Let’s walk

Through the archway

Yesterday, in the morning before the rains came, I went for a hike at Quail Hollow State Park.  Photos for today’s post are from that hike.  I hiked 5k, a practice run for tomorrow’s Color Run (which I’ll be walking, as I expect quite a few folks will be doing since it’s not a race but something done for fun).

Found (and left) on the trail

I had a lot of positive responses to the group walk idea the other day.  (I am dreadfully behind in responding to comments, but have been reading them.)  First of all, thank you for responding, and second of all, okay!  Let’s do it.

Is someone leaving clues for us to follow?

The weather clearly is a factor for everyone.  It would be impossible to set a date that we know will be good for all.  Instead, let’s wait out the weather a little while and see what happens.  September or October will probably be our best bets.  Once we see how the weather is going to blow in the autumn months (or spring if you’re in the southern hemisphere), we can narrow it down to a week or so, thereby giving us a choice (or range) of dates.

On the boardwalk through the swamp that was so dry it no longer resembled a swamp.

The length of the walk is also an important factor.  I would like something challenging.  Some of you agree, while others prefer or need a walk that allows them to get out and explore, something of no particular length.  That’s easy too.  Those of us who want a challenge should take on a challenge.  I’m going for a 10k (6.2 miles).  I’m already doing 5 miles a day on most days, and might want to go higher by then, but it’s a good starting point.

If you don’t like the idea of pinning yourself down with mileage, how about setting a time?  Walk for 30 minutes or an hour or longer.  Whatever is good for you.  I think this should be about the walking and the sharing of the walks, not so much the mileage or the time.  After all, it’s your pilgrimage of sorts, too.  What would you like to do?

A name for our group walk would be nice, too.  Anyone have any ideas?  As you can tell from the way I am lax about captioning my photos, I am not particularly good at names.  Or captions.  Shout out some ideas and I’ll put up a poll in a future post and we can all vote on it.

A creek without water. I have seen this creek low, but never dry. Makes me wonder what the animals were doing for water.

I think those are all the details we need to work out for now.  After we all do our walks, I’ll put together a post similar to what Karma does for her photo hunts, summing things up and putting up links for the shared walks.  Thanks again to Karma for the idea.

By the time this post goes out, I’ll be in Columbus picking up my race packet and number for the Color Run.  It should be a blast.  I am going to take my old camera with me on the course.  M will take photos from the sidelines with the good camera.  The old camera, unfortunately, has a speck of dust on the sensor (it wasn’t worth the expense of getting it cleaned), but it will have to do (and I know how to work around The Blob).  No point in taking a chance with the good camera when they start throwing around all that color.

No blog post from me tomorrow (do I hear much rejoicing?  lol!).  I’ll be back on Sunday or Monday with photos from the Color Run.  Have a great weekend!!  Be sure to get out and have some fun.  🙂


44 Comments on “Let’s walk”

  1. Enjoy the Color Run. I look forward to hearing more about the walking group. In the meantime, happy weekend, my friend.

  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Outstanding … and the opening pic invites us in …. and remained my favorite. Enjoy the weekend.

  3. David Hall says:

    Wonderful greens and lighting.

  4. Ellen says:

    september/october work fine for me. It`s the beginning of spring and the trees start to show all their greens and there are colorful flowers and days are longer, I mean, daylight!!

  5. mobius faith says:

    Quail Hollow is a beautiful park. It’s been a year since I’ve been there. I plan on heading down there in the Fall as the trees down there are stunning in Autumn. Your images are wonderful. How interesting that you found those breadcrumbs/clues left by others. Like a story in the making. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Terry. 🙂

      I was thinking of making up a few breadcrumbs of my own to leave next time I go to Quail Hollow. You’re right about the Autumn. It’s incredibly beautiful there when the leaves change color.

  6. Pat Bean says:

    My kind of walk. Thanks for taking me with you.

  7. Anita Mac says:

    Have fun at the colour run! We do it the following weekend in Boston! Can’t wait.

  8. I love the idea of a Group Walk – must have been asleep at the wheel when the idea first came up….
    Enjoy the weekend – hope your weather is as nice as ours!

    • Robin says:

      That’s okay, Marie. I’m frequently that way lately and I don’t have the excuse of an active three-year-old keeping me going all the time.

      Thanks! Hope your weekend was a good one too. 🙂

  9. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. The stone with the Red Riding Hood is cool. What a great idea… leave a special stone whenever you walk a path. Jane

  10. I feel the same about walks as you do. While it’s nice to walk for distance, I would like something a bit more challenging although hard to find in South Jersey. I’m trying to get a group together for the Delaware Water Gap in the fall. Good luck at the race!

    • Robin says:

      That sounds like fun, Teresita. I’ve never really been to the Delaware Water Gap. I think I’ve been through the area on a quick trip, but didn’t stay long enough to explore. I should look into that the next time we go east to visit with family.

      Thanks! 🙂

  11. ehpem says:

    I really like that first photo – the colour of the light goes so well with the green and the exposure is great, nearly a silhouette, but not one.
    I confess to taking a soft artist brush to my sensor to dislodge a sticky bit of dust, followed by a hand squeezed blower to hopefully get it right out of the camera. It worked, but I was pretty nervous doing it.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Ehpem. 🙂

      I thought about trying to clean the camera on my own, but it’s not easily taken apart (it’s a Kodak) so it seemed best to buy a new camera. Somehow the camera, while sitting on a shelf doing nothing for a couple of years, has managed to clean itself. There were no blobs on any of the photos I took over the weekend.

  12. love the mystery of that first shot; very cool!

  13. Karma says:

    Sounds like you’ve got enough of a plan for the group blog walk. It gives us time to choose a place and for how far/how long we’d like to walk. Good luck with your race.

  14. Beautiful “light in the forest” photos, Robin; the arch is stunning!

  15. bikebrown says:

    Great photos. I’m the husband of the other toe shoe wearer at the Color Run.

  16. I’m looking forward to this! Definitely the Fall would be more comfortable, the humidity around here in the summer is just awful. Those painted stones are adorable, I wonder if they mean something, or if they’re just a little decoration that someone decided to leave?

    • Robin says:

      I was wondering that too, Holly. I meant to have a look at the calendar for the park and see if they had something going on for children. It could be part of some summer program or camp. Or maybe someone is just leaving decorated rocks for the fun of it. 🙂

  17. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the walk, my friend! I especially liked the Little Red Riding Hood stone. What a find!

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy. 🙂 I was thrilled to find the stones. I’m going to paint one of my own and leave it out there the next time I hike.

  18. Robin…speaking of the camino….this post just arrived in my email in box…someone who is about to start it, a blogger I follow http://thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/living-on-the-edge/

  19. Dana says:

    Hey Robin– the Color Walk sounds like so much fun! If the group walk takes place in later September or October, I’m totally game. Can’t manage much in the way of “fun stuff” right now, but once the season wraps up, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      It looks like it will be around that time, Dana. We’re waiting for the weather to cool off, and the way things are going, it might be November. 😉

  20. […] you’re not sure what I’m going on about, see this post.  Basically, take a walk during the dates we decide on, blog about it, and I’ll write up a […]

  21. dearrosie says:

    Hi Robin, I came on over to see what you were talking about. I love the idea of a group walk. I’m in.
    I like your two shots of the same grove of trees from different sides.

    • Robin says:

      Hi Rosie. Sorry it took me so long to answer your comment. It’s been a busy week or so. Glad to hear you’re going to join us on the group walk. Yay! 🙂

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