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Wonderful Walktober Walks

Scene from this morning's walk.
Scene from this morning’s walk.

… the subject of walking is, in some sense, about how we invest universal acts with particular meanings.  Like eating or breathing, it can be invested with wildly different cultural meanings, from the erotic to the spiritual, from the revolutionary to the artistic.

~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Looking for fall colors.  (Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, Snow Hill, MD)
Looking for fall colors. (Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, Snow Hill, MD)

Thank you to everyone who participated in Walktober this year!  I’ve been on some wonderful walks with you all.  I never did get to my beach walk, but did hike the trail at Furnace Town so I’ll use some of the images from that walk to decorate my roundup of your walks.

It was dark in the woods, and most of the autumn color was in the canopy above.
It was dark in the woods, and most of the autumn color was in the canopy above.

Elisa started things off with her posts, Walktober (1), Walktober (2), Walktober (3), Walktober (4), and Walktober (5).  I have trouble describing Elisa’s walks.  They are full of life and thoughts and are almost poetry.  In fact, a comment on one of her walks inspired her to write this beautiful poem.

I did a lot of looking up on this hike.
I did a lot of looking up on this hike.

Sallyann joined in next with an early morning walk home from work, describing it all so well in words and images, taking us from the dark of early morning to sunrise.

Dogwood reds
Dogwood reds

Carol takes us for A Walk Beside the River while on her trip to the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York where we can watch some shorebirds swimming, a barge making its way along the river, and see the beautiful foliage and bark of the trees.

The brilliance of a Bald Cypress.
The brilliance of a Bald Cypress.

Have you heard of Loveland, Ohio?  Well, you have now, and can learn more about it by following Frank as he leads us On a Walktober Town Walk.  I think I’ll settle in at Loveland Sweets for a little while.  Go on ahead.  I’ll join you in a bit.

The softness of a cinnamon fern.
The softness of a cinnamon fern.

When you finish in Loveland, let’s meet up with Dawn and Katie at Katie’s little park.  Dawn was thinking about something more exotic, but Katie is a princess and princesses generally get their way when it comes to these things.  I’m glad she did.  It’s a lovely park, and Katie looks beautiful posed by the pond.  (Katie looks beautiful no matter where she poses.)

Reaching up
Reaching up.

Woodland Gnome takes us on a lovely and peaceful sunset Walk About through her neighborhood where we can walk along a pond, and then get a little exercise climbing the long steep hill back to her house.

Autumn mosaic.
Autumn mosaic.

When you’re feeling rested after the climb up the hill, let’s go see what Nancy is up to at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in her Walk in October.  I had to stop for a while to admire the Winterberry, one of my favorite shrubs.

Climbing high.
Climbing high.

It’s time to head over to Karma’s for a Strolltober where she captured some beautiful sunbeams and lovely fall foliage.  It just goes to show you that a little beauty goes a long way (or a short stroll provides enough beauty to go a long way).

Many arms.
Many arms.

Heather joined the Walktober event by Walking the Weekend Away (which I happen to think is a mighty fine way to spend a weekend!).  She has some stunning shots of the colorful fall foliage in her area.

Branching out.
Branching out.

Last but not least, Eliza’s Walktober takes us to Bullitt Reservation where we can spend time with some impressive grandmother maple trees, and see Atlas holding up the earth (okay, it’s really a Pebble, but wait until you see how big that pebble is!).

Yellows
In the yellows.

Thank you all so very much for participating in another round of Walktober!  I enjoyed each and every walk, especially since this was a day when I didn’t have time to get out and do much walking of my own.  I learned a lot, and met some new people along the way.  I hope you’ll have time to make the rounds, and enjoy at least a few of the other walks.

A look at the trail.
A look at the trail.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

34 thoughts on “Wonderful Walktober Walks

  1. Thank you for hosting our walks Robin! They were all wonderful! So many great places to get out and enjoy. I think we should all get in our cars now and visit each one in person!

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  2. The colour is sublime! I am surrounded by hues of spring greens, so beautiful in such a different way. It is lovely to imagine you walking briskly or otherwise through this gorgeous autumnal foliage while we wander happily through our budding greens..

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I agree. There were some fabulous walks this year. There are fabulous walks every year, but I think a few more people participated this time around. I keep threatening to do a spring walk as well. Maybe next year. 😀

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  3. What a beautiful post, Robin. I love your “looking up” theme, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately, too. So many trees show color from top to bottom. It is a curious thing to watch day to day. So happy to see your golden sun on the trees. Thank you for the compilation post 😉 Best wishes, WG

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    1. You’re welcome, WG. And thank you. 🙂 Our trees are finally showing a bit more color and, most surprising, the weekend wind didn’t blow all the leaves down.

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  4. I had a good time racing through viewings of all of the posts! I am off to the special eye doc this morning as I got a stick in my eye. I’ll come back and view and think again once things are better. I noticed that the link to Woodland Gnome didn’t work, at least in my first scan so …here it is again Walk-about by Garden Gnome

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    1. Thank you, Elisa. I had so many links I was dealing with yesterday. I’m not surprised I messed one up. I’ll fix it now. 🙂

      I hope all goes well with your eye.

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  5. I will definitely visit each walk and have, somewhere in my mind, a post about why it didn’t really happen on my end. Right now I am exhausted from trick or treating and getting ready to start NaNoWriMo. The walks sound great.

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    1. Thank you, Corina. 🙂 I’ve seen some of your comments about your walk that didn’t happen. I’ll be interested to read why if you find time to write a post about it.

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  6. Wonderful Walktober Robin, I seem to do most of my blog reading walking on my way to work (watching out for the odd uneven curb stone or zebra crossing) so I’ll be catching up while actually walking along at the same time. Looking forward to them all. 🙂
    Thanks for being a great host. 😀

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