Thursday, August 29, 2013

MS Challenge Walk Training Pics

I have been logging many, many miles in my purple sneakers training for the MS Challenge Walk. Ruby has been walking, too, but she also joined her high school cross country team so she is doing more running than walking lately. I sincerely hope she doesn't break into a run on the Challenge Walk. If she does, she is on her own since I have determined that running is not for me. I walk pretty fast (usually a 15-minute mile) but I only run if the train is leaving or someone is chasing me.

Here are some pics from various training walks.

Beach walking

Dusky sky on evening walk

Sunset on a local walk

Walking at the Ponkapaug Bog was challenging and beautiful.

Ducks at Turner's Pond

this bench at Turner's Pond always reminds me of my Dad., not sure why but I love passing it when walking about the Pond.

I love seeing the light change throughout the day at places where I walk regularly

I have a love/hate relationship with walking at dusk. The light is BEAUTIFUL but it means it's getting darker and I may have a hard time seeing on the way back.

Kites on Nahant Beach.

Cattails at Ponkapaug

Beauty at the Ponkapaug Bog on a walk with The Librarian
One of my epic local, getting lost with the Google navigator woman telling me to take U-turns.

The kids and I after a training walk where Z road his bike, I power walked, and Ruby alternated between keeping up with me and whining about how I was too fast. Please remember, this is a girl who RUNS.

I love walking on the bike path. I NEVER, EVER get lost. :-)

Dorchester mural

Turner's Pond. I love meeting Helene and Rebecca for early, early, early walks.

I always say hi to the office park swans on my lunchtime walks.

Monday, August 12, 2013

MS Challenge Walk Training in the Woods

I did an awesome MS Challenge Walk training hike/walk on Saturday. Diane the Librarian took me on on one trail I knew and a few I didn't know in the Blue Hills. Do you want to know a secret about hiking? It's basically walking in the woods. According to my cell phone pedometer, I walked a total of...drum roll, please...

The Boardwalk in the Ponkapaug Bog was gorgeous, we walked through moss, honeysuckle, blueberries growing overhead. It smelled fantastic and the wobbling boards made it exhausting walking.

There's isn't a bad view in the Blue Hills. I feel incredibly blessed to live so close to such a beautiful natural setting.

  I love taking photos of reflections.
The bog boardwalk went on forever. We wondered about who maintains the boards. I pictured volunteer carpenters lugging boards out to the bog.

Cattails growing by the Ponkapaug Golf Course. The Librarian was not amused when I threatened to yell "Four" (or is it "Fore?" at the golfers.

The boards on the bog boardwalk were very wobbling. I understood why Zane came home with wet shoes after walking there with a bunch of kids from the AMC Camp.

Waterlillies and other nameless, but beautiful flowers growing wild in, on, and around Ponkapaug Pond.

We started and ended our hike at an Elementary School parking lot at the edge of the Blue Hills. I made Diane pose for this picture because I was exhausted by the end of our walk and wanted to rest for a minute. We were definitely idling.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The Ride to the Bracelets

I love my job but I have a very long and sometimes difficult commute to and from work everyday on The Ride, which is the Boston-area public transportation service for people with disabilities (a.k.a. The Short Bus).  I started Tweeting to pass the time today. If you're on Twitter and are interested in reading my Tweets from The Ride follow me: @TheRideTales. Today was kind of boring, but I swear it's not always that way! I've been entertaining my Facebook friends with my crazy stories for a couple years. Maybe The Ride heard I was tweeting about them and they shaped up their act today. The power of social media!

Although my commute home was only an hour and 20 minutes today (it's been as long as 2 1/2 hours), I came home kind of worn out. I was thrilled to walk in the door and find a package addressed to me!  Who doesn't like presents in the mail? Inside today's package was a plethora of "Join the Movement" bracelets from Aileen at the Greater New England Chapter of  The MS Society. I plan to sell them for $1 each at our 8/31 Yard Sale to benefit the MS Challenge Walk.

If you live in my area, and want to drop off stuff for us to sell at the yard sale, drop me a line! 100% of the proceeds will go to our fundraising goal for Fish Out of Water, our MS Challenge Walk team.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Good Orange Morning!

Orange is the color of MS Awareness. Ruby and I will be getting orange mani/pedis for the MS Challenge Walk in just 31 days.

Here are some orange tunes to get you in the mood:





Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

MS Challenge Walk Fundraising Progress

Ruby and I are hard at work training and fundraising for the MS Challenge Walk on Cape Cod, September 7-8. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and family, our Fish Out of Water team has reached the 20% milestone on the way toward our goal of raising $3000 for the MS Society!

Have you made your contribution yet? Remember, no donation is too small and, if you have no money to spare, not to worry. We are also happy to receive your moral support in comments, calls, and messages. And, local friends can contact me about dropping off their hand-me-downs and cast-offs for our yard sale to benefit the MS Challenge Walk, scheduled for August 31.