“Walkers have walked to gain a sense of place, to improve well-being, to harness attention, to cultivate awareness, to gain new experiences, to explore new territories, to march for freedom, and to express care and devotion for others.” –Bonnie Smith Whitehouse
Robin, at Breezes at Dawn, is hosting Walktober, where you take a walk or a bike ride or a paddle and then share your journey. I borrowed the beginning quotation from Robin because I thought it beautifully expressed the many roles that one simple activity—walking—can provide. Symbolic, practical, protest, curiosity, devotion, exercise— all from walking. No fancy equipment necessary. Just a pair of sneakers and willing feet.
As I have mentioned in a previous post, not long ago walking was painful because of my weight and my arthritic knees. After having lost thirty pounds, walking is no longer as painful, which means I can go short distances and actually enjoy it. (Looking forward to losing more weight and going for longer winter hikes.)
One of my favorite walks is to the Narrows Ponds, about one-quarter of a mile from my house. There is lots of water in Winthrop, but surely the Narrows are among the prettiest.
Yesterday, was one of those October days that makes a person glad to be alive. All the humidity was gone, the air was crisp, and the sky was a piercing blue.
Leaving our driveway, Clif and I turned left, down the long hill to the Narrows. See? I am not exaggerating one bit when I refer to our home “in the woods.”
On the way we saw a yellow fern glowing in the sun,
a chipmunk on a rock,
and walls made long ago when the trees were chopped down and fields stretched all the way to the Narrows. Hard to imagine our road looking like this and comforting to think about how forests can make a comeback.
At the bottom of the hill, we saw a glimmer of deep blue—sky and water—through the bright lace of leaves.
Then a sign reminding us how important this water is to Winthrop.
A short ways later, the Lower Narrows glittered to our right,
and the Upper Narrows to our left.
There’s not much color this year with the changing leaves. Perhaps it’s because of the drought. Or maybe it’s the many storms we’ve recently had, bringing relief to the drought but blowing the bright leaves off the trees. No matter. It’s a place of beauty, with or without colorful foliage.
After gazing at the water and taking pictures, we headed back up the hill, where we saw mushrooms by the side of the road,
as well as our neighbor’s chickens pecking and looking for tidbits.
Finally, our own snug home tucked in the trees.
Once inside, I made cup of cranberry-orange tea, given to me by a friend, and wrote this post, a record of a short but oh so lovely walk in October 2020,
80 thoughts on “Walktober: Back to the Narrows”
Good morning, Laurie, Beautiful photos showcasing the colours of Fall. I especially like the beginning quotation. Like you say “no fancy equipment necessary…”. I also like the way you described “…one of those October days…”. I am also glad to be alive and have access to trails. Thank you for taking me along on your walk and sharing this beautiful post.😊Erica
My pleasure! Thanks for the kind words.
What a delightful walk, thank you for taking us along.
Love going for walks with you (and Tootlepedal!) too.
I am very happy to have joined you on this walk, Laurie. As always, your home looks very cozy and welcoming.
Thanks so much!
I really enjoyed walking along with you Laurie. That picture through the leaves to the sky and the water is glorious!
And I love the quote at the beginning – it made me think about all the different kinds of walking I have done that has brought me peace in troubled times and joy in happy times: along the beach with my Grandad as a child, ambush trails with my boys (I couldn’t call them walks or they wouldn’t come!), trekking in Nepal aged 40, creating and walking labyrinths, the ‘500 mile’ challenge with my Granddaughter….. hmmm must make another labyrinth soon. Thought provoking – thank you. 🙂
Oh, my pleasure!
Happy to hear you are enjoying more of the outdoors 🙂
You live in a very beautiful place, Laurie and Clif! Walking is great activity, leaving one time to really appreciate the surroundings.
Thanks, Lavinia! How lucky we are.
I liked ‘back to the narrows’ too. The picture of the tree with the colourful leaves against the water is a classic shot. Interesting to see the boulders along the road.
Yes, those boulders are part of an old stone wall. Maine is chock full of them, and many of them are now in the woods as the fields have been left to grow wild.
That was a nice walk. I could almost feel the cool breeze and hear the leaves rustling in the trees. Great to have such a nice place to walk so close to your home. Congratulations on your weight loss and hopefully you can reach your new goal. Take care and thanks for sharing.
Hi. You live in a very beautiful region. What are the predominant trees? Maples, oaks and pines?
We actually have quite wide variety of trees. In addition to maples, oaks, and pines, there are also beech, poplar, cedar, and birch. Might be others, too.
Looks like you had yourself one lovely fall walk in the woods plus got to admire the beautiful water. 🙂 We have a reservoir about a mile from here, and it is so dry no one can kayak or fish right now. It scares the heck out of me every time we drive over it. We have rain in the forecast this week, and I have my fingers crossed.
Wow! That sure is dry. Raining like crazy here today. Hope the same is true for where you live.
A lovely outing, Laurie. There is nice color in the trees across the Narrows… I love how the red maples blaze this time of year.
I’ve got to get my Walktober post written… only 6 days left! 😉
Look forward to reading your Walktober.
What a wonderful walk with so many nice places to stop and enjoy those autumn beauties.
I”m so glad to be able to go along with you on your Walktober! What a beautiful place you live in. My favorite photo was the one of the water through the leaves, but I did also grin at the chipmunk and the chickens. I’m a sucker for chickens. Those October days when the sun shines and the air glows with color, those sure are special and we need to keep those memories for the darker winter days to come. Not to say we can’t get out there and walk a Walkember in November or December…there are bound to be at least a couple pretty days then too. Right? Right??
