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Walk to Rivendell... and Beyond! June 25

grammaboodawg
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Jun 26, 2:29am

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

I hope all is going swimmingly with you and yours. How are you doing on your Quest? Is there a master plan? A strategy? A gallant outcome? DO TELL!

I finally finished the cutting, stacking and cleanup of my tree adventure a couple of days ago. I was hoping to have some pics for you, but it will be another day or so. I'm sure you're in suspense in shaking with anticipation!!! ;) I'm back to my chimney resurfacing project that was so dramatically interrupted with that 70 mph breeze a couple of weeks ago.

Let us know how you're doing and what you're goals are... even if it's adding another mile or half hour to your routine walk/work/exercise.

Bilbo, Gandalf, Beorn and I are STILL marching along the northern border of Mirkwood. The trees are all looking alike now... and the bugs... and the critters. But don't get us wrong! A lazy, easy, boring trip is just fine with us!!!! :D

Have a Great Week... and I'll see you on the Road!



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grammaboodawg
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Jul 3, 1:49am

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Greetings Fellow Travellers!

WE MADE IT! We're halfway through the year 2020 and the 4th of July is just around the corner! It looks like there won't be many physical fireworks this year. At least here in Michigan. We're seeing 90+ degree weather all week (and all next week) with no rain. So the grass is crispy and the green stuff is crying for relief. Too dry for fireworks and too much for our Covid 19 reality... so next year will be a BLAST! :D Hopefully ;)

I hope you're having fun creating mileage challenges for yourself. You know you can be creative... it's not just about walking or running or *urp* cleaning. I was just thinking my pup Pickle would enjoy an obstacle course to help him burn off some of that very quick, tight energy and speed he has. He likes to run through his doggy door at top speed, tear across the room, rebound off the back of the couch sending him sailing back to the doggy door (still uninterrupted top speed) across the deck and out into his penned yard, BIG Ueee around the tree (like using the moon or sun for slingshot) and racing back to the doggy door to repeat, repeat, repeat his Quest. Trust me. Dogs DO smile! That little guy is having a ball!

So... an obstacle course that I could pretend to run alongside and "keep up" with him. *tests reality* Well... I do, in fact, like fantasy stories... so why not? ;) I'll be done resurfacing my chimney in a few days, so I'll need another distraction to avoid *urp* cleaning.

What would you do if you could create a unique activity to feed your Quest? That's the beauty of our Walk... you can do anything you want to gather up your miles and follow Tolkien's characters as they walk across Middle-earth. DO TELL! How are you doing?

Meanwhile (speaking of Middle-earth), Bilbo, Gandalf, Beorn and I have FINALLY turned south and are starting to follow the edge of Mirkwood's West border on the last leg of our journey to Beorn's home for the rest of the Winter. *sigh* I can feel my toes getting warm at the fire in a comfy chair already!

Take care... have a great and safe holiday weekend... and see you on the Road!



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CuriousG
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Jul 4, 1:12am

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Nazgul: "The dogs howl and the geese scream at them." [In reply to] Can't Post

I will thank the wild geese for keeping my local park Nazgul-free. Walking-wise, I'm still in the Old Forest since I've fallen out of my routine of walking everyday for no good reason. But I've walked the last 2 days with renewed resolve, and the kayak rental shop on the river just reopened, so if I start kayaking again, I'll count kayak leagues and miles toward my walking goals, or maybe I'll save them for my later trip down the Anduin.



These feathery folks are "wild" yet accustomed enough to people walking by that they don't even worry about people photographing their children. I might play a "Twilight Zone" trick on them and offer them a book titled "To Serve Geese" and see if they can translate it. *cue evil laughter*

As usual, I saw the goose and duck families about while the swans were abundant but have sent their children to summer camp. One of these days...

Otherwise, we've been having iillegal fireworks every night in Boston since about June 1, and apparently it's happening all over the country. No idea why, and I don't think they're all that cheap to buy, the ones that zoom up in the sky and look like exploding flowers. No idea when they'll stop, either. However, they don't bother me, maybe because I live be a fire station and hear sirens all day and night, so what's an explosion or two?

Gramma, I hope Pickle is howling at Nazgul as he does his racing track thing and keeps you as Nazgul-free as I am.


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What would you do if you could create a unique activity to feed your Quest?

It's dangerous asking such questions when you have a geek like me around. Having worked for a business school for 10 years, one of my mental activities while walking is wondering how businesses I walk past stay in business in our current times. All of the mom & pop cafes I walk past have stayed open, relying on cheap food and carryout orders. I think fancier restaurants that rely on appetizers, drinks, desserts, etc have had it harder, and I know there are some top notch places in Boston that have shut down for good. I think this is a rare time where the proverbial Little Guy is better suited to survive since they always relied on carryout orders and don't have liquor licenses.

