With the closing of our pool four days ago – hey, I made it to October 30 even though I couldn’t actually swim the last day because the water was so cold – I have to look for other ways to exercise. I can feel my body settling without doing something active every day. So I’ve decided to alternate walking with going to the gym.
Today I took my first walk, with our dog Angel. Because I have not been doing long walks, I decided to begin with a relatively short jaunt down our steep, long, twisty driveway, across the road, and down a ways to a trail that winds through the woods, created by the Triangle Land Conservancy.
Angel was ecstatic since the walk presented her with a smorgasbord of odors and things to explore, not to mention the chance to pee five hundred times on top of whatever had been left by other dogs on the trail. She maybe 13 years of old (that’s 91 in dog years), but she has more energy than I do and practically dragged me along, wrapping herself around my legs several times. The trail was very faint, covered with leaves, but she managed to find our way.
There is a bench about halfway along that overlooks the creek, and at that point we headed back to the road to walk back to our driveway. I took a picture of the creek from the bridge at the bottom of the drive – we are just past peak color this weekend.
Then it was the long, steep climb back up to the house, which I wish was at the beginning of the walk and not the end! Angel is taking a long nap his afternoon.