I have a shelf that goes everywhere with me. It’s a food catcher, a pillow, an affliction (as one friends calls it), but mostly just ever present.
The other day I was walking to work and someone of the male persuasion was so busy staring, he walked into a fence! So it can be entertaining. It does mean however that most forms of exercise are out of the question. Running is a no, unless I’m happy for there to be to two large dents in my face. Cycling also no, well that’s just way too distracting for drivers. Aerobics, no (see running). But walking is a yes! And I love it.
I do my own form of walking which I call little old lady walking or LOLW for short. This means it takes me twice the time to walk places as the average joe. A lot of this is not due to slow walking but of my stopping every ten feet or so to look at a flower, pat a cat or watch a bird whose name I can’t remember. I accept that there may not be many cats to pat on the Appalachian Trail, but it will not stop LOLW as there will be birds I have never seen, animals I’ve never met that may encourage me to try that running thing out, flowers, streams, the list goes on.
This is a warning. If you decide to walk with me, please be aware that this will not change on the AT. I will still want to stop and look at every little thing. Take some film, a photo and write a new blog. Maybe I should extend my visa to a year?