A most excellent day to go walking! Bright, clear sky, brilliant, warm sun, clear, fresh air, a slight breeze with no chill in it! I walk or run almost every day and I usually do it in and around the same places in my familiar ‘hood.’ Today, I set off driving to a very well known municipal park in my city but one I’d never visited. I parked in one of the many surrounding lots alongside a multitude of other cars. Obviously a number of others had also decided that today was a glorious day to visit this park.
I was told by a friend of mine, who frequents this park to run and bike, that she has seen tipi ring marks on the grounds here. She also reported that she finds that this park as a unique ‘energy.’ I found the park grassy, with lots of hills, paved paths and lots of water runoff paths. Many people, people with dogs, people on bikes, people running were on the paths. I selected one paved path and began my trek upward. The path leveled off at the top of the large hill that is this park. I had a clear view of the city spread out in the valley with blue, snow-capped mountains beyond and the clear blue sky beyond them. ‘Definitely a change of view for me. It was spectacular.
Along this path that I spotted a Blackberry in the dry grass. Not the fruit kind, the phone kind. Dilemma! Should I pick it up and try to locate the owner, or should I leave it there in case the owner was retracing their steps to find it? What would you do?
I picked it up. Discovered how to unlock the keypad, located the last number dialed in the call history. No answer. I tried the next number in the call history. A female answered. I explained the situation, gave her my info and location, told her I would retain the phone until further instructed. I continued the walk. I was quite warm by now. I took off my gloves and my headband – the kind that keeps my ears warm, not the disco dance kind! The Blackberry rang. It was a gentleman explaining that he and the phone owner were still in the park and we arranged to meet at the lot where I was parked.
Time to cut the walk short – literally. The path I was on continued further along the crest of the hill, but I cut down the hill onto one of the water trails that led more or less directly to my car. Just as I arrived, the Blackberry rang again. They went to the wrong parking lot. I said I would bring the phone to them. Which I did.
I most certainly had an adventure today. I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, the change of scenery and the random phone event. I am definitely going to visit that park again in what is now another of my ‘hoods.’
Day Five: Give $20 (or something) to charity and don’t ask for a receipt.