Although I’m clearly not a rugged outdoor woman anymore, I do still enjoy being outside. It’s always been my favorite place. So it occurred to me yesterday as we walked one of the trails at Hagerman that having a camera has given me an excuse for staying outside as much as possible. I no longer hike or fish or swim. We don’t go camping. But watching the birds and other creatures and attempting to capture them for even a moment has motivated me to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I once walked for miles and miles with Gary, all over the Sierra mountain trails. I think back now and wonder why I wasn’t more enthusiastic about talking photos then. Opportunities lost! I suppose our major goal in those days was just “getting there”. It wasn’t always about enjoying the walk. We hiked to precise heights or locations or for specific numbers of miles. Yesterday I was barely able to walk a short trail through the woods near the visitor’s center. But distance or location no longer matters to me. I enjoyed the walk as much as any I’ve ever taken! My companion of almost 44 years was by my side. The squirrels were playing in the trees. The birds were singing. I even had the thought…since we were on the paved path…that someday I might have to take the same journey on one of those motorized scooters. Didn’t make me sad for even a moment. As long as I’m outside I don’t think it will matter how I’m getting around!