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Go for a walk … outside

I went for a walk Saturday morning.

Actually, let me amend that: I went OUT for a walk Saturday morning.

For the last few weeks, my walking has been done at CN Centre and Pine Centre Mall, mainly because I was leery of the sidewalks around where I live being slippery.

Saturday morning, however, I decided to take my life into my hands, especially since the temperature had been above zero for several days and the sidewalks looked pretty well bare of snow and ice.

I set out from my apartment at 5:30 a.m., well bundled up since I have a bit of a cold (and yes, it’s a cold and not something else. I’ve had the cough part of it for well over a year, and it’s a ‘wet’ cough).

Not too surprisingly, I saw very few other people on the roads at that hour. In fact, I only saw one other person, and he was within half a block of a coffee shop, carrying two coffees. Using my keen reporter instincts, I decided he had been out on an early-morning coffee walk.

There were a few vehicles out and about, which is normal not matter what time you’re out in Prince George. I go in to CFIS about 4:15 a.m. five days a week to do the weather and the Morning Citizen, and I always see a few vehicles on the roads.

I walked from Fifth and Tabor down to 15th, then down to Ospika. Heading back on Ospika, I decided to vary things a bit, so I turned on Rainbow (by Ecole Lac de Bois) and used some of the backroads to get back home.

It was nice to get outside and walking again. I like walking at CN Centre and Pine Centre but, especially at CN Centre, the scenery doesn’t vary. I’ve thought about trying to memorize the order of all the photos they’ve got up from different events that have been held there, but that would be tough, especially since there are a couple of performers who have more than one picture up.

One other thing about the walk Saturday morning that was different than a lot of the other outdoor walks I’ve done over the years. I don’t know if it was because it was 5:30 a.m., but I didn’t have a single dog bark at me. I’ve gone for walks at about 7 a.m. and had dogs bark at me, so maybe they were all still inside.

Then on Sunday I woke up, saw the snow on the ground, and decided to try it again.

A very short walk, though, because although the sidewalks were still pretty good, any time you crossed a street, you had no idea where the ice might be.

I’ll wait a couple of days, and try it again. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, well, there’s always CN Centre or Pine Centre.


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