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Creative Walking

Updated on May 31, 2013
...a shock of naked blue...
...a shock of naked blue... | Source

My Walking Program for 2013

Days Walked
Elapsed Days
% of Days Walked
68
120
56.7
Miles Walked
Goal
% Towards Goal
364
1000
36.4
Weight on 01/01/13
Weight on 05/01/13
% of Weight Loss
228
216
5.3

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker

Always be a poet, even in prose. ~ Charles Baudelaire

May 1, 2013. Seven minutes before 8 AM. I'm dictating these notes to my brain.

The temperature is surprisingly cool for this time of year. The air is crisp. Menthol crisp.

What can I tell you about the sky? It is a shock of naked blue--not a cloud to hide behind except in the distance, about twenty miles away, where a group of them, fleecy sheep before the shearing, hover like marshmallows over the stoic foothills and snow-capped mountains.

The sun has full range to play in the baby blue canopy. It plays peek-a-boo with me now through the leaves of a gigantic maple tree that leans, too liberally, I fear, over the sidewalk.

Less than a hundred steps into a ten-mile walk this morning, it's clear to me--very, very clear--that loneliness is a familiar companion on these long walks. He's that little mongrel pup that refuses to stay home, having instantly bonded with me the moment I weakened when I looked into its soulful eyes and gave him a bowl of milk. Never mind the metaphors; this pup is as real as it gets. I should know.

I wax creative when I walk.

Dogwoods Abound in Walla Walla
Dogwoods Abound in Walla Walla | Source
A Bug's Eye View
A Bug's Eye View | Source
Here's to More Fluid Writing
Here's to More Fluid Writing | Source

...my writing builds a bridge...

To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. ~ Stephen Covey

Transplanted here in the mainland, my writing builds a bridge connecting me with the islands. As I walk along this bridge that I've fashioned with my passions and my dreams, I encounter the most beautiful, talented, and charismatic writers. We walk together for a season, and in the exchange, I discover something new and provocative--another piece of the puzzle, as it were--that I add to all the other pieces until, finally, the tapestry of my life is complete.

The gifts I receive from other writers in this literary sojourn transcend the written word. Every now and then, I am blessed to have my soul touched by theirs, and it gives me hope that when we, as Hamlet eloquently put it, have shuffled off this mortal coil, the story doesn't end. Instead, it simply finds its genesis in a new chapter.

Provocative Monolithic Structure
Provocative Monolithic Structure | Source
I have a preference for water that is always moving.
I have a preference for water that is always moving. | Source

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Freshly Furrowed Field
Freshly Furrowed Field | Source

...we build this magnificent tsunami of goodwill.

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. ~ Brene Brown

It was nearing the midnight hour last night. I'm always conscious of the enormous demands the long walks in the morning exact upon my body, so I needed to get to bed. Still, I wanted to respond to comments on one of my articles from fellow hubber and health/nutrition expert, Rajan Jolly.

I wrote: My friend, I know you are well acquainted with the physical properties of water, especially when something has disturbed it. Our mutual friend, billybuc, has inspired me with his movement to make a difference for the good. You inspire me with your benevolent health and nutrition message. Others inspire me in similar ways. We put all of that energy together, casting the proverbial bread upon the waters, as it were, and from the resulting ripples, we build this magnificent tsunami of goodwill.

For the sake of connection--the ultimate payoff, far more valuable than any currency--a good writer responds as promptly and proactively as possible to the comments his peers have left him. He makes a special effort to comment on the work of other literary artists. He elaborates on the common denominator, that point of relevance that fuels the fire in his belly, that literary umbilical cord of connection that inspires, motivates, propels us to artistic heights we had not deemed possible.

Writing might be a loner's sport, one in which the individual agonizingly tills the rocky and infertile synapses of his brain, but in the end, he looks to his home team for affirmation.

It is one of the sweetest paradoxes I know.

And as I walk, each step linked with the thousands of steps before it, forging a brotherhood of miles until I return, full circle, back home, I am even more convinced of the parallel between one activity and the other. Writing and walking, having once been separated at birth, are reunited in creative synergy.

Bovine Beauties
Bovine Beauties | Source
Morning Walks Burn Calories All Day Long
Morning Walks Burn Calories All Day Long | Source
A Field of Walla Walla Sweet Onions
A Field of Walla Walla Sweet Onions | Source

...a lofty resolution...

