“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Today is the 10th anniversary of my walking regimen that I began on Friday, September 2, 2011, the gateway to the Labor Day weekend. I had finished up watering and puttering around in the yard, and, though it was hot and muggy, I decided if I was going to continue to work from home, I needed more exercise than just gardening or going to the grocery store. I was concerned for my health, as I was parked in front of the computer way too many hours and this was long before blogging became such a big part of my life, logging lots of additional online time.

Heart problems run in the family on my mom’s side – my grandmother and seven of her eight siblings died of heart disease and my mom had a heart arrhythmia …

… so, I knew I had to begin an exercise regimen sooner, rather than later, besides just my exercise bike, which use had dwindled in the warmer months. I had tried to start a walking regimen a couple of times in late Fall while still working on site, usually after all the leaves were down and putting the yard “to bed” in late October. So, I already had a sturdy pair of walking shoes, but I really only walked on a few weekends back then, as the snow arrived and the ritual fell by the wayside. So, this time I aimed to make walking a daily habit … how tough could that be anyway?

I went into the house, slipped off my garden boots and swapped them for a pair of socks and those aforesaid walking shoes.

And, so it began … just one City block on my street at first, then building up one block at a time, one day at a time, until I found a route and stuck with it. I didn’t want to risk shin splints, so I walked at a slow-to-moderate pace at first.

I bought a pedometer to begin tracking my steps and I am still using that same pedometer. Next, I bought some cushioned Thorlos walking socks to give me an added bounce to my step. I was happy to be doing something heart smart.

My morning meanders took me to the footbridge over the Ecorse Creek and back. That yielded 2 ½ miles of steps and I began jotting down my daily mileage. I walked the same route through the neighborhoods, down tree-lined Emmons Boulevard where I watched homeowners’ harvest décor go up, leaves turning jewel-toned colors, then crunching under my heavy walking shoes. Soon it was Halloween and I was amused by squirrels ravaging cornstalks and chomping on pumpkin displays. Christmas wreaths soon adorned front doors and sometimes, in the early morning, holiday lights still twinkled merrily, cheering my march down the Boulevard. The Winter of 2011-2012 was kind to me, with few snowfalls. It was serendipity that I discovered Council Point Park in April 2013, and, as longtime readers know, that is my go-to spot and favorite nature nook of all.

The neighborhood gives me a chance to hear the birds singing, or splashing away in the puddles from potholes, or in the street from all the rain and I get to see and smell the flowers along the way.

So, here I am, ten years later, still savoring my morning ritual, though admittedly, this Summer it has been increasingly tough to stay motivated. In past Summers when the temps and humidity were over-the-top oppressive, I walked the perimeter at Meijer grocery store multiple times to get my steps in. It felt great walking in the air-conditioned store and I’d wave hello to the clerks in the produce section as I ambled along the apples and sashayed past the string beans. On horribly hot mornings, I hung out in the frozen section initially to quickly cool off. This Summer, however, my Meijer store is undergoing a massive remodeling effort and it’s a little topsy-turvy there, so I’ve just dealt with the weather and grumbled about it … a lot.

Last week we had heat indices in triple digits every afternoon and the humidity, dew points and temps were oppressive. It’s been wicked some mornings, but I just go out, since soon enough there will be ice, snow and bitter cold to contend with. As you know, I savored the coolish mornings by escaping on excursions, but those mornings were few and far between. We’ve had many rainy days that spoiled a walk since mid-June. I am no fan of walking in the rain, having taken the bus to and from downtown to work and to school for three decades, where I had no choice, but to deal with the elements. I’ll walk if it’s misty, but raindrops falling on my head don’t thrill me, even if they are followed by a rainbow.

I am hanging in there and still hoping to reach my goal of 1,256 miles (2021 kilometers) by December 31st. To that end, I have been walking five to six miles daily, but I realize the later sunrise will be problematic by the end of September, then black ice, followed by snow and ice, will be my enemy. I am currently at 908 miles (1,461 kilometers). Yay me …though I’d probably have gleaned more miles had I not stopped to visit with the squirrels or take pictures of fun and fantastic chalk art along the way.

This post’s title was a quote and I will end the post with a quote:

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

About Linda Schaub

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, so 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 four 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, though 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. - Linda Schaub
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76 Responses to “Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. Sandra J says:

    Congratulations Linda, you inspire me to keep going as well. 🙂

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  2. The journey is the prize,not the ending.

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  3. That’s wonderful that you know exactly when you started. You have done very well, and you really do rack up the miles.

