Thursday, May 02, 2013

Yep ... Another Walking Post ... Sort Of.

It seems like a lot of my posts lately have been about walking.  When I think about topics I can post about, all I seem to come up with is walking, walking related, or tangentially, Camino related.  That seems to be what's been on my mind lately.  Which is why I'm a bit surprised that I didn't go for a walk yesterday like I'd originally planned.

I usually walk on Tuesdays and Fridays.  This week there was a Camino Conversation (a sequel to the first)  scheduled at Backwoods for Tuesday.  I knew I wanted to attend and I knew that walking always tires me out so I rescheduled my walking for Wednesday.

The second Camino Conversation was a bit more structured than the first.  I told myself to keep quiet this time and let the host, DK, to stick to his script.  Last time I kind of turned into a chatty cathy and took over a lot of the conversation.  DK spent the first half talking about the history of the Camino.  I knew most of the history but I did learn a few new things and a few alternative stories - the Camino, like most historical events, is full of alternate explanations of customs and history.  The second half of the night was a talk of the spiritual experiences on the Camino.  One of the Pilgrims at the meeting, soon to be a repeat pilgrim, told a wonderful story of singing and Camino coincidence.  (I would tell the story but it's not my story to share.)  Suffice it to say, I discovered the things I saw, heard, and experienced on the Camino were, with a few personalized tweaks, also seen, heard, and experienced by others.

On the way home from the Camino Conversation I thought about my walking plans for the next day.  I had no plans.  I decided before I got home that I really didn't want to walk the next day.  So I didn't.  I still wonder why I changed my mind.  I would have thought that the Camino Conversation would have given me an extra little push.  Wednesday turned out to be ugly.  30°F (16.7°C) colder than the day before.  Windy. Drizzly.  Part of me thinks I need to be walking in this type of weather to prepare myself for those ugly days on the Camino but a bigger part of me is relieved that I didn't go walking.

It is rare that I have a completely unscheduled day.  Yesterday was such a day.  I watched the new episode of Warehouse 13 and followed that with more SyFy fair with the first three episodes of Defiance.  (If you want my opinion, Warehouse 13 is awesome and Defiance is ... meh ... it's okay.)  I topped off my day of inactivity by baking a pan of brownies using one of my Christmas brownie mixes.

I woke up today to white.  Snow.  Yes, we had a small accumulation of snow on the ground.  It's amazing how depressing snow can look on May 2. Fortunately, the snow was gone by the afternoon.

Snow on May 2, 2013 ... Crazy!
This post is turning into a ramble I think.  Despite wanting to stay away from the topic of walking, it is turning out to be a lot about walking ... or not walking.  I will be walking tomorrow ... rain or shine.  It will be an Urban, pack-less, pole-less, walk around Omaha.

I still have some more walking posts ideas that are jumping around and trying to get my attention.  I think I will have to surrender to the fact that I will be posting a lot about walking in the near future.  I can think of worse things to be obsessed about.

4 comments:

  1. Dude, it's not like you're obligated to walk every day. Well, unless someone is paying you. And if someone is paying you to hike, I want in on the gig!

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    1. GH: In my head I feel like I should. I think I'm competing with myself. Sadly I am not getting paid to hike.

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  2. Wouldn't it be cool if you did get paid to hike? Let's set up a donation :)

    I cannot believe it snowed where you live. That totally SUCKS! I wouldn't walk in that just to protest against the weather. Brownies were an excellent idea :)

    Rambling posts make the most sense to me, so keep up the good work! :)

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    1. Miss McC: It would be awesome but I don't think anyone would donate to me or GH to hike.

      The browniews were awesome. How it's over 100F outside. What crazy weather we're having.

      I'll try!

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