If you would continue to be alone for a long time, amblingly swinging your legs for many miles and living in the present, then you will be rewarded: thoughts, good ideas, plots for novels, longings, decisions, revelations will come to you. ~ Brenda Ueland

In December of 2012, when I committed to paper my goals for 2013, one of my aspirations was to walk 1000 miles. It seemed a lofty resolution at the time, but I'm pleasantly surprised to have thus far adhered to the plan.

That said, the G-mark pales in comparison to what our pioneer writing mentors accomplished. William Wordsworth, the major English Romantic poet is said to have walked 175,000 miles in his lifetime. 175,000 miles? Doing the rough math, assuming that Wordsworth walked for 65 years (ages 15 to 80), that works out to approximately 7-1/3 miles a day. If he walked every day, that came to over 2600 miles a year.

Henry David Thoreau, an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist, constantly went on 20-mile walks through the woods and countryside. Given his work schedule, how in the world did he find the time? Well, for one thing, he never had TV or any of the other contemporary distractions that bedazzle us these days. And unlike me, this hardy outdoorsman was never an accomplished couch potato!

The fact is, thousands of contemporary writers, young and old, published and aspiring, veterans and newbies, thrive on the solitude and meditation that walking affords them. We're rediscovering, you see, the age-old secret of how to prime our well of creativity.

Constant movement over a period of time. Not just for today, but for a lifetime.

Walking.

An Apple Orchard
An Apple Orchard | Source
6 Miles into My Walk, I'm Lost--Should I Keep Going, or Should I Turn Back?
6 Miles into My Walk, I'm Lost--Should I Keep Going, or Should I Turn Back? | Source

...play it safe...? Or...sally forth...?

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~ Helen Keller

At about the 6-mile mark of my walk this morning, I began to wonder if I was lost.

As is my custom every few days, I go looking for new routes, not unlike being on a walking Star Trek mission--To boldly walk where no Hawaiian has ever walked before...that sort of thing.

I had to make a decision...and fast.

If I indeed had lost my bearings, I might just end up in Oregon, and I wouldn't make it back home for hours. I was already an hour and a half into a projected two-and-a-half-hour jaunt.

Should I play it safe, turn back, and return on familiar ground?

Or should I sally forth into who knows where?

If we extend the metaphorical relationship between walking and writing, what would you as a writer do?

I'm sixty years old, and I'm doing things I've never done before in my life.

And I'm happier than a five-year-old kindergarten kid in a sandbox!

So, with that in mind, when I come to a point--whether it be in my writing or my walking--where I'm tempted to play it safe, there's really only one true option left for me...

I'M FORGING AHEAD!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Brandi, I'm on my way to find it! Been so busy listing on eBay because we're quickly approaching, as you know, the holiday season. My heart is pulled in polar opposite directions. : ) Thanks for reading this one about creative walking. I'm always glad to hear that others share these resonant chords with me. Aloha, my friend, and thank you so much for being such a wonderful and prolific writer.

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

    Aw these points you make are so true Joe! I really do find inspiration around me. There's nothing to ignite such creativity as taking a walk.

    I wrote a Hub dedicated just to you my friend! LOL I remember you posting a comment recently where you asked me, how do I attack my day! Well, I wrote about it! hehe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Oh, Alisha, you are definitely most welcome! You are spot on about the value of the solitude. With the Man of Steel movie about to be released, I'm moved to make reference to Superman's Fortress of Solitude. A person just needs that special getaway every now and then. When I was young like you, I wanted to be with my wife all the time. (She was definitely more comfortable being alone than I ever was!) In my more mature years, I find that in order for me to contribute a greater share and a higher quality of love to my marriage, I have to be able to be alone in order to find and center myself. The walks are a great way to recharge the battery of self in order to give more to my marriage, my family, my work, and my writing. I remember reading how you're more comfortable alone than you are in a group, and I totally get that. It may be the case that most--not all--writers are in need of personal space and quiet time in order to write more powerfully. I know how much you must miss the islands...I certainly do!...so if my writing and Hawai'i photos and the occasional island music I utilize bring you comfort, I'm thankful. Aloha and mahalo, Alisha!

    Joe

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    alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

    Thank you for taking me on this beautiful picturesque journey! As I was reading your article a quote that I recently came across came to my mind, “The first thing that reading teaches us is how to be alone.” – J. Franzen. I think that walking also teaches us how to be alone and at peace with ourselves and our surroundings.

    Walking is one of the few things that can help clear my head and take me to a place where it’s just me, my thoughts, and the path ahead. A few months ago I was blessed to be able to move closer to a beach on the East Coast. Walking alone on the beach is now my favorite pastime. Sometimes I imagine that I’m back home in Hawaii and it helps me feel connected to my childhood memories. Mahalo for sharing this wonderful article, Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @David Trujillo

    Congratulations, my friend! To have been an writing peer inspiration to you, my friend, is a real honor and blessing. I'm headed to your new hub right now! Aloha!