You bet! Winter light is beautiful, and I plan to to be out and about even when it’s cold.
What a beautiful walk Laurie, it looks glorious in the warm Autumn light and colours 🧡🍂
Such a beautiful time of year.
A wonderful walk, and your house looks so welcoming. I finished your first book a few nights ago, Maya & the Book of Everything. A great read! Maya is such an appealing character. And the story keeps you moving. You do a super job with dialogue, I think. Excellent!!
Oh, how nice to read! Many, many thanks.
Nice post. Reminded me of the quote from Anne of Green Gables: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Since it’s 87F here and very hazy, not so much. We need a cold front!
October in Maine is glorious, just as I’m sure it is in Anne-land, PEI.
I enjoyed going with you on your walk. You deserve great credit for the weight loss that made it enjoyable for you to take the walk.
Thanks so much! Great to be able to go for a walk without being in pain.
I agree wholeheartedly with that.
Ah, so good to come along on your walk, Laurie. Bravo to you for improving your life and being able to enjoy walks again.
Many thanks, Jodie!
Thank you for taking us along on this perfect autumnal walk, Laurie. Very often the most marvelous discoveries lie directly in front of our doorsteps.
You bet! My pleasure.
What a nice walk. And how fortunate to have the pond so close. All that beauty in walking distance, with beauty along the way…I had a nice hike with friends on Saturday, but did not take pictures!!! Silly me. It could have been my next post. I’m glad your knee is better now so you can enjoy the walks.
I am a lucky person, that’s for sure.
Like your other readers, I enjoyed the scenery along this walk – so very different from where I live.
That’s the fun of blogging, isn’t it? Seeing places that are so different from where you live. I am all ago when blogging friends post pictures of brightly-colored parrots in the trees. Wonderful!
What a lovely place you live in, and can go for such walks amongst the trees and near the water. The water seen through the trees is picturesque, and far removed from our landscape, which makes it even more interesting. Congratulations on great achievement with your weight loss Laurie, and the reward is being able to so much more without aching joints! Enjoy your walk and rides in autumn.
Many, many thanks! Clif and I live in a beautiful place. So very lucky. Especially now.
I’m so pleased you can get out and do this again, bringing back such lovely photos
A great pleasure for me. In my younger days, I was quite a walker. Who knows? Maybe I’ll become one again.
Here’s to that
What would we do without our walks? I love mine so much I may go out in today’s pouring rain. Thank you for the pictures.
Wow that was beautiful Laurie, thanks for sharing this lovely walk ❤️
So glad you enjoyed it. More walks to come!
Hi Laurie, I loved this post and will be including it as a link in my Monday monthly wrap up post. Please let me know if you prefer it is removed. Thanks 😊
Thanks, Kellie. An honor to be featured on your blog.
Such beautiful scenery — and a sweatshirt/jacket to go with it. Somehow the sky, water, and trees always look better in clear, crisp air. We have so much humidity here that we rarely get to see days like yours; they can be pretty, but there’s always a bit of haze. We long for ‘northers’ just so we can enjoy for a day or two what you show here — thanks so much for sharing it with us!
My pleasure! In Maine in fall and winter, there is a piercing clarity to the light. Can’t be beat.
Hi, Laurie – I love #Walktober. Thank you for the reminder. And thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos of a beautiful walk. I especially liked your line “one of those October days that makes a person glad to be alive.” 😀
In Maine, the clarity of fall and winter can’t be beat. Such beautiful light.
It looks like a perfect autumn day, Laurie. I’ve been walking a lot more this month, but not quite as lovely as your travels. That said, this is a favorite month and it’s wonderful to be outdoors. 🙂
Looks a lovely walk.
It really is. Anytime of year.
Loved joining you for this beautiful walk!🙂 Enjoyed the lovely photos and look forward to your walking/hiking season through beautiful Maine and so wonderful you’re able to enjoy the walks without pain.🙂
Good morning, Laurie. Thank you so much for joining in with such a beautiful walk. The air felt cool and crisp to me, but maybe I’m just imagining it. 🙂
What a lovely walk! Thank you for taking us with you. And how great that you can now do it – good luck with getting lighter and stronger and able to go further. As you know I love walking and as you say it has so many benefits!
Many thanks! Sure does. I’m really hoping to get out this winter, in all kinds of weather.
So glad to hear you are able to enjoy walking again! On on!
Thank you for sharing the treasures you discovered on your walk. Looking forward to more October walks!
just lovely and uplifting-makes me so happy to think of your beautiful life. x Michele
What a lovely walk, Laurie! You certainly live in a beautiful part of the world. 30 lbs – wow!
Laurie, this is an outstanding Walktober entry. Personally, I like the simplicity that perfectly captured the season. Cheers to you for being able to walk more without pain. I invite you to Beach Walk Reflections. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/
Many, many thanks! In Maine, October is glorious. Cheers to you, too.
I have subscribed to Beach Walk Reflections.
I saw that … Thank you … I’m hoping the new place will be as interactive as the old.
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. An uplifting post!
Such a lovely post, Laurie, and great pictures. I’m very glad you are back to walking without much pain. I have done some walking this year, pain and all, and the price I paid seemed well worth it!
We walked with the young ‘uns yesterday, which was allegedly our last mild-weather day before it turns cold here. What a glorious walk it was!
Thanks, Cynthia! Onward, ho.
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