    We’ve walked only 316 miles this year. Today we went all the way to the creek, and Sadie went, too. I think she has decided to live life without $. She is going to be so excited tomorrow when he comes home.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I do remember the exact day … it was a hot day too, like we’ve had most of the Summer. I did my daily walk to the footbridge over the same Ecorse Creek I see at Council Point Park and got to know all the people up and down Emmons Boulevard by the time it became my regular route. On occasion, usually a weekend, I’d cross the double set of railroad tracks and go to the marina down by the Detroit River adding more steps. Then I discovered the Park and that changed everything. You’ve walked a lot of miles – you are walking for enjoyment. I am too, but when I upped the mileage, when challenged by a fellow blogger, it increased my goal miles a lot, not good with all the erratic weather we now have.

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    Kudos Linda for keeping your commitment. I’m sure your health has benefitted from this and we your readers do as well. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Ruth – I have often said that walking was the best thing I ever did for myself because it was not only beneficial to my health, but because of the walking, I began blogging. My friend encouraged me to start it because I would tell her what I saw every day. Thank you for saying that Ruth – I hope to never disappoint and right now I know I will not run out of posts and photos to share. I have a lot of photos and notes to create posts thru October by the looks of it.

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  5. Prior... says:

    Happy ten year anniversary
    Love how you connected the chalk art and the bookended quote made for seamless flow

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Yvette. A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger commented on my blog using the quote I used as a title and I told myself (and her), I would use it for my walking anniversary. That was some fun chalk art and I have more chalk art to share, also very fun and creative artwork.

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      • Prior... says:

        I watched lord of the rings back in 2005 and up until hat time I never really watched any TV! It was really fun to watch the series of lord of the rings shows back then yet I don’t recall much – and your snippets here make me want to dive in again at some point –
        Well
        Cheers to the start of the next decade of walking and getting to the 2021K goal!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I have actually not read any of the Lord of the Rings series or watched it Yvette, but, I heard or read the quote one time on “National Walking Day” and somewhere I used it before in my blog. Recently, a fellow blogger and I were discussing how I got lost going to the sunflower festival, but my drive in the country had me reliving old memories of Sunday drives with my parents as a kid and I discovered another Metropark that day. She used the quote in her comment and I told myself I’d use it for my anniversary post. I did not watch TV for over a decade, then after getting Amazon Prime, I was exploring their vast assortment of programs Christmas Day 2020 when I could not get into a book I bought. I found “Mad Men” which I knew I’d enjoy as I worked in an ad agency right out of college.
        I just finished it last week – loved it. Watched two episodes a week. I hope I make it to 1,256 miles … if so, I’ll add another mile for 2022. It will be 2,022 kilometers like the year 2022.

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      • Prior... says:

        Folks keep telling me I might enjoy mad men the show and maybe I’ll watch it in 2022??
        Glad you liked it

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I thought it was excellent Yvette, but I will tell you that I mentioned I was watching it to two fellow bloggers, both which said “oh, I’ve heard it is very demeaning to women.” I will admit that is true. You are younger than me, but there were a lot of things I remember from the era of Mad Men (60s/early 70s) and women were pretty much “the little housewife” or “the secretary”; in fact, I worked in the creative department of an ad agency (Young & Rubicam) from June 1978 to January 1980 and the atmosphere was casual, risque, anything goes and very demeaning to women, if not your equal to be honest. I have to admit I was not treated like that, but I had a mentor who was trying to help me get a junior copywriting position, so I did not feel demeaned. Matthew Weiner was the screenwriter/producer of Mad Men (also acclaimed for his work on The Sopranos). The detail in reproducing the era, one that I remember as to clothing, hairstyles, pop culture, right down to the music, television programs was amazing. I enjoyed it very much and hated for it to end.

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      • Prior... says:

        thanks for sharing that and yes – those were the times of seriously questionable work behavior –
        things are not perfect but to quote the old cigarette ad (and to fit in with the mad men as agency vibe)
        “we’ve come a long way baby”

        hahah

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Coincidentally that ad for “Virginia Slims” cigarettes is in one segment of the show Yvette. Oh yes – questionable behavior indeed. In 1978 – 1980, I can recall instances of a shapely secretary and also another one who was quite buxom. The shapely secretary walking down the hall in the Creative Department and hearing wolf whistles or the sentence “will you come back and let us watch you walk away again?” They’d ring the one girl’s phone on the opposite side of the office, so she would go “bouncing” down the hall. Many things that surely would certainly not fly in today’s more PC office environment.

