Just a Walk in the Park for Squares

While in Hawaii I amassed thousands of steps on my Fitbit. It was not a chore but a delight, as walking in good weather with gorgeous scenery usually is.

Since our return to Seattle, we’ve had nothing but rain. Rain, rain, and more rain. It was welcomed at first, to end the long summer drought and smokey skies and wildfires in the mountains nearby.

But I’m already weary of it and somewhat dreading months of the same until spring.

Even so, I’m determined to walk, whether on the treadmill at the gym (I finally returned after covid) but hopefully outside as well.

Earlier this week we went for a walk at Nolte State Park in between rain showers and the air was fresh and clean and filled with the fragrance of fall leaves.

We saw interesting trees and stumps and lichens and mushrooms

and lovely reflections in the lake.

I’m sharing this post for Becky’s Walking Squares Challenge and for that reason all of my photos are squares.

I’m so happy to have her back in the blogosphere.

~ Susanne

33 Comments on “Just a Walk in the Park for Squares

  1. Oh this is a beautiful walk in the park, and they’ve proved walking in rain is good for us so hopefully you’ll go again!

    • Thanks, Pete. The temperature has really dropped here too and it feels like winter is on the way. But at least its not raining – yet. Even so, we are bundling up and heading out for a walk. 😊

  2. Very beautiful photos, Susanne! What a change for you guys from a tropical environment to northwest rain. It kind of sounds like you want to move to a warmer, dryer climate.

    • Thanks! 😊 I went from tropical rainforest to plain old rain-forest! I don’t think I could live outside the Pacific NW, but being a snowbird wouldn’t be too bad!

      • You feel like I do about Michigan, it will always be my true home. Call me a snowbird!

  3. Gorgeous photos, Susanne. I’ve never been to Nolte Park. What part of Seattle is it in. It is so natural. When I was there I walked around Greenlake on a regular basis. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Marsha. I lived near Greenlake for many years but now live in Renton, just south of Seattle. Nolte is southeast of Seattle 45 minutes or so, past Maple Valley in a rural area. Rather hidden unless you know about it.

      • When we headed south on I 5 we, we didn’t stop much until we got back to Portland. Pretty dull! We missed all the good inbetween stuff. Thanks for sharing it. Gorgeous place, Susanne!

      • Exactly! Even now in retirement, there’s so much to see and so little time. Thank goodness for virtual walks like yours!

  4. I go to the gym often, but I prefer being outdoors in nature.

    • Me too. I love walking outside but when the weather gets rough I’m okay going to the gym. Just trying to get my steps in whenever and wherever I can.

  5. The toppled tree is so iconic of the forests in your neck of the woods. Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula gave me my first glimpse of fragile giants felled by wind and rain. I loved every one of your square images.

    • Thank you so much! I too love the woods in our state, and am happy when they’re left as nature intended including fallen and decaying trees and stumps.

  6. How pretty! It just dawned on me that I don’t remember the last time I took a walk in the woods! And Fresno isn’t that far from several different forests. πŸ€”

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