But if that dry-as-dirt activity doesn't put you to sleep, I also look at every plant, bush, and flower and wish I could remember their names like Tolkien and some other authors like Richard Adams could--I just can't keep many names in my head. If I were to write a story where the flora were important, I think it would go like this: "Frodo and Sam lay in the soft, luxuriant grass of Ithilien, known as green grass. They marveled at the yellow dandelions, and the sight of other flowers...uh, dandelions,... brought cheer to their hearts. Sam ran through recipes for rabbit stew in his mind, given the great variety of things growing in Ithilien, such as dandelions...and, uh, dandelions...and Gollum showed up by surprise with a handful of...well, probably dandelions..." Yeah, I'm that bad.


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dernwyn
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Jul 4, 2:43am

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Goes very well with rabbit stew...

I know what you mean about wishing we could recall names of non-common flowers and plants. My house plants are the pink one, the thin leafy one, the one with occasional little yellow flowers, the one that needs a ton of water every two days, etc. Maybe I should name them Shirley, George, etc.

The complaints about fireworks are everywhere! Some small ones are legal here, and vendors say they're flying off the shelves. Tomorrow will be a very noisy night. The poor dogs - and some local Veterans have started complaining, as well! Unsure

Kayaking on the Charles? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBAt-SPosWs


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grammaboodawg
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Jul 4, 12:55pm

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"Frodo and Sam lay in the soft, luxuriant grass of Ithilien, known as green grass. They marveled at the yellow dandelions, and the sight of other flowers...uh, dandelions,... brought cheer to their hearts. Sam ran through recipes for rabbit stew in his mind, given the great variety of things growing in Ithilien, such as dandelions...and, uh, dandelions...and Gollum showed up by surprise with a handful of...well, probably dandelions..."



*applause* I love it!! :D I know dandelions! I like it when they turn into fairy flyers (childhood thing ;) I'm horrible at remembering the names, too. But I love 'em! What are usually called WEEDS are so pretty to me. I'm very lucky not to have allergies with such things... especially since I live in the country where I'm surrounded by all sorts of plant life.

Kayaking is a great way to gather mileage! And you go ahead and apply those miles anyway you like. Even split it up if you start getting a lot in, cuz you're also getting mileage in just walking to them :) *high five*

Geese are mighty warriors. When I was about 9yo, our school group went to the Henry Ford Museum and the grounds/park surrounding it. There was a pond with geese all around. A bunch of us were standing watching them when one decided he didn't like me and ran at me biting my legs! In those days, girls wore skirts, so I got pretty chewed up! Ever since then, I've had a healthy respect for their territory!

Have a great week! :D




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CuriousG
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Jul 4, 4:45pm

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Haha, yes, dirty water indeed! I'm terrified of touching it. [In reply to] Can't Post

I feel akin to the lake before the Hollin-gate in Bored of the Rings:


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...a pond whose surface was covered with a thick oil slick. As they watched, a great, heavy-winged water bird landed in the foul water with a soft plop and dissolved.

Yes, dissolved! That's how toxic the river seems. However, I get minimally wet and wash thoroughly afterwards, so I haven't dissolved yet, or turned into a mutant zombie, or coughed up tentacles from the Creature from the Black Lagoon, so so far, so good.

I'm with you on the plants' names. The big flower thing, the cool flower that looks like a display of Fibonacci sequences, the little flowers that grow all clumped together, the kind that need lots of water or they die easily, etc.

Odd thing about fireworks is that they don't seem tied to any sort of political movement or anything, yet seem coordinated nationwide. I know they can literally drive dogs crazy, so that is a concern, and yeah, triggering veterans is the last thing anyone should want.


CuriousG
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Jul 4, 4:52pm

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It was when the lockdown was really wearing people down, and I went to the park across the street for some fresh air. There was a stressed-out mom, like everyone, with her little boy who was kicking one feathery dandelion head after another to scatter the seed parachutes in the air, squealing with delight each time. I remember he was blissfully unaware of infection rates and grim daily news, just having fun making things fly. So weeds to some, entertainment to others.


grammaboodawg
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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

I hope you're doing well and have some exciting mileage collecting going on :D Although some good, steady mileage on the less dramatic side is nothing to sneeze at, thag you very buch! The whole idea is to just keep moving. So how are you doing? Do Tell!

I'm very sad this week, to be honest. I finished my chimney resurfacing... except for some touching up. I finally had to rent a 28 foot ladder to get to the tippity-top. I had to move fast to drive into town and get the ladder, set it up (big!) finish the last 10 rows of bricks and get the ladder back by 11am. I've been dancing around the average of 98 degree weather for the past 10 days, so starting early (7-11am) and then working 8-10pm helps avoid the sun/heat.

*sigh*

So now I have to move inside and begin the major clean-out clean-up that's been calling to me for months. It's like entering the Dead Marshes. Many dangerous distractions under the surface that will suck me down and drag this thing on forever! But... I'll get through it! I can do this! Uhh... but if you don't hear from me next week, send help!

Meanwhile back in Middle-earth, Bilbo, Gandalf, Beorn and I are still heading south on the western edge of Mirkwood on our way to Beorn's home. FINALLY!

*waves fondly* See you on the Road!




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