Accepting and exceeding a challenge
Last week my local blogger friend, Karen, discovered a WordPress.com challenge, challenging WordPress bloggers to get out and run/walk 5k or 3.1 miles. It could be accomplished anytime during the week or if possible on Sunday. Karen’s day of choice was Sunday and I invited myself along.
Karen brought along her very well-behaved dogs, Teddy and Daphne, while poor Stella stayed at home. Stella needs a lot of work (understatement) on a leash.
We walked a new-to-me trail that you can read more about on Karen’s blog. A flat 2.4 mile meandering one-way trail through conservation land. The day was partly sunny with temps in the mid-60’s, warm enough for us to shed our outer layer of clothing.
There weren’t a lot of signs of new life and the pallet was rather dull. I’ve brightened these photos with an added texture. I’m sure that if we weren’t chatting so much and looked really hard we’d find more signs of spring. However, I did spy this young maple flowering and getting ready to grow its leaves. If you look at the very tip of the branch you can see the beginnings of a brand new bright red leaf.
We could hear a lot of birds and even spied a few. We also walked by a bog where we could hear what sounded like bullfrogs. At the end of the walk there were a few hawks soaring up above either mating or competing for territory.
Thanks so much, Karen, for letting me join you! I’m sure that in a couple weeks that path will have many more visible signs of life.
We completed our walk at just over 5 miles (check Karen’s post for actual mileage) and combined with my 4 mile jog earlier in the day I exceeded the 5k (3.1 miles) challenge handed out by WordPress.