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      • Prior... says:

        That is cool that the ad made it into the show for
        I will try and watch some episodes maybe in 2022 (hard to think of even planing for that year but we are down to four months left in this year – which is crazy)

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Time is marching on too quickly Yvette. After Labor Day is over, it’s all downhill from there!

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      • Prior... says:

        well i hope downhill from there did not mean a bad thing? because hopefully some beautiful weeks are ahead in this four months left for true year

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        No, I guess it sounded pretty dire the way I wrote that didn’t it? I mean headed toward the chillier/colder time of year and away from Summer. I got some photos of some sunflowers during the last week and they reminded it took them all Summer to get that height and signaled the end of Summer. These homeowners live near a corner, have a triple, triangular-shaped lot and had a veggie garden, so I guess they figured might as well plant those sunflowers while they’re growing produce. They had little maintenance as to watering, as Mother Nature took care of that.

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi – I still need to show you the sunflower photo I took earlier in summer – and now that I read your comment I realized that I did not see may sunflowers in August – wow – hardly any
        – and did I mention that the ones I planted did not even sprout? Maybe the seeds were bad – or maybe it was too hot when I sowed them – or they were possibly eaten ? ha ha

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know my first attempt at sunflowers was abysmal – I did have the tall Russian Mammoth and some in pots on wheels that the goldfinch liked, but other than that … nothing. I found some in the neighborhood and will feature them this week. But they aren’t my own and I guess I should be forthcoming about that, but it will be for Wordless Wednesday, so I can’t ‘fess up too awfully much. 🙂

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      • Prior... says:

        Well I looo forward to the post 🌻🌻🌻

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It will be this Wednesday Yvette – I did it before I got here. I was going to entitle the post “Sunflower Faces” but at the last minute changed my mind and went with a different idea instead.

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh now I am excited to check it out
        And don’t forget (as I am sure you know and already do) but you can always reveal inf in the comment sections on your wordless posts
        😉

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I have done that too, sneaked/snuck (hmm) in a little tidbit or two or checked in the early a.m. to see if someone comments, then add some info there. 🙂

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  6. Sarah Davis says:

    Good for you!
    As a dog owner who does longer walks in the early morning and after work, I love the routine, but dread the dark, cold and ice.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know, Sarah and I’m calculating just how many weeks I can count on walking without fear of black ice, or slippery leaves covering black ice before Winter settles in. I used to catch the bus for work when I worked on site downtown and wiped out a few times on the ice. I’ve not walked in the dark since working from home in 2011 and I have to say I don’t miss it.

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      • Sarah Davis says:

        I’m a summer girl. Already mourning the shorter days and the nip in the morning air.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I know I’ve complained about the heat plenty this Summer, but at least you can make plans easier. I’m a weather worrier. 🙂

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      • Sarah Davis says:

        I think we similar. Most of my worried are in the spring when I become the potential tornado tracker. It is fear disguised as fascination.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Sarah – I went to see where you lived, but did not see that info. I was not always a weather worrier, but since the weather is erratic 90% of the time and due to walking, I am almost obsessed with the weather. I follow about four meteorologists daily. 🙂 They don’t always agree with one another either. Here in Michigan, we do get tornadoes and derechos and our tornado season is supposedly passed (April to July), but these heat spikes have caused volatile weather over and over again. This week has been beautiful – coolish, calm and low humidity, like the Summer days I remember when I was younger.

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      • Sarah Davis says:

        I’m in Tennessee

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I loved visiting Tennessee a few years back Sarah. My mom and I went through some Southern states – Tennessee was my favorite state. All friendly people. Kentucky was my next favorite, especially since we visited Kentucky Horse Park, right after the Kentucky Derby and there were several new foals. Very enjoyable day. I worked with Southern coworkers at the diner where I worked through college and found them to be the kindest and most personable people I’ve ever met. Every one of them hailed from down South and we had many customers from down South who moved to Michigan to work in the auto industry. They came into Carter’s to talk about and reminisce about “back home”.

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      • Sarah Davis says:

        Glad you enjoyed your trip a few years ago. Yes, there have been many Southern migrations North. When I lived in DC, I would go to Baltimore regularly. I was fascinated by the people that had a odd variation of the Appalachian accent. Families had migrated to wrk the navel yards and the younger generations tried to keep the family accent.

