So, today I was privileged to take my first outdoors walk of the year! The sun was shining, it was a lovely 54 degrees (supposedly). The breeze was...well, brisk, to put it mildly. The tunes on my iPod were fantastic and I loved every minute of it.
Me, at the start of my walk. As you can tell by my hair flying around, the breeze was going strong.
Some ducks bathing in the canal that runs alongside the walking path. All told, I counted:
Cyclists - 3
Birds - 24 (including these ones.. The racket they made was fantastic and filled me with so much hope of the promise of spring. It's a shame it's only January, lol)
Other walkers - 2
Kids in Strollers - 1 (a beautiful 3 year-old girl who had a brilliant smile)
My turn-around point. Even though my timer usually goes off a couple of minutes before I reach this point, I still push myself to walk to that point and turn around. I even pat the center pole as I circle around it. Somehow it makes me feel more accomplished (like crossing a finish line and breaking through the tape running across it...or breaking through the toilet paper stretched from tree to tree we used to mark the end of our races when we were kids).
A mile-marker for the path I was using. And no, that's not how far I walked on the path. I think (at most) I walked 1.5 miles round-trip.
A funk-looking cement truck that was driving down the road while I was walking. It looks like the cab of the truck is actually in the back...it's a trip to see it drive down the road.
The gorgeous sun playing peek-a-boo with the clouds! The temperature was supposed to be 54 degrees F (at least that's what Google claimed it was when I texted for the info while walking). I don't know about that, but when the breezes died down enough, it certainly felt really pleasant.
My shadow...lumps, bumps, and all. This is the year to make it smaller. ;o)
My favorite picture from the day--me, enjoying the sunshine.
And finally, the end of the road!
As I was walking a song came on "Deeper" by Delerious. One of the lines says "It's time to walk a path where many seem to fall". At the time, I thought briefly about how this is a journey that many choose to embark on, but not everyone finishes strong.
I, for one, would like to finish strong. And by taking a walk today, I know I (literally) took steps to do just that.