… 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!).
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.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