None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.
Well, here we are. Another Walktober has come and is on its way out. Thank you so much to everyone who participated this year. I’ve not yet done a count and I may not. Numbers are not particularly important to me. I don’t even follow my stats anymore.
I would normally be showing you lots of fall foliage and beautiful walks in the woods or a garden but I think we’ll take a stroll on the boardwalk this year as my walk to accompany the other Walktober walks.
I hope Dawn doesn’t mind… before we begin, I just want to take a moment to remember Princess Katie who, over the past few years, was usually our first walker. I never met Katie, but I miss her and I think she will always be a part of Walktober in spirit. Although this is from last year and not a Walktober walk, it is one of my favorite walks with the Princess: Two looks, one princess. The fall foliage colors are almost as beautiful as Katie.
Our first walker this year is Cathy of Words and Herbs: Walktober 2022. Cathy and old Anouk, who are in Bavaria, take us on “a gentle stroll around the perimeters of the garden.” The colors are beautiful and I was surprised to see so much Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) which is a native here where I live and walk.
Dawn is next and asking the question: Is it time for Walktober already? which is really just an advertisement for Walktober but there are so many beautiful colors and dogs that I thought it should be included. Anyhow. I know just what she means. This year seems to have flown right by and Walktober surprised me, too. (Dawn’s real Walktober walk will be coming up soon. I like to do these in the order they arrived.)
Walking with Monkey is next. Yay, Monkey! I’m so glad you decided to join in. Monkey reminds us that we should always pause to look at squirrels and that there are some things about the scary season that are particularly scary to dogs and other-than-human creatures. Rumor has it that Monkey will be posting occasionally now that he’s figured out how to use his mama’s laptop.
Monkey’s mama is next up with her Walktober 2022. Debbie’s walk this year is in Monticello, Illinois (near Champaign-Urbana) at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center. There are some beautiful sculptures throughout the garden. My favorite was the Fu Dog Garden and the lapis lazuli-colored dogs. I enjoyed looking inside the wall of trees, too.
Let’s join Terri for The Call of Autumn Trails in Eastern Washington State. Terri’s post is relatively short but beautifully captures a little bit of everything autumn and walking. Terri shares more with us here: Sunday Stills: Life is Made Up of Fleeting Moments. Ain’t that the truth?
It’s time to head back to the midwest (in the U.S.) for Dawn’s Walktober 2022, Chippewa Nature Center, Midland Michigan. Her first paragraph made me laugh. There are so many beautiful thoughts and images in Dawn’s post/walk that I think I’m at a loss as to what to say about it. Go on, read and look for yourself, as I expect you’re doing with all the walks — or have already done since I know most of you get ahead of me in that regard. (For those who are new to Walktober, I wait until the deadline has passed and all of the walks are in before I come around to visit.)
We’re going on two walks with Barbara, sunlight before the first frost. In the first walk we are gifted with the beauty of the flowers at Harkness Memorial State Park. In the second, Barbara found some delightful fall colors at the Jordan Village Green.
In Walktober: Walking Toward Our House On The Edge of the Woods, we join Laurie in a short walk down the road and to her house which looks so comfortably nestled into the woods.
I don’t think anyone will complain (referencing something she wrote in the beginning of her post) about Dale and her Walktober 2022 – Parc de la Freyère. There was so much to see including clouds that look like mountains, frolicking water birds, gorgeous fall colors, and some amazing autumn light. But wait until you see all the egrets! And, as frequently happens with Dale’s posts, you’ll find a little music to enjoy.
We are now headed to Portugal! Jo joins us with Jo’s Monday walk: Alface, with Faro a Andar. I think you’ll enjoy the ruins, the flowers, and even the fierce looking men. There’s a treat waiting at the end. (I’m a big fan of having a treat at the end of a good walk!)
This is Eliza’s ninth year joining Walktober with her Walktober 2022. Eliza mentions that this is the best foliage she’s seen in decades. It’s been the same here. I also found, just as Eliza shows us in her beautiful images, that some of the best of it was close to home.
From Flights of the Soul, we find beautiful Transition from full coverage to bare branches.
I think a number of Elisa’s Morning Trip posts might fit the Walktober theme. She submitted Morning Trip 366 with some gorgeous, gorgeous golden-orange-yellow (is there one word for this color?) foliage against a brilliant blue sky. And because I love this so much, here is Morning Trip 367 with the sights and sounds of leaves falling.
That’s a wrap, as they say. Thank you so very much to everyone — old and new — who participated. What do you think? Shall we do it again next year? I think, perhaps, we should. I hosted my first Walktober (which I called a group walk and then the next year used the word “Walktober”) in October 2012 (on my old blog, Life in the Bogs, and that post is Everybody’s walking). The first Walktober I hosted on this blog was in 2013, Walktober. Technically, that makes this year 11 for Walktober, a decade in the making here at Breezes at Dawn.
I mention this every year and there have been no takers so far, but I do think it would be wonderful if someone would host a spring group walk. A May Meander, perhaps? If you decide to do it, please let me know. I’d love to participate.
Please be safe, be well, and take a little time to just Be. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 3,021) Wild cherry trees in autumn. I love the rainbow colors in their leaves. 3,022) Walks with friends. 3,023) The fall foliage this year. It’s been intensely beautiful. 3,024) The blue skies and breezes of October. 3,025) Zeke’s woods. The growth has been amazing. I found lots of mushrooms out there this year, too. I don’t know if that’s a good sign or not, but I’m taking it as one.