The Snow is Gone…and so are My Excuses

woman on stairs with big black dog

I can’t believe all of our snow melted so quickly… and with it, all my excuses are gone!

I can’t walk because it is too icy.

I can’t walk because there is too much snow.

I can’t walk because it is too cold.

All my excuses disappeared with the snow.

It has been a bit rough, getting back into walking after a winter hiatus and some weight gain. The first few times I went out to walk, I noticed I was huffing and puffing a bit. I am still not at the level of walking I was at the end of last summer, but, I have to start somewhere. How about you?

The 7B walking program is up and running and needs your support. We are a group of walkers, of all levels, who want to encourage people to get outside, meet new people and start walking. It isn’t about how far you go or how fast you go. It is simply about getting outside and moving. It is simply taking that first step.

Walking groups are available in the morning and evening. (There should be no scheduling excuses.)

May Morning Walking Group meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Travers Park.

May Evening Walking Group meets on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Trail.

Registration is required and can be done at the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Office located at 1123 Lake Street. The fee for the month is $15.00. If you are unable to afford the fee, simply discuss with the Parks and Recreation staff. Or, if your doctor prescribes a walking program for your health, simply bring in a medical note/prescription and the fee is waived.

I am not sure why so few people are taking advantage of the incredible program and if we can’t find community support and participation, the program will be dissolved.

This program has encouraged me to get outside, walk and meet new people and experience Mother Nature.

This week while walking Sand Creek Trail, we noticed a tree that is being munched-on by an industrious beaver and almost ready to fall toward the creek. It is amazing to see how a beaver can fell a tree with such precision. Then, we saw a mother goose, proudly protecting her nest and were also entertained by a variety of birds serenading us while walking.

Relaxing and FUN! Please go to the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation department and register. I’d like to meet you and we can cheer each other on this summer – one step at a time.