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Walktober delights

Shall we do this again next year? (A sign on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD on a misty day.)

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.

~ Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

An afternoon stroll.  (Is it me or does this pigeon look like she’s on a mission?)

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.

Off season. There were more than a few people out on this misty, cloudy day but except for one or two folks, they always seemed to be off in the distance.

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.

There are other walkers WAY down there.

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.)

It was so gloomy at times that the lights would come on.

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.

Approaching Jolly Roger at the Pier (amusement park) and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

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.)

Lots of pigeons and gulls in this area. I didn’t catch the shot in time to get them when they were all in the air and flying over my head.

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.

We’ve nearly reached one end of the boardwalk (heading towards the Inlet).

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!)

Ocean City Life Saving Museum.

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.

View of the inlet from one end of the boardwalk.

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.

Let’s end with a little fall foliage and my favorite hiking partner. This was taken in Zeke’s woods which, as you can see, are really becoming a forest now.  (If you’re new here, the short story is that we allowed some of the acreage to grow as it would, trees popping up all over the place.  Over the past several years, it’s grown into a forest.)

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.  ♥

Wild cherry in autumn.

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.

Nearing the end of the season.
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26 thoughts on “Walktober delights

  1. What a wonderful round-up, Robin, and thank you for hosting all these years. If it wasn’t for Dawn, I might have missed this. I miss little Katie, too! I truly felt Dawn K’s pain as I lost my own sweet Aero as you now know Oct 5, and though I miss him, I know he is with his brother doing their morning howl in Heaven. No doubt he and Katie have already met–they were about the same size. I like the idea of May Meander but I already host my weekly challenge. I will be back to read the others’ posts!

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    1. Thank you, Terri, for joining in and for stopping by for the round-up. I’m so sorry about Aero. We lost two granddogs (which I know is not quite the same) over the past few years and I miss them. I like to picture them all romping around with each other. Maybe Bo, who went first, has had a chance to get to know Katie by now. 🙂

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  2. What a perfect recap, Robin. I love your two last images. Everyone’s walks were wonderful to see, as well.
    Definitely next year!
    As for Spring… Hmmm… will think about it 😉

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  3. Walktober has caught me by surprise! I just posted a piece about a recent trip to Vancouver Island in British Columbia filled with references to walking and wandering…your beautiful quote says it all and yes, I’ll also be returning to enjoy the other lovely walks you’ve mentioned, Robin.

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  4. That wild cherry shot is glorious, Robin. I need to bookmark this so I can visit everyone later. November is my birthday month and full of good things. I wish you the same, and thanks for sharing.

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  5. Robin, thanks again for hosting Walktober. I always look forward to it, seeing beautiful parts of our amazing planet. “Armchair traveling” — sums it up perfectly. I loved your walk along the boardwalk, too. Photos from cloudy days often seem to POP, compared to those taken when the sun is brightly shining. YES, please, let’s do it again next year. And I, too, would love seeing walks in Spring/Summer, when things are blooming and the earth is greening. Not that I’m volunteering or anything, ha!

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    1. You’re welcome, and thank you, Debbie. 🙂 You’re right about the colors and cloudy days. It’s particularly nice when the clouds are dark and gloomy. The colors seems to try hard to make up for that.

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  6. Thank you for rounding up all these walks so nicely Robin. I enjoyed them all, and your own too. It is so lovely to see how people across the miles are all enjoying autumn. 😃

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  7. This morning I was meandering through old posts of mine when I realized I never really read this one…even though I love the Walktobers so much. This year was hard for me. Still is, I guess. Even now I haven’t gone back to read about everyone’s walk….but I want to thank you for including Katie, she so loved doing her Walktober, she looked forward to it and to trying to beat everyone else’s post. She loved being the center of attention and I know she’s just grinning to think you thought of her. Thank you so much for that.

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