I had a pen & paper with me as I walked, writing down things I saw & impressions I had while en route. When I’m home I’ll continue to do a weekend blog post, to include a few more of those things – plus a few more pictures.
Before I do, however, I want to note my ‘Spotlights’ for the coming week:
The following is gonna look more like a mental quick-fire than a thoughtful blog post, so fasten your seatbelts…
- Some songs that make me pick-em-up and put-em-down a little faster:
Feel It – TobyMac
Grace Wins – Matthew West
Greater – MercyMe
- Dear sweet Lola, an old dog that reeled me in on Day 2 when I spied her lounging in the sun at a business near Lake Padden (of course, she reminded me of our Layla):
- I tried to smile and/or wave at most cars driving by when I was on the country roads. I got lots of one- two- and four-finger waves, and even a few full fives – but not a single three…
- It’s true what they say – there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. I think I did pretty well – generally warm & dry through the worst of it.
- In looking at the picture above, I decided that if I were a dog I’d bark at me too.
- I earned about $25 for Habitat for Humanity by using my Charity Miles app.
- I really enjoyed checking for messages during my water breaks – you guys really encouraged me!
- Words of wisdom heard on the radio (the Fish 95.9): “When you lose your source of self, you lose your sense of self,” and “Hurt people hurt people – healed people heal people.”
- Remember I said I saw a dead possum? This next pic is a bit gruesome, but what in the world happened to this poor creature? It looks like he got entangled in the fence…
- It was really cool to see seaplanes taking off from Lake Union – I even saw a helicopter with pontoons!
- The town of Lynden (where I spent 3 lovely nights) is said to have more churches per capita than any city in Washington. Most of the shops we went into were playing Christian music!
- One Washington local said that when she was in college in Los Angeles, nobody showed up to class on rainy days. In Washington, nobody shows up on sunny days. She said people are incredulous that Washingtonians never let the rain stop them… “If we did, we’d never leave our houses.”
- Rain makes a good car wash. Hail provides a ‘loofah’.
- I know where your Christmas trees come from…
- The first mile of every day is the hardest – it’s when I have to come to terms with my clothing choices for the day/weather and I always wish I had dressed warmer! But after I get warmed up, I always find that I’m comfortable…
- On Tuesday of Week 2, I parked my car at a Fred Meyer grocery. When I finished my walk & got back to my car I realized that this was the same Fred Meyer where we realized Larry had lost his credit card when we did our test drive of my route in July. (See Bad Guys & Bedbugs) Much nicer memories this time around!
- I love buttercups.
- On the way home, I thought somebody had T.P.’d the freeway in Portland – ‘turns out somebody had lost their Costco-industrial-sized package of TP and the passing vehicles were having their way with it. 😀
- The pretty, blooming almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley are now ‘nekkid’ – waiting for their spring leaves to bud & clothe them for the summer.
“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.” ~ Job 14:7-9
P.S. I’ll leave home for my next cycle of walking this Friday, March 25 – first day of walking will be Monday, March 28.