.

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JERICHO1991 5/31/2012 7:11AM

    Fun! The pics definitely look like Indiana.

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IDLETYME 5/31/2012 7:07AM

    Lovely walk and blog. Thank you for taking us with you. emoticon

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SHELLIEBELLIE2 5/31/2012 7:06AM

    love it!!!!yes, you inspired me to get up and get out and go for my walk.
have a wonderful day!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 5/31/2012 6:11AM

    emoticon for sharing your walk. You have a beautiful place to walk.

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THEIS58 5/31/2012 3:26AM

    Well done! Love it!

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NYARAMULA 5/31/2012 2:15AM

    Thanks for sharing. This is amazing!

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