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Well, I walked another 4 miles today. I keep parking my car a little further along the trail and finding new mile markers. So far, I've been doing each route about twice and then pushing my boundary out. That actually means four times, because I have to do a loop. So I walk out 4 half-mile markers and turn around and walk back to my car.

I'm now working my way up hill. (Which means the end of the walk when I'm tired is downhill, yeah.) I'm working my way up the western side of Clark's Gap. I intend to walk to Leesburg in the end. I didn't technically start at the very beginning of the trail, but that's because it crosses too many stupid busy roads in Purcellville. So I started at Rt 287 and have been working my way east next to Rt 7. The trail is the Washington and Old Dominion railroad bed (the W&OD). It's 50 miles of bike trail from just outside of DC all the way west to Purcellville. We used to live near it 30 miles further east, but I've never walked or biked this section in the four years we've lived here.

But it's beautiful, especially at this time of year when very few people are using it. Mostly I'm by myself, with my own thoughts. I love that. And after a four mile trek, I feel really good. Which can't be said most of the time when I exercise. It does have something to do with being out in the fresh air and moving at a moderate pace. I'm not fast, I'm not slow. I move along and have plenty of time to think, to let my thoughts wander, to question and observe man's marks and nature's around me. It can be creepy when I wonder if anyone is following me, it can be beautiful when the light changes or it's foggy or I see a blue heron. It doesn't matter. I just let all these sensations flow through me. It makes me feel alive.

And it makes my feet hurt. Oh well. That's part of feeling alive, too.
Frog Out



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Nov. 9th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh, man, Oz -- you're making me miss those long hikes I used to take. Hard to do those w/ a 2-year-old in tow!
Nov. 9th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
I think I finally donated my framepack for E to charity, otherwise I would send it to you. Hardly used as I was much heavier then. That's the thing to do when he's this small. It's about the silence, though. E chats up a storm.

Reading your response, I realize why it means so much. Now that she's in first grade, I have the hours, if I plan my day. For preschool and kindergarten, my time was snatched here and there...last year kindergarten was 3 hours and I hoarded those for writing (or staring at a monitor). A walk would have eaten up the entire 'day' with driving and cooling down. I don't regret the effort put into being a parent, but it's nice to hear myself think...must be that writing thing.

Nov. 9th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hiking. That's one thing I miss here in the big city, but someday I'm going to get up in the mountains of Madrid and wander around. The paths are there, the hobby (senderismo) is popular. I just need to get there. Now that it's later in the year, there might even be snow.

"Frog Out." Is that a signoff or a suggestion?

By the way, somehow all the administrative text for this site is in Spanish:

Enviar comentario, Previsualización, Comprobar ortografía durante la previsualización. ¡Aviso! Este usuario tiene activada la opción que graba su dirección IP al escribir un comentario.

So don't say I wasn't warned.

Is that because I'm logging in from Spain and the Internet magically knows I speak Spanish? If I logged in from Alpha Centauri, what would I get?

Un abrazo,

Sue Burke
Nov. 9th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Rambling
Well it certainly does seem to know you're logging in from Spain. Frog Out is a signoff. As a suggestion it boggles. Outing a frog. Hmmmm. We need a constitutional amendment about that. Don't ask, don't tell the frog.

From Alpha Centauri, it would be in Centauri, of course. Please, by all means test that theory for me. I'll be waiting.

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