In the first six months, I have had 4,566 page views up to this very minute, with readers from across the United States, as well as such countries as England, Canada, Germany, France, Israel, China, Russia, and the Netherlands (among many others). This look back constitutes blogpost No. 100.
One constant is my faithful walking companion, Sadie the Superdawg. She is an elderly dog now but she has not lost her zest for walking. Moreover, she still lobbies for extending the length of our strolls on cool days.
I also have written a good deal about birds: the Great Backyard Bird Count, Swan behavior, Snowy Egret takeoffs, the fishing Cormorants, the loquacious Mockingbirds, and of course the Cardinals, among many others. I combine dog walking with birdwatching and dub it bird walking. I have also written about the never-ending battle to lose weight, eat right, and generally be as fit a senior as possible. Some special topics have been preparation for cold-weather walking and the occasional joy of walking in the rain.
|Walking Maggie Dog on a Visit to Memphis|
|Brookgreen Gardens: A Walk in Eden|
|Young Dasher: Who Is Learning to Walk on a Leash|
|The Superdawg Taking a Well-Deserved Post-Walk Nap|
Here is wishing a Happy Independence Day to all. On a personal level, part of independence is being able to move out and about freely. It is worth remembering on this July 4 that the author of our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was a zealous advocate and practitioner of long walks. "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" surely encompasses the ability to roam freely in this great land.
© Robert G. Holland 2013