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Nothing like a good walk

As frequent readers of my column know, I like to walk for exercise and to give myself time to think.

On Sunday, I had already gone for two walks by about 11 a.m. when I decided to go out for another one. This time, though, I decided to try something different.

I have a few different routes that I use when I walk from my apartment, usually different lengths depending on the weather and how I’m feeling.

This time, I decided to walk along Tabor Boulevard to 15th Avenue, down 15th to Jarvis, and then back home.

It’s one of my usual routes, so I decided to do something I hadn’t done before. The other thing you need to know about my walking is that I sometimes like to walk fast, but I slow down again if I find I’m having to breathe through my mouth.

So Sunday morning, as I set out on my third walk of the day, I decided I was going to try to walk at a fast pace to start and see how far I could get before I had to slow down because I was starting to breathe through my mouth.

I was figuring I would make it most of the way down Tabor, and that would at least give me a benchmark for future walks. I set out at a very good pace and, for the first time on the three walks, saw other people out on the sidewalks.

I kept going at my faster pace, and found I was getting farther than I figured I would. I got to 15th Avenue, turned and headed down to Jarvis.

Turned onto Jarvis, still walking fast and breathing (relatively) easy.

As it turned out, I got almost all the way back home before I had to slow down. It was a very pleasant surprise.

I also saw something that may, in some respects, sum up what kind of a summer it has been in Prince George.

As I left on my walk, I heard the unmistakable sound of Canada geese honking. I looked up and saw a flock of them, flying reasonably low above me.

As I watched, they formed a rather ragged ‘V’, then headed off – north.

I don’t know if that means we’re getting a late spring or if these were just some very confused birds.

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