Monday, February 16, 2009

A walk on a winter day...

Instead of logging into my computer this morning first thing, I went for a walk. The air was brisk and I immediately realized I should have worn my hat. But did I go back for it? Nooo! of course not! I am a Minnesotan, I can take a little cold. As long as it is not below zero, I figured I was good.

It really felt good to be out walking this morning. I used to walk daily at the Springbrook Nature Center when I lived in Fridley. But, after I moved I didn't have a comparable place to walk and so I stopped. Well that was two moves ago and now I live in Plymouth. There are a wealth of places to walk here, but I had gotten out of the habit. It is past time to change that, thus my walk this morning.

I live up on a hill and near the bottom there is a path that goes through a wooded section that comes back up the hill through the trees. That was to be my route today and I did fine coming down the hill. But, when I got on the path I discovered there was a lot of ice built up on it. It is still winter! I walked in for a bit, hoping that the entire trail wasn't covered. I even walked on the grass on the side hoping for better traction, but slipped immediately and decided that wasn't a wise course. I backtracked and went back up the hill the way I had come down. It wasn't as scenic, but I got some exercise and that was what was most important.

I also realized that even as a Minnesotan, 20 degrees is still damn cold and next time I will wear my hat.


Blogger Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

That looks like a great place for a walk! Please please be careful out there in the snow and ice, you don't need to get hurt!

I've had a hectic day, I hope yours was better.

February 16, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Angel said...

Thanks for posting about your lovely walk--do you use a walking stick?

February 17, 2009 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger azsky13 said...

Elizabeth, When I slipped on the grass, I knew it was a bad idea and turned around. I will wait until the ice melts before trying that trail again.

Angel, I do have a walking stick but I seldom use it. I go mostly on trails so it isn't necessary. But,as I am getting older I should probably think about it. The walking stick is from an apple tree on my parents farm that was damaged in a storm. My father cut it off a fallen branch for me. I have had it for years. It is funny you should ask about it as I came across it just a couple of days ago.

February 17, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

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