        I am a native Kentuckian and go home often as the farm, family and horse are there. My house and job are in Tennessee. One day I will move home.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        We had the nicest neighbor back in the late 80s Sarah … Jim was from Kentucky and was the kindest person you could meet. I was sad when his wife decided she wanted to move away. I don’t blame you for returning permanently one day. My father moved us here from Canada in 1966 – my mom kept her Canadian accent and idioms, but in sixth grade, my first year of school, classmates AND the teacher laughed at how I spoke, from the accent to the pronunciation of words. It was a tough time. I tried very hard not to use Canadian words and not be different … I am still a Canadian citizen, though I’ve only been been back to Canada once since my grandmother passed away in 1986.

        Accents are fascinating. The employees at the diner came from different parts of the South and had different dialects, as far as I could tell, though I don’t believe they knew that.

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      • Sarah Davis says:

        Yeah, we Southerners can hear the difference in accents. I love the Memphis, Delta and costal Alabama accents.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My boss and his wife at the diner came from Alabama – not sure what part. But when they all would be talking together it was noticeable.

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  7. Joni says:

    Congratulations Linda! What an accomplishment! I agree it has not been the best summer for walking, and today had that fall feeling to it that makes me feel sad about what’s ahead. Loved the chalk art! I wish I could walk as far as you, but have to be content with what I can do, which most days is just half an hour around the neighbourhood.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Joni and that Fall feeling in the air makes me want to walk even more – not only because it feels better than the heat and humidity that saps your energy, but, like you, I know what’s ahead (and what I still need to accomplish before the ugly/dangerous walking weather arrives). I did walk in the neighborhood the first two years until I discovered Council Point Park in 2013. I actually got to know a lot of people along my route – they’d wave as they sipped coffee on their front porch, or there were several dog walkers that I routinely crossed paths with and various mail carriers too. I have another group of chalk art photos to share- very colorful too. I saw these in July and knew they would go with this post perfectly!

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  8. Rebecca says:

    I admire the way you have stuck with it and enjoyed the journey along the way.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Rebecca – it is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself as walking caused me to begin a blog after telling my friend daily about what I saw along the way and her urging me to do so, plus a renewed interest in photography. There is joy in this journey.

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  9. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………….congratulations on your 10 year walking regimen………………….I love the Tolkien quotes that you chose………………….uplifting!…………………….

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  11. restlessjo says:

    Where do you live, Linda? Sounds horrific, apart from the Fall colours. But then, I moved from the chilly north east of England to Portugal’s southern coast following the sun. You can have too much of a good thing though. Congrats on the walking. It’s something I do a lot of too, but not so much in summer.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Hi restlessjo – I live in Southeast Michigan, about 15 miles from Detroit. I am Canadian and lived in Canada until I was 10 years old, then my father transferred to the States. I am still a Canadian citizen but have lived here 55 years. The southern coast of Portugal sound perfect to me. I have a friend who despised Michigan Winters, so he researched the place in the U.S. that has the most sunny days per year – that is Las Cruces, New Mexico. He and his wife retired and moved there five years ago. I am envious. No snow or ice and even though they have triple-digit temps, there is zero humidity. We have had a very hot/humid and stormy Summer and I am grateful to head into Fall, even if it means the dreaded snow/ice and curtails my walking regimen.

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      • restlessjo says:

        I’ve met a couple of Canadians including a lovely blogger who came to meet me here in Tavira. She loves her home but shared the dream of a place in the sun. So much has been put on hold since Covid. We can but be grateful for this lovely country we now call home. 🤗💕

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes restlessjo – this is true. A fellow blogger was set to visit Portugal with her husband last Summer (2020) and cancelled due to Covid. She and her husband are both retired, about the same age as me (65) and they were in Spain in 2019 on a special walk and decided to make this trip to Portugal. Laurie was studying Portuguese after they returned from Spain. I wish I could remember the name of the event … they walked/hiked with others in a group for a week, going from small town to town and stopping to eat in small places in each town and they really enjoyed it. They are both avid runners and will be going to London with friends next month to participate in the London Marathon. They and their friends each entered but the Marathon only has so many participants and not all their requests to run were granted, so only two of them will participate.

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      • restlessjo says:

        The Camino? There are several routes and starting points, all ending in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes – that is it! I figured you would know – they participated in one week of it. They decided to go to Portugal after that trip. They are still hoping to go to Portugal one day. They enjoy traveling and just returned from a trip to Alaska. I visited Spain in 1974 with friends of the family. The woman was born and raised in Spain so there was no language barrier – we stayed with her family then traveled up/down the coast. I enjoyed it very much.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Now that I know the key word is “Camino” I was able to search for Laurie’s post about the walk – it is below. She must have mentioned going to Portugal in a later post or maybe a comment to me. We often compare notes on our exercise regimens because I have my walking goal and Laurie has a running goal – she and husband Bill run a lot of marathons during the year. Thanks for helping me out Jo. 🙂
        https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/first-we-walked-then-we-played/

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  12. Amorina Rose says:

    Great post. We have to start somewhere.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Barbara – it was baby steps in the very beginning to get going. My walking regimen is the best thing I have done for myself as it got me started blogging about my walks and a renewed interest in photography. I hope to be going on walks for a long time.

