Today was a lovely day for a walk in the woods. I don’t usually see anyone else on the trail, but today I passed many people.
One shoe on, one off,
she stumbles, preoccupied —
wooded path forgives
I also passed a couple in their forties perhaps, both wearing shorts. The man looked concerned, leaning toward the woman, who was talking on her cell phone in great agitation. As I passed she was saying, “What gets me is that it’s 30 minutes of my time.” She said this as she walked along a beautiful lane that is canopied by trees, Vestal’s Gap Road, which I’ve blogged about before.
I also passed a number of high schoolers who were loping along. This is where the Park View High School cross-country team runs, the properties adjoin. We nod as we pass. I recognized some of the kids from last year.
Near the historic Lanesville House I saw a family of four complete with stroller. The dad was lifting a little girl in pigtails to see inside the reconstructed schoolhouse made of squared beams.
Soon we will be serenaded by the sounds of the Marching Band, who rehearse in the adjoining ball field. But for now, it is quiet.