In this second dive into Choosing Gratitude, I’m sharing about a morning walk. I walk nearly every morning, and lately, it’s been mostly by myself; my schedule is a bit out of synch with Marc and Sara’s and I’m choosing to see the walk as some necessary introvert time. I’m grateful to these walks for getting me outside and moving, showing me the beauty of the season, and giving me an uninterrupted hour to listen to a book. The photos in this post were all captured on morning walks in the last week. Autumn has been glorious this year, and this past week has been the best so far. It was supposed to rain today, and I thought I’d be sharing this post about morning walks having missed one … turns out the forecast was wrong (it’s still not raining!) and it made that hour even more special.
Every walk begins with Holly’s morning outing.
It usually takes about 10 minutes for her to “do her business”; I take her back home to eat breakfast and then set out on my own.
I have three routes in pretty regular rotation – a short route that ends up being multiple loops around the street outside my neighborhood for days when I’m pressed for time or want to stay close to home;
a medium route through a nearby neighborhood with a nice park (I shared this photo in my Hello November post last Friday);
and a longer route down to the lake and back. There’s a wonderful Veteran’s Day installation at the lakefront this week. especially on a bright sunny morning (this was Sunday).
Both of the longer routes share about a mile of the same two streets. I’ve been keeping my eye on these leaves all week, and today was rewarded – finally – with vibrant color!
and just around the corner is my new-favorite white camellia. and the buds (not pictured – you have to take my word for its) are pink!
Dark Early Quiet Time followed by A Morning Walk (outside) is my best way to start the day … and it takes about four hours. So yes, it’s good to be a retired person who likes to get up early. and having been a working person for nearly 30 years, I know just how special having all that time – nearly every day – is. and I’m grateful for that, too.
I know a lot of you are daily walkers, too – what have you noticed outside this week?