Tag: walking

Early Morning Walks in Spring

brown and green grass field during sunset
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I was out the door just before 7 am this morning. It was already 60°F. I wore shorts because I wear shorts when the temperature is above 55°F. It felt wonderful out. It always feels good to go on early morning walks in spring1. After being cooped up indoors, with the heat running or a fire in the fireplace for most of the winter, the fresh air of an early spring morning is particularly refreshing.

Sunday mornings make for quiet walks, especially early. People sleep in later around here on Sundays. I expected to see lots of people out, given how nice it was, but for the first half of my walk, I saw only a single person and dog. The bike path on which I walk was otherwise deserted. It was just me and George Dyson who was talking about the evolution between analog and digital worlds.

People may have been nestled snug in their beds, but the birds were out in force, another sign of early spring. I could see some of them, but hear many more. The woodpeckers, in particular, were in top pecking form, ready to beat their beaks against the bark after the long, cold winter. Listening to George Dyson talk about the analog and digital worlds, and then hearing the percussion of the woodpeckers, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were sending some kind of signal to one another, or perhaps they were just as grateful for the spring as I was. I’ve frequently said it is hard to apprecite the spring without the winter.

Later, while on my walk home, Dyson was talking about time in the analog sense and the digital sense. It occurred to me, while listening to Dyson, that one of our strange quirks of time was almost upon us–Daylight Saving time–certainly another sign of spring. Daylight saving time begins here on the east coast in a week. It means it will be darker in the early morning again, at least temporarily, but lighter later.

More people were on the bike path on my return home. Runners were out running. Dogs were out walking their people. I imagine the park will grow increasingly crowded as the day wears on. It is supposed to be close to 70°F today, and nearly 77°F tomorrow. It is strange to think that it so warm, especially after returning from our recent ski trip, where the morning temperatures were well below freezing.

I’m already looking forward to my early morning walk tomorrow. There is some rain in the forecast, but it looks like it will hold off long enough to allow me to get in my walk. I always appreciate nature’s little courtesies in this regard.

Written on March 6, 2022.

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  1. Technically (as my kids would say), it is not quite spring yet, but it is close enough for government work (as my flight instructor used to say about my landings).

Some Companions On My Morning Walk

While out on my morning walk today, I ran into a couple of companions. One was this guy:

one of my morning walk companions: a buck munching on grass

And the other, likely a family member, or possibly a colleague of the first:

Another buck, paralleling my path this morning

I enjoy the peace and quiet of my morning walks, but it is nice to have some occasional company along the way.

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Peaceful weekend, part 2

Up just before 8 AM, once again.  We lazed around for a little while and then decided to walk to Shirlington again, not for breakfast, just for the walk.  We left the house at 10 AM and didn’t get back until almost noon.  We walked to Shirlington, and then from there, we headed to the park and walked up through the park, through the dog-walk, and then back down.

We ate lunch when we got home.  I had 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Yum!  Kelly took a nap on the couch.  I finished up reading Old Man’s War (more on that later), and then started in on Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge.  But before I got too far, I felt sleepy too.  All told, we napped for about an hour and a half.

When we woke up, we took care of a few chores.  First, I fixed the back tire on Kelly’s bike, replaced to tube, adjusted the brakes, lowered the seat, etc.  Kelly tested it out and it seems like everything is working well.  After that, we finally took some time and put up pictures on the walls of the house.  The house looks even more lived in now.

I made four cheese ravioli for dinner.  We had salad along with it.  After dinner, I sat out on the balcony to read for a while.  It had cooled off and was really comfortable.  I read out there until just about 8 PM, getting through about 50 pages of Rainbow’s End.  At 8 PM, Kelly and I headed to the gym.  Tonight was cardio.

Spoke to he11o_sunshine  on the phone, and then did the last chore of the evening:  put up a shelf rack in the powder room.

Oh, and I had cookies and milk for the first time in a long while.

2 walks and a firefly

I went for two walks this evening to clear my head. The first time around I was trying to clear my head from the days thoughts, mostly work related, class and UML work for an application I am working on. I did a lot of white-boarding in my office today and that kind of thought usually takes it toll on me. The second walk was to work out some plot complications in a story I’m working on, and for a wonder, it worked!

Best of all, on that second walk, I saw my first firefly of the season. It lit up just as I walked by!

My vacation is just around the corner. 4 weeks from tomorrow!