In my soon-to-be released book, A MAVERICK FOR CHRISTMAS, the hero and heroine take a walk in the snow before and after they go sledding. I remember as a child, walking down the street where I lived with the snow falling, feeling so peaceful. I didn’t want to be out there a long time, but it was almost a surreal experience.
I don’t really like to exercise, but I do like to walk. That’s a good thing because the first two years of my college career, I attended Virginia Tech and I had to cross a drill field several times each day to attend classes. I didn’t realize it, but I was “exercising”. How do I know this? I recently revisited one of my favorite hikes to the Cascades Falls in Pembroke, VA. It sounds like a very reasonable hike. Two miles up. Two miles down. When my husband and I decided to take the hike this past weekend, I thought it should be cake. Same as a big day at an outlet mall, right?
Multiply the steps from the above photo X 20!!! I became acquainted with the harsh reality of my lack of physical fitness. Despite my embarrassing lack of stamina, I was determined to make it to the top to see the magnificent falls. Because they are what makes the hike worth the climb.
I have other favorite places that I have walked. I loved walking Diamond Head in Hawaii because I did it with my parents and my young children, and the view was amazing. I love walking the FLAT sands of Myrtle Beach, SC. I have so many memories from there and the ocean is healing and amazing to me. I enjoyed walking in Paris, Rome, Bellagio and Florence. I find a walk in Times Square fascinating and stimulating.
Sadly, the one place I walk that I don’t find at all fascinating is …. on my treadmill.
What about you? What are some of the favorite places you have walked?
Please watch for A MAVERICK FOR CHRISTMAS, available October 18!