Before moving to Dallas, Oregon in March 2013 one of my favorite places to take a walk was the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. I wrote an article about those walks for this blog in July 2011.  Now I have another regular trail which I take every day, weather permitting. It takes about a half hour each morning to cover the mile and a half. It took awhile to develop the habit of walking daily again as a part of my fitness program. Some days the muscles and joints handle the journey more easily than at other times, but once the habit was re-established; the results for me physically were worth it.
The pathway along Rickreal Creek was extended for quite a way since I moved here. Sometimes I follow the length of the trail on my bicycle and other times I take the shorter mile and a half walk. During the summer months the stream is almost dry. During the winter and spring rainy periods it flows heavily making the walk even more pleasurable.
I usually meet some “regulars” during the walk. Most of the folks in my age range are walking their dogs. The younger folks, of course, are getting a jog in before heading to work.
LaCreole Drive runs north/south. (It took me a month of Sundays to get my bearings as to direction!) It still seems that south is west. My walk takes me south on LaCreole past the middle school and down to the Dallas Aquatic Center and park. To vary my walk I sometimes go around the ball park and aquatic center, under the bridge and then back home.
So this is part of my effort of seeking to stay as fit as I can, at least in terms of those things I can actually do something about. I also participate in the Silver Sneakers fitness program twice a week. It is not as good as the program I took under the tutelage of Jacqueline Sinke at the Stuhr Senior Center in Beaverton, but it keeps me moving.
Home at last. Thanks for walking with me this morning!