You know, I have no idea where this post is going to go. I have been suffering a bit of bloggers block since the Chilly Hilly, the creative juices have simply not flowed. The weather has not been cooperating for long bike rides, which is the prime source of my muse.
But Tuesday, I was taking my lunch time walk from the new downtown office near Lake Union….
The mighty P moved from its prime location next to REI (sigh) to a perch overlooking the water. It’s a pretty view, and right on a bike path, so there are some advantages. This also means that there are new places to walk.
Tuesday, I worked my way down closer to the lake at lunch. I was kinda hoping for a walk along the shore, but instead I ended up walking along a lot of business store fronts, and succeeded in stepping in dog poop! (Darn it people, clean up after your dogs!)
I was thinking about calling it a day and heading back to my desk, when I rounded a corner and came upon this.
The sidewalk just came to an end on this part of Westlake, and for a couple of hundred yards, was this peaceful quiet section of old rails. The traffic on the road seemed farther away, the birds were singing, and it seemed kinda peaceful. Plus there was a bench and a stick to clean the crap (literally) from the bottom of my shoes.
This picture of rails for some reason, has been popping into my head a lot this week. We all know I love being outside. Rain or shine, I go for walks at lunch. Back in the days of working at the Holy P I was lucky enough to work near a wetland trail.
Its one of the few things I miss about that job (and some of the people). Nowadays in Lynnwood, my walks usually take me near or into the mall. The closest thing to nature is REI.
This area, though, this little patch of nature surrounded by urban sprawl. People who were walking the same path were detouring into the parking lot to avoid this section. I made a point to walk right through it, stepping on each railroad tie. I felt like a little kid walking along the tracks, and there was a smile on my face (I could feel it!)
I’ve been trying to figure out why this picture has been on my mind so much, and I think, while writing this, I may have figured it out: I need nature time. The last time I was in the Mountains was in July for the RAMROD ride
I was too damn tired to appreciate it though. Our August vacation last year, though thoroughly relaxing and fun
I have to go WAY back to May, when Michelle and I were at the Ocean,
To remember my last big outdoor fix.
I think, now that spring is coming, I am somehow going to have to get myself up into the mountains for a hike and sit. Michelle and I will be at Canon Beach in May.
So there is hope for the future, and I will be getting longer rides in soon, so at least I will be outside.
Until then, I just have to keep looking for spots where the sidewalk ends for quick fixes. I need to watch for things, at work that make me happy
And make sure when I get the chance, I get outside and, more importantly, when I do get the chance, make sure I sits and enjoys it. I may just go back to the tracks and sits for bit in the near future….