Walkin'

10/21/2009 04:31:00 PM Edit This 6 Comments »
Not far from our house is a beautiful trail called The Lakeland Trail.  It used to be a railroad track, but for many years now it's been a trail for non-motorized use.  Lots of horseback riders use it, bicyclists, and of course walkers.  For the second time this week, Abby and I took a hike along the trail.  This is a beautiful time here - the trees are changing colors, large flocks of birds are preparing  to migrate, the air is clear and crisp, and (possibly best of all!), there are no mosquitoes!  I've had a pedometer for quite some time, but I couldn't figure out how to use it.  My sweetie got it set up for me, so today I used it for the first time.
Since it was pretty cool, I wore a lightweight, zippered sweatshirt under a lightweight denim jacket.  Abby decided to go au natural, so all she wore was her collar and leash.  We passed 2 women (we also passed them Monday), and they had their 2 dogs with them who wore matching checkered jackets.  The dogs were very polite and kept their distance from Abby, who is not very friendly with other dogs, to put it mildly.  Next we encountered a woman walking her dog off-leash, but when she saw us coming, she promptly put his leash on him, commenting as we passed that her dog is not very friendly with other dogs.  Even so, both he and Abby behaved nicely and there was no barking or charging from either of them.  Lastly, we met John, a portly, old, gentleman whom we met for the first time on Monday.  He remembered Abby (but called her Angie .... she didn't care a bit and greeted him warmly), and while petting her, confessed that one of his feet was hurting him today.  "I've come down with a new condition",  he said with a twinkle in his eyes.  I told him I was sorry to hear that and hoped it wasn't serious.  He replied, "You've heard of AIDS?   Well, I've got WOBS!".   Even though I'm a nurse, I'd never heard of WOBS before.    "I've got Weary Old Bones Syndrome", he laughed.  I laughed with him.  He said he made that up himself, and I offered that he might be able to sell that one to Jay Leno!

I took a picture of the trail with my phone.  I was annoyed that I hadn't brought my camera, when at the very end of our walk I remembered my phone.  So, here is a picture of the trail at the place where Abby and I started.  I'm planning on taking some real pictures and using them as subjects for paintings and drawings.  Until next time ....



6 comments:

MagicMarkingsArt said...

Wow that is a beautiful trail - even with your cell phone camera you can see the colors and almost smell the clean, fresh air. I live near the beach and love to walk on the boardwalk. I'll have to post a picture of that!

Sloane's Creations said...

That is a lovely trail! I walk around my neighborhood very early in the morning b/c my two beasts are a handful! I am looking forward to the parking meters coming down so I can walk at least one day on the beach (I live at the same beach as Magic Markings, small world eh?)

Vicki Holdwick said...

Say Nancy,

Maybe one of these days we could meet for a walk with Abby.

I love walking - maybe we could put in some hours on the computer and then reward ourselves with a walk.

xoxo

Michi Michaelson, Orange County, CA said...

Hi Nancy!
THANK YOU so much for visiting my blog . . . unfortunately . . . I only took pics of the groups of Cards for Heroes.com and not individual ones . . . I'll do better next time!
I'm LOVING your acrylic painting . . . I think it's really LOVELY . . . you are quite an accomplished painter!!!!!

freebird said...

Looks like a wonderful place to walk. I have two friendly dogs and two not-so-friendly dogs. Thank goodness they have plenty of space to run around as I couldn't see me walking all four of them (3 small and one huge). Enjoyed hearing about the people you encountered especially Mr. WOBS!

Leah said...

Mmm, I'm loving the trees this time of year too.