Mar 11, 2019

JUST WALKING









What is the longest walk you've ever been on ? 


Do you walk often ? If yes, where ? 


Do you enjoy walking ? 


How observant are you when you walk ?  


Is there a place you dream about walking at ? 


What has been one of your favorite walks ? 
Where you alone, did you have a companion ? 


If you could walk anywhere tomorrow, and with anyone, 
where would you be and with who ? 


Any walk stories ? Anything unusual ? 

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Walking is a basic human activity, a function. It's an activity that gets us to and fro, an activity that we engage in when we visit new places, new cities. If you are able bodied, you are walking everyday in some form or fashion.  

My first steps of the day are from the bed to the kitchen area, then to the front door to take Maddie out for her early morning nature break.  Maddie is going on 13 and 1/2 years, I've been waking and taking her and Morgan outside for  many years, about 4745 days.  Morgan is now in canine heaven, so now it's me and Maddie every day, every morning, out front for a few minutes. There's no exceptions, it's the waking routine of our lives together. 

Most of us probably take walking for granted, it's something we have to do to more around, to be productive throughout the day, wether you work or stay home or you are on vacation or visiting family, friends. In order to successfully manage through the day, we all have to walk. 








Yesterday I watched a movie about walking, THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET.  A man named, Matt Green, decided he wanted to walk every street, every bridge, tunnel, park and cemetery in New York City and the movie is about his quest to complete this walk. When you watch the movie you get to walk along with Matt throughout New York City, I enjoyed every step of the way. 

The movie is Matt and the streets and neighborhood of New York City and all the people he mets along the way in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronks, Staten Island and Manhattan. And all the interesting places he gets to experience. 

If you have any interest in New York City, you certainly learn many things about the city that only someone who walked every street in every borough would come across. You also learn about the walker, Matt Green. He seems like a regular guy who decided one day he wanted to accomplish this walking project and he set out to do it and the movie is about his walk. He'd accomplished a major walk before and you learn that in the movie.  And yes the movie is about so much more; I definitely recommend. 

I love stories like this, human stories, people following their hearts and learning and sharing about humanity. You can certainly call Matt Green crazy, everyone has their perspective and Matt is good with that.  He takes lots of photos during his daily treks, via his blog you were able to track his daily path, some people joined him on the walks.  When he started the walk, it was about the walk.  Not sure where the movie idea came in, I'm glad he shared his adventure with the world. 

I was a bit nervous for him while he was walking, I kept looking for dogs. He does not mention any issues with dogs, I'm hoping that he never had one chase him down a street or sidewalk of New York. 

For more information check out the article below.  I love his quote:

“Instead of seeing a million places for just a minute each, I'm going to spend a million minutes exploring just one place.” 


https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/11/world-beneath-your-feet-documentary-new-york-matt-green/576289/




What is the longest walk you've ever been on ?

The longest walk I've been on, hiking the coast of Italy along 
the Cinque Terre trail.  The distance some 11 kilometers. Due to the rugged terrain and sometimes the narrow pass of the trail, it took 5 or 6 to complete.  I wrote extensively about this experience, I will look up and include link to the post.  The beauty of the Italian coast, coupled with the quaint personality of the villages along the trail, it was like walking in a live postcard. 


Do you walk often ? If yes, where ? 

I walk everyday with Maddie at the St John's Town Center outdoor mall. It is 3 minutes from where we live and there are usually no other dogs around and most of the walk is on the mall sidewalks, so Maddie gets to "walk" and not bark at other dogs. When Morgan was with us, we all went together.  We all feel safe  and since we've been doing this for 2 years now, we know all the people who get to work early at the stores, we know the security team, the window cleaners, and the regular walkers we see daily. 

Do you enjoy walking ? 

YES YES YES 


How observant are you when you walk ?  

I love details and I love to see the world, I consider myself to be very observant. I love patterns, I love the movement of trees when the wind blows, 
I love the different blues in the sky.  And I always have to keep an eye on Maddie, when she is sniffing around plants or grassy areas, I always have to make sure she does not eat anything off the ground.  And my dog radar is always on. I'am always looking ahead, behind, from side to side to ensure I know we are safe. 


Is there a place you dream about walking at ? 

I would like to walk in and around Angor Wat in Cambodia and also in Petra, Jordan.  If I could go back, I would do the walking tour in and around Iguazu Falls in Argentina. And my most biggest dream would be to walk and hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.  I will keep on dreaming for sure. 


What has been one of your favorite walks ? 
Where you alone, did you have a companion ? 

In August of 1999 I was in Panama for about 10 days. I stayed at my Dad's house in La Cresta. Every morning we would go for an early walk and I would hold his hand. One of my all time favorite memories of my entire life. 


If you could walk anywhere tomorrow, and with anyone, 
where would you be and with who ? 

I would want to walk somewhere in Panama, somewhere quiet, tranquil, perhaps with a morning or afternoon breeze. And I would want to walk with my parents, hand in hand. 

Any walk stories ? Anything unusual ? 

My "unsual" is my fear of dogs.  The fear is embedded in my DNA, and no matter how many times you tell me I'm safe and that there are no dogs in your neighborhood, I wont walk in any areas that are new.