Day 46

roadsignsWaiting and wondering about what I’ll find around the next bend in the road just isn’t my style. My whole life’s been about stomping onward — whether I’m tired, sad, frightened, hopeful, happy, lonely, or weary.

I think that scares some people. But for me, the only thing scary is standing still and worrying. 

There are 25 parks and reservations in Essex County.  I’ve walked 8 of them since starting My Big Walk: Yantakaw, Brookdale, South Mountain Rez, Eagle Rock Rez, Mills Rez, Verona Park, Anderson,  and the Presby Iris Gardens.

In the next three weeks I’ll walk the 17 others.  Around one corner I might find a castle (Kips) around another, a soldier (South Mountain).  Who knows what I’ll find in Newark or Irvington!? If I survive When I’m done I’m going to walk the Lenape Trail that runs through Union and Essex Counties.

I’m tempted to say that Dorothy had it right — there’s no place like home. But I prefer Dr. Seuss’ take on life:book cover

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

IMG_2562With those words in mind, I’m setting out today for Hilltop Reservation with my faithful walking companion, Sarah. And my camera.   What’s around the corner? I’ll let you know when I get there.

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