Me, myself and I + one.

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Today began a new era for this wanderer – I have a walking partner besides just my shadow.

My friend and neighbor Marge’s daughter has just returned to Michigan after spending a year and a half in Phoenix where the warm and sunny days make it easy to enjoy a year-round walking regimen.

Kim was born and raised in Michigan, so she is familiar with the Winters here in “The Mitten”. After she settled in, she was eager to resume her walking regimen before having to start from square one again in the Spring to avoid shin splints from overdoing it.

So, off we went … two souls, traversing the snowy streets and braving the cold to get a little exercise, when we both could have been fast asleep in our cozy beds in our respective homes.

Yesterday’s post reflected how the signs of Spring, and even Summer, were lurking in the aisles at Meijer. Just the sight of the bright-yellow and green Miracle-Gro canisters and the Burpee burpless cuke seed packages had me hankering for the long, sun-filled days of Summer. In reality, these Summery items taunt us since unfortunately here we are simply existing day-to-day, immersed in a snowy and frigid February.

I was eager to show Kim my favorite walking place, so as we headed out with no particular destination in mind, we decided Council Point Park was a good choice. Sadly, our trip there, however, was a reminder of how the Winter languishes on and the Park was looking a little unloved and not so accommodating for its visitors.

For all our efforts, after picking our way around the neighborhood’s slick ice, pitted sidewalks and slushy streets, we were greeted by huge masses of snow, but, undaunted by all those frozen crystals, we looked at one another and said “let’s do it” – so, in tandem we marched on, high-steppin’ over nearly two-foot high snow piles where the wind had swirled and whirled the white stuff into snow dunes.

I figured at least the parking lot would be plowed and we could walk some loops there, unencumbered by snowdrifts, ice or cars … but the parking lot had a plethora of snow too.

It was very pretty, but not so practical for walking. Well, silly us, because we thought it would be very easy to follow the footsteps of those who tread there before us. Well, we were sadly mistaken. The longer we walked in the deep snow, where the trail would usually be, the harder the journey became, and we were getting winded (especially yours truly … ahem … the more senior of the duo).

We ended up surrendering and turning around, to double-back over our same tracks made just a few minutes earlier, muttering from frozen lips that we wouldn’t make that mistake again any time soon. “See ya in March or April” I called out as we huffed and puffed, clambering over the remaining high snow banks, before we eventually headed home. While we await better weather, pictured above is my collage of the gateway to Council Point Park during each of the four seasons. I’m even ready for the onslaught of dandelions. Well, a few more calendar pages to turn, and days to “X” out and suddenly we’re there.

We managed to rack up three miles and came home needing to have a second breakfast, and maybe even a nap, before accomplishing anything meaningful on our respective Saturday agendas.

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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2 Responses to Me, myself and I + one.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I loved your pictures. The fall was most colorful but I must say I loved the summer too. I think both of you needed a power nap. Come back when the snow has melted.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      For sure – I figured we could walk to the Park and just walk around the parking lot — they have been plowing it and figured a few loops around there would have been a good start but there was just too much snow. I didn’t even realize that Kim had the bag of critter treats ’til we got to the Park, because we could not walk side-by-side on the neighborhood sidewalks as they were so icy, so she was following me … we should have gone to the Harrison Street Bridge and seen if the ducks were there – I just figured the streets were still bad and sidewalks icy so never thought of going that route. That is the next destination. Was mad we both believed the weatherman that it was going to freezing rain last night and into the morning…

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