Shucking Superstition

Friday, April 13, 2012 I am not a superstitious woman. I have a black cat, I’m short enough to walk under ladders, and when I break a mirror, I simply gather the shards and put them in the trash, wrapped so the trash man doesn’t cut himself as he empties the container. I’m not sure I even thought about today being Friday the 13th when I headed out on my now familiar trail for a longer walk this afternoon.

The sky was grey and white, with clouds that sheltered me from the sun but didn’t look threatening in any way. A light day pack accompanied me, with a water bottle, a granola bar,and a tangerine. My newest pedometer (see previous post) was clamped to the waistband of my pants, and the “don’t lose it” clip was properly clipped. Trying to avoid having to buy a fifth pedometer is my first goal. My next one is to walk for three miles toward the western section of the trail, and then return.

A six mile walk/hike should be challenging enough for this late afternoon. The clouds cast a comforting mood over the surroundings, my iPod carried favorite songs to my ears, and my pace felt easy. The boots are still quite comfortable, and I pay attention to the different moving parts of myself, just noting this and that, a twinge, a click in the shoulder, the regularity of my breathing. Nearly six miles and an hour and three quarters later, I was nearly home. I only noticed my surroundings again when I realized that I had gone past the turn to get to my house. Daydreaming about what? I have no idea, but I felt that ease all the way home, and tried not to get too confident about the distance.

I only noticed the toes on my left foot numbing and shooting little pains intermittently. I guess now I have a new reason to visit my REI second home. Tomorrow, I’ll take my boots and socks and visit Kumar, the shoe expert. One bite at a time . . .

About Woodswoman

Writer, educator, psychotherapist, woodswoman. Crave solitude and just walked the Camino de Santiago from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Long-term partner, Neil. Three grown kids, one traveling the world for a couple of years (see, and two in other countries . . . Thailand and Texas! One Golden Retrievers and two cats. Avid reader, looking for 10 more hours in each of my days.
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