Where does it start? Muscles tense. One leg a pillar, holding the body upright between the earth and sky. The other a pendulum, swinging from behind. Heel touches down. The whole weight of the body rolls forward onto the ball of the foot. The big toe pushes off, and the delicately balanced weight of the body shifts again. The legs reverse position. It starts with a step and then another step and then another that add up like taps on a drum to a rhythm, the rhythm of walking.
~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
I’m currently reading Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and I thought the opening paragraph from the book was a good way to start off this post. Walking is such a fascinating thing to me. The way we manage to balance on two legs and propel ourselves forwards, backwards, or sideways, without falling down (generally) is amazing. We take it for granted, I think, and look at it as something we simply do. But if you watch a child learning to walk, you can see how complicated walking really is. Fighting gravity is tough work, and requires evenness and tension between falling and staying upright.
Let’s get to our Walktober event, shall we? Dawn over at Change Is Hard was the first to participate with her Walktober walk. She decided on her favorite four-mile running route, but then changed her mind and decided to hike cross country in search of a pond and a windmill. It was hard for me to pick a favorite part of Dawn’s walk. She found lovely colors, a wooly bear, an old stone fence, and more.
Frank, from A Frank Angle, was next taking us On a Fall Walk through his neighborhood. He found some beautiful color as well as some lovely roses, interesting human creations and decorations, and a stunning Japanese Maple. Again, I had trouble picking a favorite because it was a wonderful walk.
On the other side of The Pond, Sallyann of Photographic Memories brought us along on a Secluded Saturday stroll with Little Sister and Eldest Daughter on some of the quiet streets of Oxford. It is such a lovely walk, I’m not sure where to start. I do know I’d love to spend some time sitting on one of the benches pictured through the gates of the church. Or perhaps just wandering the cobblestone streets.
Thank you Dawn, Frank, and Sallyann for participating. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk along with you in your part of the world.
Thank you all for stopping by today. I do hope you clicked on the links and took a walk with Dawn, Frank, and Sallyann. If not, what are you waiting for? There’s not much else to see here. It is cloudy, rainy, and chilly at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch today. They say we might see some sunshine later. Even so, the cold front that brought us rain (and brought snow to others in U.S.) will be causing the temperature to continue to drop. I’ll be bundling up for my walks over the next week or so.
Photos in this post, by the way, are from my Walktober walk at the Pocomoke River State Park this past Sunday.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