One Step at a Time – Trail Walking

Hiking Ontario TrailsWheeew!  It’s cooled off.

Finally the days are cool enough to consider a nice long walk and where better to go than the trails.  Yesterday, with new resolve, a friend, my walking poles and a big container of water I headed out for a three hour walk on the Lynn Valley Trail between Simcoe and Port Dover.

I consider myself to be among the fortunate to have miles and miles of old rail trails to walk along wonderful wooded areas beside rivers and streams of Norfolk County.  We have an abundance of forested land in this area and the trails are well used and well kept.  This makes it easy to feel the safety of the path underfoot and the safety of numbers because it is so well used.  Still it is quiet and except for the occasional hello from a fellow traveler or the ring of bicycle bell, all i heard were the sounds nature.

My friend had walked the trail the day before and saw a mother deer and two fawns.  As we walked on Wednesday we saw nuthatches, cardinals and a rabbit.  Some ladies walking from the other direction saw the deer in about the same spot my friend had seen them the day before.  Quick visits from the woodland creatures make me feel a little like I’m in a Disney movie.

I used to be an avid walker, travelling about four miles each day but six years ago I got the dread plantar fasciitis and it sidelined me badly.  The initial injury took its toll but it was followed quickly by hip issues, knee problems and a constantly aching back. The worst is over and while the back still hurts I am determined to get back to walking.  Having someone with me, at least until I get more confident about it again, is a needed bonus.  When I have tried a few times over the past two years to get back at it there were times when I was afraid I wouldn’t make it back home.  That only makes starting again more difficult.

The walking poles are something I bought last winter at a health show and I find they also help with the confidence level.  A bonus with them is they also help build arm strength.  My poles are Nordixx , sold by distributors in my area but there are many other varieties available.

The only thing I need now is some way to carry the water bottle because I can’t juggle it and the poles.  That, good shoes, my cell phone for emergencies, a puffer for when I’m out of breath, sun glasses and I’m good to go.  Back to the walking.  One step at a time and small ones at first.

Find out more about other Ontario Trails or if you live in a different area a quick google search for walking trails should help you out.  If you are in a spot where you have to walk the highways or private farm land please be obey the rules of the road and be sure to ask farmers before you walk.  There are sometimes hunters in our area and it can be dangerous.  


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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3 Responses to One Step at a Time – Trail Walking

  1. I got myself some Nordixx poles as well. Now you have spurred me on to get out there and try them.

  2. Sammy D. says:

    Hmmm I’m not sure why this didn’t come through my Reader yesterday. Will try to ‘follow’ again. I do hope you are able to comfortably hike again – for your sake and mine! Your forested trails will be a nice contrast to my prairie and foothills walks. I never tire of hiking and biking trails.
    I just started hiking again, too, after injury-laden recoveries, and I also use a walking stick – so far one is sufficient but I won’t hesitate to try two. I hate having anything around my waist so no fanny pack for me. Not sure I can go back to backpack either. So far walks are short enough I stuff pockets and carry bottle in hand.
    Somehow – with all our aches & pains, but desire to be active in nature – we bolster each other 😉

  3. Good for you for getting back to walking. When I was younger, walking was a given. I used to walk with purpose, quick, long strides, moving right along. Age, stress, caregiving, and knees have curtailed this activity for me, but I still have hopes of getting back to it “some day.”

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