Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 3: "Rules of the Road"

So far, my rules for this endeavor are:
  1. walk every day
  2. post a photo every day
  3. use my Nikon P7100 (it is a very convenient size and weight)
  4. no weather excuses

A rule that I am going to have a little trouble with is this:  the photo walk must be in addition to any other planned activity I have for the day.  For example, today I took my four-year-old grandson to the outlets to buy shoes.  I could have rationalized the fact that I would be doing a lot of walking there, so I could have snapped a picture at the outlets.  But no!  The photo must be taken on a walk that is in addition to any planned activity.  For example, I could drive to Hagerstown, walk the downtown streets, and then go the outlets.  But not with a four-year-old in tow.  I had to come up with Plan B.

Plan B turned out to be a walk around the hilly Pinehurst neighborhood of Lake Linganore.  My daughter called this morning to ask me to run by her house to turn off a sprinkler running in the backyard.  So that became my photo walk location for today.
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At the Pinehurst subdivision in Lake Linganore

Unfortunately, there were no great photo ops, which made me realize that there are going to be many mundane walks and/or mundane photos.  But the goal is to get out and move, so the photo's purpose really is just "proof" that I was where I said I was. 

While at the outlets, I bought waterproof rain gear to prepare for bad weather walks, as well as a messenger style rain resistant pouch that can double as a purse, to contain my emergency info, keys, emergency poncho, cell phone, etc.

Thanks for the support and encouragement I am getting.  However, right now, it's easy.  I'll need some cheering on when the wind is blowing and the rain is pouring down.  On those days, a walk around the cul-de-sac at the end of the street will make today's walk look exciting!

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