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  13. I enjoyed reading the history of your walking experiences, Linda. Congratulations on sticking with it for 10 years! I would never have thought to walk the perimeter of a grocery store multiple times to get my steps in. Love the Tolkien poem. Being a bit agoraphobic the Tolkien words I often quote are, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 🙂 I admire your ability to walk on your own. I’ve always needed a companion.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Barbara. Likely many followers did not know the reason I began and thought I just liked to walk. I still sit too many hours and am trying to remedy that, but it is difficult as long as I am still working from home as I just have no reason to get up, like to do things in the office … everything is just steps away (it’s a small house and I work at the kitchen table). I like your quote as well. I don’t picture you as being agoraphobic on your photography expeditions in the woods or the beach. It does not bother me walking on my own – I do my best thinking that way and enjoy more around me, especially on longer treks on weekends. But there are places that I would like to walk where I won’t go as I don’t want to drive there or early morning/at night, so that limitation is not so great. I like walking in the grocery store – it is big like a Walmart, but right now it is a challenge due to the remodeling.

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  14. This is the first time I’m learning how you started your waking journey! It all started with swapping shoes and going around the block.
    Keep going and hope you reach your goal. Along those miles, you’ve become a squirrel whisperer, gosling rescue tactic team, and bird paparazzi among others. 🌻🌻♥️♥️

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it started off small and I built it up. Baby steps. One time it was a gorgeous Fall day and I walked an extra four or so miles and had shin splints so bad the next day that I had to stop walking for a good week, so I never will make that mistake again. I love this comment and how you describe me … I’ve saved it to use in my blog down the road (pardon the pun).

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  15. What a device that lasts 10 years! I bet they don’t make pedometers like that today. Congratulations on getting closer to your goal. I wish I had your commitment!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Diane – it is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. When I started my walking, I decided I should get a pedometer. The ones I saw at Meijer (which is like a slightly scaled-down Walmart) had some but they looked flimsy. So I Googled and found Omron (the company that makes the blood pressure monitors) made several models and I got the one with the best reviews. They stopped making that model and I don’t know why, but found that out when I recommended it to others beginning a walking regimen, but didn’t want to invest in a Fitbit. I change the battery once a year, that’s it.

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  16. Dave says:

    The evolution of your daily walking regimen reminded me of my sister-in-law, who could hardly run a block. But one day she did. Then two blocks, then three. Then a mile. Soon after, she entered a 5K race. Now, five years and many races later, she’s qualified to run in the Boston Marathon and will do so next month. It’s remarkable what persistence (and patience!) can do if we want something bad enough.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That is an amazing journey Dave and in only five years – that is quite a feat because it is difficult to qualify for the Boston Marathon. She should feel very proud to reach that pinnacle in her running regimen. Walking has been the best thing I’ve done for myself and I’m sure your sister-in-law feels the same way about running.

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  17. bekitschig says:

    A beautiful Linda!

    There has to be time for squirrels! Even if you maybe not reach the perfect goal, you still achieved a great score this year!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Jeanine. I know – I will always make time for squirrels … they make my morning brighter with their antics. But … in my post tomorrow, I’ll be saying how I did not see a single squirrel yesterday. I scheduled the post already or I would add I saw just a few this morning. It is those hawks that are cruising overhead I think that is making them hide as it was a beautiful weekend. Thank you – I only add one more mile to each year’s goal but a fellow blogger challenged me to do 2,020 kilometers for the year 2020, so that was a lot more than I usually walk (almost 100 miles), so I should have left well enough alone! I walked 12 miles this weekend, and I hope to reach 1,000 miles/1,609 kilometers by the first day of Fall. Hopefully anyway. Rain might hamper that goal.

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      • bekitschig says:

        We actually took time to feed the squirrels today. I haven’t made the time in a while … Damn hawks, but I guess they just follow their nature, too

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, the circle of life, hard as it is for nature lovers to embrace. There are a couple of walkers at the Park, never saw them before and they are bringing a bag of peanuts with them and told me this morning “we love feeding the squirrels!” I hope the couple stays through the Winter as I don’t always get down there if it is icy or snowy, except weekends when I can leave later when the ice and snow is melted.

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