One of the best things about having to drive to the extremes of the city, is being nearby to parks that I would not have normally visited, or maybe even given a second glance. Today’s walk was through a small, yet picaresque “park” north of city with the promise of a waterfall. Besides, this was directly on the heels of good job news, and I wanted to take advantage of the free time I had, and the nice fall weather. I couldn’t pass up the great opportunities afforded to me.
The park was a heavily wooded area that only gave me a few miles of path, but those miles were beautiful. The trail lead me into a small forest, that zigzagged across a small stream. Each zig & zag led me to cross numerous wooden bridges, until I found myself in front of a small, but lovely waterfall with a great view.
I’ve lately thought about bringing along a pedometer to measure my steps, but that suddenly turns my walks into exercise and not leisure. I know me, and I’d be distracted by how many calories I was burning, or how far I had gone, instead of enjoying every step no matter the distance.
Today, I also thought about bringing along my iPod. I love listening to books on CD, and how cool would it be, listening to a good story while walking through the trees? It could even by a Bill Bryson novel, or a travel book that echoes the scenery and season. But why listen to other people’s travels, when I need to enjoy my own? I’d miss the wind through the leaves, the trickle of water in the stream, the rustling of leaves from squirrels and chipmunks running to and fro, and the sweet chirps of the cardinals and bluebirds in the area. Plus the deer!
The leaves are almost completely fallen from the trees, and the weather is getting wilder and colder. Winter walks won’t be nearly as pretty or as soothing as today’s journey, but I look forward to those just the same.