Within Walking Distance

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It was like an explosion.
As soon as my hand hit the leashes, the fur went flying and my dogs ran around in circles, jumping, running, while still keeping eagle eyes on my every movement. A WALK…A WALK…A WALK…

The sky was a beautiful blue spotted with an occasional puffy cloud. The wind over the last few days had cleared out any haze in the sky so the view was crystal clear as I walked up the path to the top of the hill. It still takes my breath away after living in my neighborhood for almost fifteen years. I’m so lucky.

I’ve walked the path a number of times, but clearly not often enough. An occasional jogger, girlfriends out catching up while they walk, families with strollers and other dog walkers enjoying a spring afternoon. I guess it’s not officially spring until tomorrow, but the weather screamed spring.

The hill is actually a wall of dirt that functions as a dam, surrounding an incredible wetlands area where the geese and ducks enjoy the solitude of ponds surrounded by grasses. It’s a hidden treasure only found by those taking the time to climb. In the distance is downtown Denver with an incredible backdrop of snow covered mountains. In the foreground, a group of adults kick the ball around the soccer field and an expanse of open grass awaits the beginning of spring team sports.

I bypassed the usual route, skipping the first trail down and the stairs that have been installed in the side of the hill and continued walking. Then, I came to the end of the path which was a large, level circle of dirt overlooking the nearby golf course. The grass isn’t green yet, but it was beautiful in it’s curves and sand traps. I’ve lived here fifteen years and never walked the extra three hundred yards that rewarded me with a view I’d never seen before.

Isn’t it funny how I’m planning to travel to some incredible destinations this year and such an amazing place is within dog walk distance of my house? I stood there and breathed in the air while I took in the moment. I wonder what else I’ve been missing?

This morning, the sky is still dark and my dogs are both asleep. The house is quiet while I keep an eye on the clock so I have time to get ready for work. But I’m already anticipating another long walk, perhaps later today. I clearly have more places to explore. I can’t wait for this afternoon’s explosion of excitement when I grab the leashes.

What wonderful surprises are within walking distance of your house?

Wendy

There is a trail that is just a few steps down the road from me. Each time I go I experience something new. I’ve seen deer, coyotes, foxes, bunnies, wonderful views of the mountains plus I get to meet wonderful people along the way. My dog is usually along for the experience, but for some reason she only sees the bunnies and the other dogs. HMM Wonder why?

Take time to venture out of your house without your car keys. Put on your walking shoes, pick the direction you want to go and just WALK!!!!
Wait and see what surprises are waiting for you that are…JUST STEPS AWAY!!!!

Jen, Lets go hiking!!!!

Mike

We are very blessed here literally living in the foothills at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Jennifer. The most beautiful walking trails are abundant. A person only has to decide which one they would like to take their trek on for the day. So glad you and your pups got out for a wonderful time.

jasteck

I need to join you on that trail, Wendy. As soon as the weather gets warmer, I’m up for lots of hikes.

jasteck

I can drive by the same place every day, Diane, and never see the same things I see when I get out of the car and get up close and personal.

jasteck

That sounds fantastic, Mike. I haven’t spent much time in your area of the country. It sounds perfect for you and Phoenix.

jasteck

Time flies so fast, doesn’t it? I things slow down so you have a chance to get out and about. 🙂

Foxy Wine Pocket

Beautiful post. It is amazing what we can see when we really take the time to look. I live in the suburbs, but I enjoy taking a new path for me and the dog each day and admiring the various gardens and architecture and decor.

Fiona

Lovely story!
We have a big property of woods, very far away from anything else. However, there is a path (old logging road) that if you follow for about 7 minutes, you reach a field that faces a hill, and in the late afternoon, is golden with sunlight. In the summer, it’s filled with flowers. When my dad was still living, he planted fruit trees and wild flowers, and several years before he died, he buried his mother there. He and his brother-in-law erected a rough-hewn stone bench next to her flat grave marker. When he died several years later, my mother, siblings and I buried him there next to her. It’s so incredibly special to me that my fiance and I decided to get married there (planning a wedding for this August).

Anyway, thanks for posting this because it made me think about that place!

jasteck

Thanks Molley. I appreciate the opportunity to get together with all of you. I like long walks, too.

jasteck

It’s especially nice in the spring, Kelly, when all the bulbs start to bloom after our long winter.

jasteck

What a wonderful place, Fiona. I’m sure your father would have been very pleased for you to have your wedding there. It sounds beautiful. Maybe he had your future wedding in mind.Congratulations!

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