Normally, my walk to work is uneventful and unexciting. Friday morning was different: I had to be social for a few minutes and I took a new route.
It started with a guy deciding to strike up a conversation and walk with me for a few minutes. It was first thing in the morning on a quiet trail and he was chatting me up. No, I’m not kidding! Thankfully, I was awake enough to keep up my guard and be non-committal with my chatter. Also, he took the first stairs we came upon (partly because I gave slightly incorrect directions to the nearest Timmy’s – rude, maybe, but I was a walking alone on a quiet trail!).
It threw me off, a bit. By the time I made it to the first fork in my usual route, I was still feeling like I needed to mentally reset myself. I had planned on taking the shorter route, but I took the longer route instead.
I got to the bottom of the hill I climb to get to the Legislature grounds, but I just wasn’t ready. I needed more quiet time. I wasn’t in a rush to get to work (I have somewhat flexible hours), so I veered off in a different direction. I knew the paths, I just hadn’t been on them in a while and I’d never taken that loop to get to work. I did briefly regret the decision when I remembered that there are several fairly steep sections of trail leading up to the High Level bridge, but it was worth it. The extra bit of walking was exactly what I needed and the view as I crossed the bridge was gorgeous.
I’m not sure I could do that route each day, but I’m definitely going to add it to my list of options for cool mornings. Of course, it took nearly twice as long as my usual route, so I’d have to leave a bit earlier, but I’m OK with that.