I think my Patty first coined this phrase, when people would ask us how we can walk so far. It is amazing how far you can walk and what you can see if you simply put…ONE… FOOT…IN…FRONT…OF…THE…OTHER. Now don’t get me wrong, we are not running a race or even trying to set any distance records. We just pick a direction or a path and start walking. Along the way, we see things new and old, sometimes in a new light, we walk and talk, we stop and listen, we sit and observe, we meet strangers on the same path who are simply friends we have not yet met.
Today was just such a day. We thought we were taking the same walk we took a week earlier, but it turns out, we were not. Oh, it was similar, but it was not the same. And that is what makes life so interesting and challenging. You start off on the same old path and you take one minor deviation and your whole world is changed (for the better or for the worse, hopefully, the better).
Here are the salient details:
Route (I have found that Google Maps has limitations. It does not always show all the permutations, particularly when they involve paths through parks. Also, they do not allow you to add enough destinations for a detailed route. These two maps are my best attempt at it. I am sure we walked farther and I am also sure the paths are not exactly as shown.
Distance walked – 11 km (7 miles)
Elevation gain and loss – 43 m (141 feet)
Number of hikers we engaged in conversation for more than hi or good morning – 7
- 2 ladies from the Hop on/Hop Off bus looking for a hollow log – not sure if they found it
- another couple who had driven into the park asking us what they should see – they gasped when we told them how far we had already walked and this was at the halfway point in our hike
- a fellow from near Melbourne, Australia with questions about beavers-hey we are Canadian, just ask us.
- a couple from Yorkshire, England keenly interested in the birds, as we were. Yes, that was indeed a female Wood Duck
Sights we saw.
NO NAME PATH AND SEA WALL
SOUTH CREEK TRAIL, ROSE GARDEN and back around LOST LAGOON
We had a lupper on the way home and then recuperated for an hour or so, before getting the wanderlust again. You see, we “needed” gelato and set off for another 2 km return trip to Bella Gelateria. Yum. Did I mention that all this walking burns calories?