    Joe

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    David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

    Hellow again @hawaiianodysseus... Joe

    I finally posted my first chapter of a story inspired by this hub. Yes, it involves walking and a jorney around a city. Hope you read it and enjoy, its called "The Rambling Man". - "Having a life with no meaning, a sudden strange dream will embark me on a journey filled with obscure messages."

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sallybea

    I see that you're originally from South Africa, and I imagine there was a lot of picturesque beauty there as well. However, after reading Martie Coetser's recent Hub and learning about the awful reactionary killings of tens of thousands of Boere, I am moved to say that I'm thankful you and your loved ones are safely situated in Norfolk. You have a wonderful talent and a great array of niche topics to write about, and I look forward to your next article. Aloha, my friend, and mahalo for gracing my Hub with your presence, engagement, and wonderful comments.

    Joe

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

    Aloha Joe, thanks for the helpful tips. I simply must stop trying to pin those little yellow sticky notes to my brain! That method is not working well. Strange that you should mention the idea of writing about Wells-next-to the sea in particular. It is a stunning area which I visited only a week ago! I never tire of the calm beauty around here. My computer has a nice little folder in it of images from this area, just waiting for a few spare moments to do something special with them. So little time and so many things to do but who knows ...! Have a great day Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @David Trujillo

    I remember years ago--42 for my son from a first marriage; 27 for my son from this marriage; and 21 for my daughter--talking to each of them while they were still in the womb, and then, after they were born, carrying them for hours. I think of you now, walking while laboriously carrying your baby son, all the while merging observations of things and people you encounter during your walk with the Hub ideas circling around in your head... I am filled with respect and awe for you. Your son will be very, very close to you because of the bonding you are diligently and lovingly doing with him now. Blessings and aloha to you, my friend!

    Joe

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    David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

    @hawaiianodysseus

    Hello again my friend. I would like to tell you that this article inspired me to take a walk this afternoon. Taking really long walks used to be my greatest passion, and together with my friends we discovered fascinating mountain trails around our city, Medellin - Colombia.

    I have abandoned these trekking experiences since I met my girlfriend. She is not an outdoor person and I found myself hanging only with her.

    But with no job and a baby son that seems to enjoy long walks with me (painfully carried while he learns to walk), I´ve decided to merge my hub writing with my walks around the city and countryside. I´m still in the process of writing my first story, but I´ll sure to let you know when its ready.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sallybea

    Sally, I know what you mean. I always have my iPhone with me to call my wife should I ever need to, and with that comes the luxury of being able to take lovely photographs. Later, these digital images also help trigger the thoughts associated with each captured scene. Another mnemonic device I use is assigning a letter of the alphabet to something I need to recall later. For example, if I see a cloud that vividly reminds me of Margaret Thatcher, I'll memorize the abbreviation Mt. (mountain). Later in the walk, I might encounter a dead opossum; a giant, rusty anchor used as a decorative piece at the edge of someone's property; and an empty keg in a ditch. The corresponding first letters would be O, A, and K...I would thus have Mt. Oak. Little mind games like that come easy to me because of the invigorating and sense-enhancing walk. I can see you having the most delightful walks along Wells-next-the Sea and the River Wensum in Norwich. I would love to read the Hubs you may someday write about these areas...and more...in Norfolk. Thank you for stopping by to walk a few miles with me this morning. Aloha from SE Washington state, Sally!

    Your new Hub friend,

    Joe

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

    Love this Hub, some of my best creative ideas come to me when I am outdoors walking - even if it is when I am pushing along a lawnmower. That of course comes with one draw-back - I don't usually have a pen or pencil to hand! Funny how those great ideas come so quickly and are gone just as quickly if you don't write them down immediately.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Aw, Christy, that is so STEVIA of you to say! (I'm really trying to stay away from sugar, but she is one stubborn femme fatale...shades of Glenn Close and Michael Douglas!). Anyway, I'm meandering, and I'm not even walking. Must be getting tired. LOL! Seriously, there really is an umbilical cord between walking and writing. God must have been walking when He created the earth. You really said it well: "...creativity swells during my walks..." I return from my long-distance walks staggering like Captain Jack Sparrow, drunk with all that picturesque beauty and pregnant with images that need to be birthed onto the laptop screen. Drunk...pregnant...hmm, if I can just work those adjectives into a future Hub!...In any event, I wish you a wonderful rest of the week. Aloha and mahalo for your creative comments and loyal support! (About the Kardashians...Christy, I would love to watch a ChristyWrites reality show...now that would be a TV series of substance! I'm just saying...)

