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This is it: Walktober!

Little changes, here and there.

For so many people throughout space and time, a walk has been a productive, vibrant way to step away from everyday life and gain a refreshed perspective.  Aristotle and the peripatetic philosophers walked as a way to inquire philosophically and to educate others.  In preparation for his ministry, Jesus walked through the desert for forty days.  The Buddha walked for years before he found enlightenment.  Indigenous Australians memorized and passed down songlines to trace and communicate invisible pathways across the continent, marking their ancestors’ routes and guiding them across a vast continent.  Walkers have walked to gain a sense of place, to improve well-being, to harness attention, to cultivate awareness, to gain new experiences, to explore new territories, to march for freedom, and to express care and devotion for others.


… May we all show up for this magnificent world and its inhabitants as we walk, kissing the very earth with our footsteps.

~ Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, Afoot and Lighthearted: A Journal for Mindful Walking

A path from the past. It doesn’t look nearly this autumn-like here right now. Soon, though. Soon.

This is it.  The Official Walktober Post.  What that means is that this is the post where you leave a link or pingback so I can find your Walktober post for the big round-up at the end.  That also helps others who want to go ahead and follow along early.  As you know, you do not have to walk.  Most of us do, but there might be some reason you are unable to walk.  Or you might prefer a drive or a bicycle ride.  Maybe you want to cruise along on your longboard or paddle out on a kayak.  Whatever your means of locomotion and/or transportation, you are welcome to join in.  The dates for participation are October 3-18th.  If you need more time, let me know.  The rules and dates are loose guidelines.  Otherwise, this might stretch into forever.  I am planning to do the round-up post on October 26th unless someone needs/wants more time.

I’m going to keep this post short so that nobody has to do a lot of scrolling before leaving a link.  I have a longer post lined up for later in the week, and there’s a surprise post coming next week.

On the forest floor.

Thank you so much to everyone who offered suggestions regarding the new block editor and how to get around it.  Thank you for stopping by today, and thank you to everyone participating, past, present, and in the future.

Please be safe, be well, and be kind.

A touch of sunlight, but not yet a touch of autumn on these leaves.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,561)  Walktober officially begins!!  I’m looking forward to your walks/posts.  1,562)  Hints of autumn beginning to show across the tops of the trees.  1,563)  Day 3 of my Seagull Century adventure.  I am doing the metric century (on my bicycle, since this is a bicycle ride).  My mileage as of the morning of day 3 is 28.4 miles, 45.7 km.  I’ll be riding all week, but will probably hit my goal before the end of the week at the rate I’m going.  1,564)  The beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing over the past few days.  1,565)  You.  Thank you, for everything.

From my ride yesterday morning.


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

77 thoughts on “This is it: Walktober!

  1. I have two assignment due dates approaching, one the 19th and the other the 21st, so I won’t participate in Walktober, Robin. I’ll be reading your updates though, and looking forward to your “autumn leaves” posts. 🙂

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    1. I can extend the dates, Joanne, if you want to participate. I usually end up doing so, mostly for myself because it takes time to put together the round-up post.


  2. Yea! Katie has already been on her Walktober (being an overachiever sort of Princess) she just needs to write it. Mama, on the other hand, doesn’t even know where she will go to do her own Walktober. We have covid in the house so things have turned chaotic here. Plus mama’s head hurts. But Katie says she’ll link up to your post soon!


    1. I couldn’t “Like” this comment, Dawn. I like that Katie has done her Walktober, but “covid in the house”!!! Yikes. I hope everyone recovers swiftly and thoroughly.


  3. It’s good to see that you’re continuing with this tradition, Robin. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have anything to offer this year, what I’m working on at the moment is not really in the theme.
    Have fun!

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  4. I would like to participate just not sure how. I will write my walk ‘n talk for this challenge. Thank you for the inspiration – appreciate you and your work! Kathy

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    1. Thank you, and welcome, Kathy. 🙂 Participation is easy. Just post about your walk on your blog, then leave a link here (or you can link to this post in your post and that will leave a pingback here).


  5. Hi Robin. I have admired your blog from a distance for several years and for many reasons. My geographical connection to Maryland (I was born and grew up there, almost right on the Mason-Dixon Line); another reason is my admiration for the poetry and photos you feature; and a third reason is Walktober. I have often thought about participating. I don’t know if my recent trailwalking post qualifies for Walktober, but here it is:

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    1. Hi Carolyn! Thank you so much for joining us. It does indeed qualify. 🙂 I have admired your blog from a distance, too, because of the connection to NE Ohio (I lived there for 13 years before moving to Maryland) and your visits to Holden Arboretum. I miss being able to visit the arboretum, and always appreciate being able to walk along with you when you visit.


      1. Hi Robin. I would love to post another blog from Holden Arboretum and will do, if only I can figure out how to get back to the classic editor. I’m not sure what has happened to WP, but the changes have certainly taken the fun out of blogging for me! Did you say you had figured out how to return to the classic editor? I’m lost! ~Carolyn


  6. Yay! I managed to get a small walk in yesterday with Zeke but that is just in case I can’t do what I really want to this coming weekend. Your Official Walktober post is lovely. I’ll be back to post mine 😉

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  7. I just found you through Laurie’s blog. As it happens, I’ve recently had a nice, interesting walk in a new place. I’ll put a post together, and come back to link it. What a lovely idea this is.

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  8. Robin, thanks so much for coordinating Walktober again. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to coordinate something this large, but you do an outstanding job with it! Just think how many of us never would have “met,” had it not been for our walking posts … as well as how many of us would never have had the chance to “visit” other parts of this beautiful world!! Loved your post, too.

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    1. You’re welcome, and thank you so much, Debbie. 🙂 You mentioned some of the best reasons for why this really isn’t too challenging. It’s so wonderful to be able to meet others and to walk with them, wherever they are in the world.

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  9. Well, Robin. Last year I said it would be my last Walktober walk. I guess it actually was, but little did I know I would be launching Beach Walk Reflections in October. Accidently, perfect timing. Here’s the link to my sample beach walk about “Seeds” that you featured. Besides, seeds is a timely topic for October. …. I hope others stop by Beach Walk Reflections. … Hey, because I’m launching soon, maybe I’ll submit a second one. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome, Natalie, and thank you so much for joining us. I enjoyed both your walk and your ride, and admire the fact that you live without a car. 🙂


  10. I’m just popping back online after an eon away. I’ll probably do a post for this, but it’ll be more of a November-tober walky thing at this rate. 🙂 I appreciate the inspiration though!


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