When I started this hometown version of a big adventure, it was early Spring, which, around here, is a spectacular time for wildflowers. In the picture on the left, my walking partner August West, is surrounded by California poppies. I took this photos weeks ago, in early April, in the peak of their season.
Native plants are in good supply around here, but each variety has a growing season, and as the photo on the left shows, the flash mob of poppies has dispersed, and there are some new plants on their way up!
And, yes, I am darn proud that I have managed to learn how to do any of this! It certainly does not come naturally to me, but here I am flogging away.
The walking part of this journey comes much more easily to me. I grew up walking or biking everywhere, and just kept going! When the kids came along, I front packed them, backpacked them, strolled them all around town. When we got the first Gorrin family dog, the Gorrin family created the "poop a loop" and the 4 of us would walk Gidget, the chocolate Lab, around the block, which around here, is some distance! Our family hiked and camped, strolled city streets, home and wherever we traveled, in a way, I have been training for this walk for decades! My kids are staying active during this time of quarantine, walking and biking up in SF, doing their best to stay strong and safe, and making their momma quite proud. Not so long from now, my son will make the most important walk of his life, up the aisle to marry Bridget, and Margot and I will not only walk up to support him, we will all dance to celebrate.