Now that the northern hemisphere is abiding in mid-Autumn, it may seem odd to post about paths and trails. Some of my best hikes have been in the Autumn when the air is cool and crisp, and the views are lively with Fall colors. Of course, my friends in the Southern Hemisphere are in full-on spring mode so hopefully, everyone is out enjoying fair weather.
If you haven’t guessed yet, this week’s theme for Sunday Stills is paths and trails.
As a dog owner, I manage to take a walk almost every day. There are so many places to walk just in my neighborhood alone, from a rural trail in the hills, a one-hour walk around the “block,” to a trail along the backyards that border the homes on the private roads. Shown in the gallery.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ― John Muir
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir
Lately, I’ve bemoaned the fact that Fall was terribly shy to show her lovely face. She made up for it this week as you can see at one of my neighbor’s homes!
Early this week, I was out and about running errands in a neighborhood a few miles away. The shopping center has many stores and other amenities not found in Nine Mile Falls. While Hans was at the eye doctor, I walked Brodie around the area while we waited.
My Word of the Year—WALK
I wasn’t organized enough to share my WOTY at the end of October. One reason is because of my new gig as a part-time reporter and photographer for our local monthly newspaper, the South Stevens County Times. Writing 2-3 articles a month has been keeping me a little busy. Marsha shared a bit about it in her last PPAC.
“For all of us, whether we walk old paths or blaze new trails, friends remain important.” ~ Lois Wyse
For October’s edition, I reported on the Centennial Trail found in the Nine Mile Falls area where I live. I had no problem conducting research by walking and biking these trails. You have already seen many of the images.
“I like trails that lead nowhere, that leave you wondering where you are.”― Marty Rubin
Walking and hiking are the best activities for staying fit as many of you already know. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed I changed my Twitter handle to @ahikerchick. I guess HIKER is a good identity for me these days.
I’m currently working on an article about Cold Weather Hiking for the December edition of the newspaper. I’m sure to have first-hand experience because this happened Friday!
“If you walk on snow you cannot hide your footprints.” — George Herbert
Inspiring Photo Challenges This Week
Each week I am inspired by my fellow bloggers’ photo challenges. I find it fun to incorporate these into my Sunday Stills weekly themes.
- Becky B’s Walking Squares
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
- Jo’s Monday Walk
- Dawn’s Festival of Leaves
- Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesday
Now that Becky B is back with her wonderful squares challenge, please feel free to double-dip for walking-squares!
Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders
Sunday Stills weekly photo challenge is easy to join. You have all week to share and link your post.
- Remember to title your blog post a little differently than mine.
- Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
- Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
- Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
- Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post.
- I also recommend adding your post’s URL to the comments.
This Week’s Featured Bloggers
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are this week’s links from bloggers who shared photos. I add these all week as new links are posted.
- YOUR BLOG’S NAME HERE!
- Always Write
- Between the Lines
- Brashley Photography
- Bushboys World
- Calling All Rush-Babes
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cee’s Photo Challenges
- The Day After
- The Day After
- Deb’s World
- DGKaye Writer
- Equipoise Life
- Easin’ Along Image shared in comments
- Geriatrix Fotogallerie
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News Image shared in comments
- Light Write Life
- Loving Life
- Natalie the Explorer
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Quaint Revival
- Retirementally Challenged
- Roberts Snap Spot
- Space Stories By Gift
- Stevie Turner
- This is Another Story
- Wide Eyed Wonderings
- Wind Kisses
- Woolly Muses
I need to postpone the next Sunday Stills challenge to November 20, which will be the monthly color challenge (leather–shades of brown). I’m traveling to Sacramento to attend my former MIL’s funeral next weekend. I’m posting more about that on Friday.
Where will paths and trails take you?
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