When you go out for a walk, hike, run, or some similar type of activity are you focused entirely on the exercise and its successful completion? Or do you take in what is around you as much as the exercise? My behavior is more in line with the later – even during my days of competitive back-country endurance racing.
So what is on your walk or walks? Is it city, suburban, small town or wilderness oriented? Do you get a chance to experience a variety?
One of my walks also performs the role as trail for a hike or run. It also functions as a route for a back-country ski or snowshoe.
In the summer time we (Linda, Sage Dog & Willow Dog) take the walk early in the morning (usually just after sun rise) on days we are not going for a hike at some other location.
The six-mile (10K) out and back route is best taken at a moderate or leisurely pace. It starts at our cabin on Goat Creek in Stanley, Idaho which sits on the boundary-line for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA). The route follows Goat Creek, up through the Goat Creek Meadow and into the Sawtooth National Wilderness.
The Goat Creak Meadow is pretty cool and is about three miles in length before reaching the basin rocks. The trail straddles the left side of the meadow. From about May 1st to July 1st water in the meadow can be knee high. On this day the meadow was filled with dogs ignoring their owners.
We also ran into and observed wildlife. Such as this Sage Grouse.
Wild Flowers of all kinds abound. Below is what caught our eye on walks the past two days.