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Around Lake George

Three padded envelopes needed to go out in today's mail and I was looking forward to the 1.5 mile roundtrip walk to the Post Office. Alas, events of the day conspired and there wasn't time to walk and still get there before closing by the time I finished the cover letter and packaged everything up.

I considered leaving my car at the Post Office, walking home and then walking back to get it. That seemed a bit on the silly side even for me, so I used the opportunity to walk in a different direction instead. From the corner of Monson Road and Hwy 19, I headed south on 19 toward Tedore's and Lake George. There's still the sign on the door saying that Tedore's will reopen under new ownership on April 1st, and no sign that it did so, or that it will open again anytime soon. That's not a big deal to me -- I only go there about once a year. But I would like the local economy to support more business rather than less. I hope Tedore's reopens soon.

Leaving the Tedore's parking lot, I walked down the road to the town beach and Wales Cemetery #1. From the beach, I looked at the size of the lake and found myself wondering how long it would take me to walk around it.

It turned out to be 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace including a 10 minute break at Sichol Beach after the first 30 minutes and a few short stops and brooks and other sights along the way. Sichol Beach has been the second (and much nicer) town beach for a few years now and I'd been wondering exactly where it was. It used to be privately owned by the members of the Sichol Colony Beach Association, who bought into the beach as part of the purchase of their homes. They got screwed by their management company -- it pocketed their beach assessments and never paid property taxes on the beach itself. That was the source of much contention at the first and second town meetings I went to. The town took legal possession of the land; the owners sued the town...and lost.

I thought I was about halfway around the lake when I found the beach, but I didn't bargain with just how much of Hwy 19 I'd end up walking along once the lake road reconnected to it. Hmmmm. I'm glad I brought a bottle of water along. Mid-70s is a gorgeous walking temp, but the sun was downright warm during several stretches of the afternoon's exertions.

Several people were fishing from the spot where the lake comes right up to the edge of Hwy. 19, and I passed a family walking over to the lake for a picnic. The swim suits on the girls seemed overly optimistic, but it's hard not to be optimistic on a day like today.

I asked one of the fishermen what they catch, telling him I knew about the Pumpkinseed's, though I misremembered their name as Pumpkinheads. Oops. He said Calicoes, mostly, (aka Calico Bass), though he didn't mention whether they were white, black, or both. Apparently another couple caught a 14-15" Pickerel. Just big enough to turn nasty when you go to take it off your hook, he said.

I drove my walking route before heading home, just to see how far it was including the little side trips up Walker Road and down to Sichol Beach. 3.7 miles. Sweet. A further check of my pedometer confirms that yes, indeed, I do have a 30-inch step, or something awfully darned close to it.

It's a good thing I was walking around the Lake George in Wales, and not the one in upstate New York.

The walk was enough to remind me that my black walking shoes are well beyond their freshness date. I've been aware for awhile that I need to replace them -- it's taken decades for me to understand that just because walking shoes aren't visibly falling to pieces it doesn't mean they're not worn out. Certain kinds of foot pain indicate they're no longer up to the job. (Other kinds of foot and body creaks and pains remind me that I haven't been walking regularly of late, but some are clearly shoe-specific. Okay. I can fix that. With luck and perseverance, I'll fix the walking regularly part of the equation, too.

Chicken is cooking in the rotisserie. I used a commercial rub for chicken and lamb -- garlic, rosemary, spices, and lavender. It's smelling good.....


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Apr. 24th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for the vicarious walk! As usual, when the family is all together, I'm missing my daily perambulation.
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Sorry I've been so busy I didn't even ask what I was missing when you called to see if I was free on Saturday. (That was Saturday, wasn't it?)
Apr. 25th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
It might have been Saturday. We're in a week-long weekend. It's actually longer than a week. We're pretty weak too, except Sarah. Anyway, it was the trip to Southwick's Zoo, and it was a loooong day, so you were probably pretty well out of it. We had an extra ticket. (Still do, actually -- since we had passes, we didn't stand in the line to buy tickets, and nobody collected them from us. Ethically, we'll throw three of them away, or else just lose them in a pile of stuff somewhere.)
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely walk. In another week and a half, perhaps we can go find somewhere else to walk out that way...more green, more flowers. (Tomorrow's the last day of classes...finals next week. Yippee skippee!)
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Sounds good! (The walk, the last day of classes, all of it.)

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is about 2 miles west on Monson Road, and is really quite lovely. There are real paths rather than the bushwhacking required to explore my own woods (though I do hope to go exploring further along the pipeline right of way back there sometime this spring).
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Do you wear extra supports in your walking shoes? Being flat-footed with mismatched feet to boot, I have Superfeet in my shoes. They help, but yes, you're right, I gauge when it's time to replace shoes by how my feet feel rather than how the shoe looks.
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I don't use extra supports in my real walking shoes. There are heel gel inserts in my monkey shoes -- I have them left over from the plantar fasciitis I had back in 2000.

I broke a bone in my left foot 10 years ago. Between that, age, and weight, I've become considerably more aware of how my feet are feeling and how I use them. I'm fine as long as I wear shoes around the house and replace my walking shoes when they start feeling like this.

Then again, I haven't talked to a doctor about anything foot-related since my Minnesota doctor heard me describe the plantar fasciitis pain and immediately said, "I have a hand-out for that." Sure enough, he did, and the advice and exercises on the handout helped me recover from that more quickly than many sources seem to suggest is likely. I've just changed doctors; maybe I'll make a point of talking about my feet when I see her this fall.

Thanks for mentioning foot supports!
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
The Chain Pickerel is one of the smaller members of the Pike family of fish that contains Northern Pikes and Muskellunge. In Manitoba the name Pickerel is applied to the Walleye Pike, which is a very good eating member of the Perch family.
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
In Manitoba the name Pickerel is applied to the Walleye Pike, which is a very good eating member of the Perch family.

Fish names and their related families bewilder me. I know all four of those words. I might even know that Walleyes are Pike. Then we hit "Pike are in the Perch family" and I'm lost, even before we get back to your point that in Manitoba you call those fish Pickerels.

'Cause to me a Perch is a fish my dad used to catch and that we used to have for supper. . Yellow Perch and Rainbow Trout and Bluegills. And Smelt during Smelt season. Yum.
Apr. 24th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Walleye Pike is sometimes just called Walleye but they are not really Pike... they are related to Perch.

I don't mind eating Perch but they tend to get a bit too wormy for me.
Apr. 24th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I was going to say "I love Lake George", but then realized I wasn't recognizing any of the details...
Apr. 24th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yep. I continue to be amused by the naming conventions of my community here in the boondocks. I live in Wales (the one in Massachusetts). Most of the town's residents live around Lake George, which also serves as the town's primary recreational outlet.

I'm almost surprised that the wildlife sanctuary is named "Norcross" rather than "The Everglades" or somesuch.
Apr. 24th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the mind pictures!
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
The New Balance factory in Lawrence is currently having a 20% off sale (this month) at their factory store (not far off I-495, next to the river).
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