Once school got out and I was officially "retired" from volunteering I had time do things that I enjoyed again and that were good for me. Like daily walks. Carving out time for yourself is a difficult thing to do whether you work full time, volunteer full time, etc. There's always something to be done around the house, children to shuttle to dance class, homework, social obligations, on and on.
We're fortunate to have a beautiful 2 mile walking trail about half a mile from our house. Parts of it are wooded and as you can see there's a beautiful lake.
|What I call the neck of the lake. On a hot summer's day it's the worst stretch of the walk!|
I used to take the dogs with me and do just the two miles but soon learned that I'd get a better time if I went alone and did a combination of walking/running. Once it was full on summer and the brutal humidity that accompanies the summer heat that is known in SW Georgia the running went by the wayside and was replace with a super brisk walk.
The trail is inhabited by many different kinds of creatures: dragonflies and butterflies around the neck of the lake, birds obviously, various species of ducks, geese, Canada geese, herons, etc. There have been rumors of foxes but I've yet to see one. Thankfully.