Walking for Earth Month

So normally, my preferred mode of movement is on two wheels, but being that it’s Earth Month and walking apparently doesn’t emit any carbon pollution, I decided to try out this whole walking thing. Not really to get anywhere, but you know, for my health. Turns out — it’s not so bad.

Hikers on the Grand Ridge Water Loop Trail
Exactly what I was trying to avoid – Walkers (apparently called hikers since they’re on a dirt trail) on the Grand Ridge Water Loop Trail

At first I was thinking someplace with dirt. But as it was my first time, I thought I’d keep the bar low. Someplace flat, but with direction. And nothing too technical. I didn’t want to be dodging anything: trees or branches, other people, dogs off their leashes, roots or piles of rocks, vermin or other larger wild animals.

I decided that one of King County Parks’ Regional Trails was just the ticket. I parked at Marymoor Park in Redmond, sliding into the spot backwards in case of a quick getaway. The parking lot looked good for walking, nice and flat, paved, but a bit too many cars.

It only took me a few seconds to locate the trail. It was wide and flat, perfect for a beginner like me. I reviewed my notes: “place one foot in front of another in a general direction”. Seemed easy enough. I mean, children do this, right?


After a couple of false starts, I was off. Wind blowing through my hair, arms pumping wildly, I inhaled the brisk, slightly damp morning air. This wasn’t so bad. I was doing it, it was Earth Month, and I was walking. Seriously, have you tried this?

There were a few other fellow “walkers” out there. I said hello, gestured madly at my moving feet, and said, “we’re walking, huh?!” They smiled but seemed less impressed than I was. Oh well, some people just take to things more naturally than others, I guess.

Runners in the Big Backyard 5k
Fast walking (also know as “running”) for the Big Backyard 5k

Whatever you have planned for Earth Month, I’d suggest doing it, but walk there, or just walk around in general. It’s great. Take it from me, I’m a walker now!

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