Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:00 am
One aspect of taking walks is to revisit. If you hike in the same place over time, you’ll see a succession of wildflowers and wildlife through the seasons – which butterflies are in flight, which birds overwinter… Slow and quick walks each have their own unique viewpoint.
Begin with an hour-long walk and start slow. Pick a city or county park, and you’ll have a place to stash your car and maps from the library to guide you. Terrain that has a mix of features such as woods, open grassland, river shore, and weedy parking lot transition is the kind of place with much diversity of life.
Plants and animals like edges. Rainwater can be retained at the edge between rocks and meadow, benefiting plants and animals. Walk slow along a shrubby fence-line to see birds and insects close-up! Little blue butterflies love the Spokane River shore plants that thrive between the beach and upper flood plain.
Take a friend, a small backpack with snacks, water, and a cell phone. Take time to look close to see what you might see! Take deep breaths and do some stretching before and after. Keep going back to see each season unfold!