Tuesday, September 15, 2009

airing thoughts?


I have shown little of the actual town of Bend,Oregon in my blog. I guess I am more of a country person or, when in an urban area, gravitate toward parks and rivers when I take pictures, rather than street scenes and businesses. This picture from Pilot Butte, a promontory located east of the main business district, gives a bird's eye overview of a westerly view of my community. This peak is a favorite for locals to walk, jog, drag or be dragged by the dog. This weekend I pushed an "all-terrain " baby carriage up the rather steep, three quarter mile dirt trail to give my visiting daughter and grandson some fresh air. It is actually an amazing place, for on clear days the 360 degree views are stunning. I take this hike often to think, exercise, listen to music or books on my ipod and to enjoy the scenery. I am making progress on this route, being able to walk it now without stopping to catch my breath. Of course, there are those younger, health conscious buffs that race past me. My initial reaction is to rue my aging physical being. Then I settle down and know I am okay. I remind myself that no one is giving me a letter grade at the top.

5 comments:

tapirgal said...

Without stopping to breathe? You're doing great! It looks like a nice day, too. Nice clouds.

Sylvia K said...

Hey, I did almost as good tromping around Port Townsend for the wooden boat festival! Well, no height involved, so I cheated, but it was a full day. Love your shot of Bend, looks just like I remember it!

Jacob said...

Looks like a gracious, gentile community set amidst and among the beauties of Mother Nature...

And I certainly give you credit for your unwinded trek. I could probably get 20 feet or so before stopping...but then I'm a lot older than you are!

Raksha said...

An all-terrain baby carriage? I didn't know there was such a thing.

Nope, nobody is giving you a letter grade, and don't give yourself one either. Remember that you're doing all this hiking to achieve mental clarity and to feel alive and enjoy the present moment. From everything you've written the past few weeks, it really seems to be working for you too.

You may even have convinced me to try it myself, but understand that I am NOT making you any promises!

Small City Scenes said...

I am sure if you can climb mountians you can make it up Pilot Butte. Besides who cares about the show-offs racing by. You are enjoying the scenery and to do that you have to take it slow. think what they are missing. MB