Reader, Walking: Small, Incremental Habits
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Reader, Walking: Small, Incremental Habits

A year ago, on March 1, I registered my highest ever weight. I was kinda shocked, but, honestly, not enough to really get into gear. Then, because of the global pandemic, Jason came home to work. He’s always had a long-ish commute – 45 minutes or so each way, so I knew we needed to…

It’s so cold out, let’s walk
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It’s so cold out, let’s walk

It’s cold. When I was getting dressed it said 15*F feels like 8*F … It’s cold. I don’t like to be cold. Frankly, I don’t like to be overly warm, either. In some ways cold is preferable, because while you can always add clothes, when it’s hot … you can’t exactly remove them. So, what…

Reader, Walking: A Guide Along the Way
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Reader, Walking: A Guide Along the Way

Part of the reason Jason started hiking in the beginning was because we have this dog. Buck. He’s a rescue with separation anxiety issues; severe separation anxiety. A Plott hound, we suspect he was maybe a hunting dog or a farm dog. He exhibits those behaviors, like the time at the Christmas tree farm we…

Fighting Gravity
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Fighting Gravity

 We don’t actually have a lot of real hills in Central Ohio.  I took an hour long walk in the neighborhood this morning and Strava tells me I had a 39 foot elevation gain. The local state park where we do most of our hiking has slightly more varied terrain. It’s around a reservoir and…

Reversing Course for New Perspective
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Reversing Course for New Perspective

Most of the trails we follow are “in and out.” We walk in, there may be a loop, but then we follow the initial trail back out. It isn’t unusual that we follow the trail in and then turn around and follow the same back out.  Have you ever read a book that was ……

Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek

When we first started walking in the late winter, all was brown – except when it was white with snow.  Variation on the theme of brown was cause for notice and celebration. When the harbinger of spring and ramps were out and noticeable, they were noticeable specifically because all else was sameness.  But as the…

Making trail friends
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Making trail friends

We’ve been taking three walks each day just out the front door and around our neighborhood. The dog is a fan.   When Jason came home, we sort of fell into a walk before work, a walk with the kids at lunchtime, and a lunch after work. He no longer has an hour and a half…

Man’s first occupation
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Man’s first occupation

Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 (emphasis mine) God set Adam into the…

Seeing, we see
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Seeing, we see

When we walk into the woods it takes a minute.  We start on the trail and it takes a bit to get acclimatized. I would say until you can’t hear road noise anymore, but it doesn’t usually take quite that long. It’s surprising, though, how far in before we begin to see. We notice, of…

In which an indoorsy mom begins hiking
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In which an indoorsy mom begins hiking

I don’t really like “outside.” Oh, I know I’m supposed to and do feel a twinge of guilt about it, but I don’t like dirt or bugs or wide variances in temperature. I’m not, however, philosophically opposed to “outside” … actually, I’m rather philosophically a fan of outside – especially for my kids. And I…