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LAPC #163: Keep Walking in Watson Riparian Woods

Walking is great exercise that you can do together at almost any age. Lens Artist Amy from Share and Connect chose the theme Keep Walking for the challenge this week.

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.”

– Hippocrates

The theme matches perfectly with Cee’s FOTD #30. And we are off.

This month, since TreeSquares is over, I decided to participate in Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge – (FOTD).  Like Becky B, Cee offers us the freedom to post every day or when we feel like it.  I made the mistake of classifying my trees as flowers for about half the month last month. So this month – no trees. (maybe). Cee’s FOTD challenge accepts:

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  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries

To the Riparian Preserve

“Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.”

– Pepper Giardino

My new pink Mustang friend, Linda Tunney loves to hike and experiment. About four o’clock we headed down Rosser, stopped at the light at Highway 89 and drove into a nearly deserted parking lot. Neither of us lived farther than a mile from this place, and neither of us had been here. We were up for the .7 mile hike.

the trail

“Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.”

– Antonio Machado

If you are looking for the path in that picture, you found it. There wasn’t much of one. On July 19th we were in the middle of a busy monsoon season and everything that could grow was growing. Dirt stayed put and got inundated with bursting green.

spores were busy too.

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

– Rosalia de Castro

That was us. We had no idea where the .7 miles would take us. We couldn’t see the beginning or the end once we had walked maybe twenty steps.

Reflections in Granite Creek for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #92

Dry most of the year, Granite Creek had sprung to life to reflect the life around it.

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“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

– Chief Seattle

“Walking makes the world much bigger and therefore more interesting.”

– Edward Abbey

We found Red Willows and Maples according to the signs. Watson Riparian Woods definitely was not a park-like setting. Nothing was groomed. It was more like going on a hike as an adventure, not knowing what you might find. We felt like kids.

We found special rocks, flowers, stumps, trees which made us wonder how they lived, and tiny treasures of all kinds. We did not find snakes, which had worried me a little.

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”

– Mary Davis

FOTD 30 Sweet Peas and a Mystery Plant

Thanks for joining me on this Prescott Walk through the woods. I’ll leave you with one final quote.

“He who limps is still walking.”

– Stanislaw Lec

Coffee Share Moment

For this section of my post, I’m linking to Denyse Whelan’s Life This Week post. She suffered with head and neck cancer, which is an amazing story that she has shred on her blog along with COVID updates from Sydney, AU.

I’m limping only slightly and almost without pain nearly a month after a torn meniscus, so there is life after injury. The surgeon tells me that the surgery to repair it will take 15 -20 minutes.

My philosophy in life is if I have an injury (like a bad knee) or disease (like cancer) or an impairment (like hearing or vision loss or rotten teeth) that can be repaired or improved, I owe it to those around me if it’s possible, to get it fixed and go on with life. This month I have learned how precious mobility is and how much of a handicap it is not to be able to do things for myself.

This morning in church we watched a video of a man born with no arms and legs. He was not in a position of anyone being able to help him and considered suicide at age 10. Yet, as an adult he lives a very productive life and can motivate people because he is obviously weak and suffering, yet still smiling and productive.

Nick Vijicic from Australia

Sometimes we are cured miraculously, and sometimes not but I believe that we are all here on earth for a purpose and we mean something to others around us.

I want to thank my blogging friends, neighbors, and friends far away who have drawn close to me this month with prayers and special energy healing. I especially want to thank my husband, who did everything for me when I could do little for myself.

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  1. What a woman you are! Posting and linking here and there and it’s a busy but oh so interesting blog post Marsha. Thanks for the shout out.
    Now it’s you getting yourself fixed I see. I hope the surgery and recovery go well and that recovery is not too frustrating!!

    We are still in Covid lockdown here in New South Wales Australia but it’s still OK to drive to a local beach and see the views and have a walk so I am very grateful for that.

    Take care, Marsha.

    Thanks for sharing the post for Life This Week. Loved reading yours. Next week’s optional prompt is Self Care Stories. Hope to see you there too. Denyse

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    • I’m sure it will. I saw the surgeon today. There’s about a four day recovery period which will be limiting for me, but busy for Vince. After that, if it is successful, I should be pain-free and able to live a normal life sans pickleball. 🙂

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  2. I think the nicest trails are the ones that you kind of have to find your own way. It was a pretty walk and I loved the tree stumps. Art…aren’t they? Hope you are hanging in there with your meniscus tear.

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    • I was going to link to your blog, but it looked like you were still on break. My soldiering on was a a week before my fall and two weeks before my knee injury. My soldiering still looks a little slow and stiff, but I’m looking forward to getting back soon. 🙂

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        • I’m so sorry, Jo. It is so easy to fall. Take your eyes off the path for a second and down you go. On one of my walks with Linda, she lent me one of her walking sticks and then she fell down. No major harm done, but it happens to everyone. 🙂 I tried to post the terrible picture my husband took of me, but fortunately it wouldn’t post. I look like death warmed over. But fortunately injuries are healing. 🙂 I hope yours are too.

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    • Isn’t he amazing? You are more than welcome, Hammad. He has such a sense of humor. In the video we saw yesterday, some cute girls pulled up at a red light in the car next to him. You can tell his face is adorable. So he undid the seatbelt with his teeth, and turned completely around in the seat. He said he had never seen anyone so ready for the green light. Another time a kid asked him, “What happened to you?” He smiled and said, “Cigarettes!” 🙂

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  3. Thank you, Marsha for your walk. Wonderful photos! I appreciate you taking time to sharing your thoughts, well said. Hope you will feel better soon.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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