Flora and fauna and more fabulous weather …


It dawned bright and beautiful again and I was happy to be blessed with another great walking day. I ate breakfast and was headed out the door by 7:30 a.m., donned in lightweight clothes, as well as blinders, as I blithely blitzed past the dust bunnies that called out to me as I closed the door. Maybe I’ll tackle them tomorrow, because on this early morn I was going to see the real bunnies and whatever else flora and fauna was waiting for me at Council Point Park. There, I found the usual fellow walkers or joggers as well as furry and feathered friends as I started along the perimeter path. I paused for a brief minute at the fork in the path, pictured above, as I pondered whether I ought to live recklessly and start on the left side instead. Nope – leaving the dust bunnies behind was reckless enough for one day, and, so I let my feet guide me as I entered the trail as usual on the right side. It was very humid and a large gaggle of geese had gathered at the baseball diamond and appeared to be resting quietly between eating gigs as none of them were grazing or even strutting around. By the time I finished the two complete loops, the sun was high in the sky and very bright and it was getting sticky out. The trail was also getting pretty crowded by then as well. There is a runner that I see every weekend and he reminds me of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” character in the movie by the same name. No matter the temperature, he runs in several layers of clothes and always has a wool hat on his head. It makes me warm and worn out just watching him as he huffs and puffs as he goes ‘round and ‘round the Park perimeter path. Another guy ran past me several times as I made my way around the trail and he was tethered to an iPod, or some type of musical device, and had earbuds jammed into his ears. As he flew by, the music was cranked up and I could hear what song was coming from his ears … he, however, was singing so loudly to that music that he was oblivious to everyone and everything happening on the pathway. Besides the usual exercise devotees getting in their morning laps, including dogs, there was alot of activity going on near the more-open portion of the Park. Canopy tents were set up everywhere on the soccer field as well as a huge, authentic-looking teepee and a big metal stand which held eight canoes. I wish I could say they were birch-bark canoes, but they were just made of ordinary red metal. There were many Native Americans on the soccer field as well. I asked one of them what event was taking place and was told it was an American Indian Movement Pow Wow. The field sure was bustling with activity just as I was getting ready to leave and head home. It was getting very hot and humid as I walked up the driveway and I was glad to be heading inside, with no other agenda today, save downing a tall glass of ice-cold chocolate milk and enjoying a welcome sit-down.

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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