This has been a really challenging year in terms of getting out on the trail. We were majorly short-handed at work , we were working in a warehouse during a remodeling project, Bethany gave birth to her second child and I was spending much of my free time helping my elderly parents, who live an hour away.
But I don’t think we ever thought we’d miss so many days. The summer flew by, and fall got busy, and it became easy to skip walking. When we did manage to get together, we stuck to the sidewalks, usually because we didn’t have a lot of time.
It was great to get back on the dirt trail along the lake today, and a lovely day for being outside.
We even saw some green:
I love pockets of color where we walk, little things you never see in cars. We miss so much when we don’t stop to smell the pink berries and such.
I suppose that would mean more if I actually had stopped to smell the berries. I just don’t think berries have much of a smell.
No jackets today — we wore our red sweat pants and hoodies. Bethany got warm and took her hoodie off.
Doesn’t this look like a welcoming set of steps to go jump in the lake?
It seemed that while we’d been gone, others had trampled the earth down in the spots that were challenging for us after the bike trail was constructed. In one spot, we used to traverse the trail by a sort of “surfing” method involving some sliding and gripping trees, but that area is more accessible now. We were able to walk all the way through to the end of the trail where it comes out on the back side of the Bemidji State University campus:
We had a beautiful blue sky today, and beautiful blue water on Lake Bemidji:
We can’t complain too much that it’s snowing in mid-November (we’ve had at least a dusting of snow in October most years), but the longer it waits, the shorter the winter feels.
“Today reminded me just how much I miss walking every day… I totally have to do better. Just leave work.”
Bethany’s words say it all. You have to make time for things like this. When we started walking, in February 2009, it was almost a given that we would walk every day — and that was in weather where it was understandable that we might want to skip a day here and there.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to hit the trail a few more times before the snow comes back to stay.
Have a happy weekend and enjoy what is left of the fall. There’s still green grass out there!