#CBWC: Walking, Hiking

This week’s entry for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CBWC) includes photos of places to walk or hike. The majority of photos were taken while I was on the bike (naturally), but the trails and reserves in the Fox Cities host walkers, hikers, and bicyclists. We have a plethora of nature’s beauty to choose from. Join the fun of black and white photography by clicking on the link at the beginning of the post. Details and weekly themes canRead more

Blue Skies, Wind and Stink

“In the vast emptiness of the blue, my soul rejoices listening to the soundless music of the wind.” ― Banani Ray I spent another afternoon last week at Heckrodt Preserve, getting in a daily walk and, as my mother used to say, “blowing the stink off.” I thought that always a strange thing to say since long walks tend to make me hot, sweaty and possibly stinky. I have found joy at Heckrodt on these sunshine, blue-sky days, taking in midRead more

#SoCS: A Favorite Collar

Collar. It’s what keeps me warm in the cool of fall and the frigid of winter. This past week has been cooler than normal. In fact, Green Bay reported a new record high of 52F (11C) on September 9th, which is cold for this time of year. The rain did not help. On the other hand, I heard Colorado and Wyoming received snow a day or two before, so it could have been worse. It’s supposed to stop raining andRead more

All I Need

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche~ “If you seek creative ideas go walking.” ~Raymond I. OD Myers~ Over a lunch time walk, I had neither a great thought nor a creative one, other than I came up with this post. I did enjoy the sun on my face, the crisp almost-spring air, and an opportunity to get away from work for 30 minutes. Sometimes that’s all I need. This post has been brought to you byRead more

Winter Walk in the Flats

This past weekend was gorgeous, weather wise, for February in Wisconsin. Highs in the upper 30’s, close to 40F (4.4C). Blue skies. Glorious sun. Saturday was a perfect day for a winter walk in the Flats of Appleton, along the Fox River. People and their dogs and kids and one guy on his bicycle, relieving a bit of cabin fever. I’ll let the photos and descriptions do the talking. Click on any photo to enter the gallery and have anRead more

Another Year of Living

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” ~Voltaire~ Today I am grateful to my parents and God for giving me life. It’s my birthday! Presents and niceties are not required, but deeply appreciated. I’m not celebrating too much today as I’ll be at work and have nothing planned for the evening hours. My birthday celebration occurred this past weekend.  Although Saturday was fall-ish cool, it was beautifullyRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Bridges

I agree. We need many more bridges. While building personal bridges is up to the individual, communities can certainly come together to build physical bridges. The cities of Neenah and Menasha and the Village of Fox Crossing, Wisconsin, came together to do just that. There’s a new trail to follow called “Loop the Lake.” It’s been over a year in its planning, development, fund raising and completion. Loop the Lake opened this past weekend, allowing the community to walk orRead more

Sunday Rejuvenation

Sunday is as Sunday does A beautiful gift from God above Placid waters and winter’s wheaty grass Wondering if the attempt of warmth will last Sunday is at it rests upon wooden bench While rejuvenation seeks to be quenched Take in the view, smell coming of spring Listen to geese upon their honking wing Sunday is as one day in time It’s cool, calm energy feels sublime A walk along it’s graceful edge Removes the cobwebs from life’s head SundayRead more

Ice and Snow Ditty

Just a little ditty About winter ice and snow I went for a walk yesterday Dumb idea, don’t you know It seemed okay The path under my feet Until I reached the fence And few tracks to be seen At first the footing was sure And I walked with a modicum of ease Then the ice skating began With two wobbly, unsuspecting knees You see, the walking path was white White with new-fallen snow But underneath was black ice ARead more

Charlotte’s Web?

Saturday morning, after an early morning workout with a fabulous trainer, Natasha and I went for a three-mile walk. It’s a route we’ve taken before on foot and one that I take when riding the bike to work. The weather was gorgeous…blue skies, mild temperatures, and the crisp smell of almost-autumn. The couple with the new house finally released the yellow tape that kept others off the new concrete driveway and two sandhill cranes were busy pecking at the grassRead more

Cross the Bridge

Blazing, sapphire blue skies. Warmer-than-normal November days. Crispy, crunchy fall air. Gold and yellow and brown leaves that land upon the earth. The path reaches for two feet and grabs hold. It pleads a midday walk. There is little resistance. The feet say “yes!” The senses feel, hear, as the eyes shut for a moment. Then… Travelling geese sound their alert and jar the feet awake. Bicyclists, joggers and fellow pedestrians pass by. The smallish breeze whispers gently upon a woman’s face. TheRead more

Feathered Ghost

In a walk with the neighbors Tuesday night we came upon an eerie sight An owl, perched precariously on the end of a light post Looking a bit like a small feathered ghost Waiting for the movement of its meal of which his hunger would steal Watch out little bunny and squirrel! His claws around you, they shall curl Up, up and away he will stealthily climb To take you to the hiding place where he dines We approached to his menacing stareRead more