Response Time

I had two recent experiences at the pool, which sharply contrasted each other. How I respond to situations is something of a work in progress for me. I cannot say that I am even doing particularly well, but in taking a moment to reflect, I hope to learn. R has always slightly intimidated me. I…

Playing with the Big Boys

On an off day, and arriving late, my lane was occupied by a pair of medium swimmers who looked like they needed the lane more than me. I joined the Very Fast lane, and hung with the fast guys. All I could think of was the song, Playing with the Big Boys, from The Prince…

Over the Bridge We Go

For the week’s urban hike installment, Pooch, Bestie and I set our sights on the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Note the use of the word island. The only way over, besides swimming or paddling, is to walk across the I-90 Floating Bridge. It is the second longest floating bridge in the world and an official…

Will Walk For Books

Welcome to Independent Bookstore Day 2017, urban hike style! I thought we could cover the middle loop from Greenwood to Downtown Seattle, but we covered the Green Lake Loop in eight hours, reaching five stores. Granted, there was much book browsing and stopping in non-bookstore locales, and, with all of that, it turned into an…

Hitting the Mark

I finally cracked the code! After working on this goal off and on for years, my fellow swimmer gave me a tip: tumble turns. When he was learning how to swim, he was told to touch the wall before turning. That puts you at the perfect distance from the wall for nailing it every time.…

Watch the Sunrise

Google says, “Watching the sunrise outdoors statistically increases your odds of having a good day. And needing a nap after lunch.” I can count the number of times I have watched the sunrise. Despite being an early riser, I am not often outdoors when the sun is rising. I am getting ready, I am driving…