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    What an inspiring hub, Joe! I love to walk and love to write - they are among my fave things! How did you know this lol. I often find creativity swells during my walks. It is great :) I enjoyed the virtual walk with you as I near the end of my day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Arun Kanti

    Hi, my friend from Kolkata! There is definitely a creative umbilical cord between walking and writing. In a sense, are we not connected to Mother Earth as we wander through her vast expanse? People of our generation, Arun, remember what it was like before the high tech gadgetry, when our minds were challenged to depend less on things to keep us entertained and to use all of our senses in the symphony of life. Thank you for visiting, my friend! Have a blessed and memorable weekend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

    Joe-What an awesome hub! I also find much pleasure in walking for a long time and now realize that such exercise imparts the favorite stimulant offering several things developing into great writing ideas. Thank you very much for providing such wonderful inspiration to us.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @DDE

    You're absolutely spot-on, my friend. It isn't the distance or the time spent that matters--it's the intent, it's the journey itself--and if one should discover just one more new thing about Mother Earth and/or about oneself, the journey was well worth the effort. Thank you for walking with me via this Hub. Aloha, Devika! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Joe

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Walking is such a teat for me even if it is a twenty minute walk I always feel good when among nature. The most beautiful thoughts here. We should pay more attention to ourselves and our surroundings, definitely something for thought.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Hi, Mary! Thank you so much for your gracious words. You know that I'm one of your biggest fans, late to the sixties party in Tillson but always willing to be the last to leave! LOL! It's a pleasure to learn from as well as help each other on this ascent of Mt. HubPages. Lot of changes along the way, but we baby boomers are just stubborn diehards--just like in the Flower Child days, we simply just don't know any better or could really care less about the hassles--we just burn our bell bottoms and wear our bras...wait, I got that backwards! Anyway, you know what I mean, and I'm glad I got you laughing, young lady! By the way, where's Snow White? I know you have her. She owes my posse, the 7 short dudes, some rent money, and skipped town. Ah, these young people nowadays...not a lick of responsibility...oh, wait, that's like us back in the love-in days. Oh, my, better stop now before I have both feet in my mphxiwiennpcnr mouth. (Sorry about the mumbling...was just having a breakfast of words.) Aloha, dear friend! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, aminahchahine!

    I'm confident that you have many beautiful places to walk at in Cameroon, and I hope you'll share a hub or two, If and when you do, maybe we can link our hubs. We might just start a walking revolution for our lovely planet. Thanks for stopping by, aminahchahine! Aloha! Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    You certainly are forging ahead! Master of metaphor, more descriptive than a list of adjectives, able to walk many miles in single trekk...look at the computer, at the roadside, its you, Hawaiian Odysseus!

    Your writing is not only heart felt but such a pleasre to read. I have so much to learn from people like you who are focused and dedicated. Thank you for all your hubs.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Elias Zanetti

    Oh, my goodness! It just now dawned on me...my pen name is derived from your culture! What was I thinking? Thanks for triggering that wake-up thought! I love the epic Greek tales, and as a Polynesian, I revel in the common denominator that our cultures share--the sea. I'm with you on that quest, my friend! We'll walk together! Aloha!

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    Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Dear Hawaiianodysseus, I find your post very inspiring. I pretty much appreciate the poetic subtleties that you master so well, the cultural references and, last, but not least, those very nice photos! Great post! I say, we ought to pursue our quest, just like Odysseus taught us! :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @mercuryservices

    Mahalo, Alex, for connecting solidly with me. I love what you shared of yourself here in the comments. I love your style and your unique writer's voice--so refreshing. Rest assured, my friend, that we will walk together, along with our fellow spirited writers. You know, I'm thankful we live in a marvelous era when we can share our soul signature with so many in the span of a heartbeat. Each of us here in this literary community is unique, and yet there's a collective ambience that feels powerful and urgent.No better way to describe it than how our pacific forefathers did--OHANA. Aloha, Alex, and I'll see you at the next hub!

    Joe

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    Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Aloha Joe, this hub flows perfectly and it was a breezy, enjoyable read. There's definitely a huge connection between walking and writing, I think. They are both journeys as you pointed out and many of the best writers have also been fans of long walks. Walking is also a great stimulator of conversation, too, when you walk with someone. And that's the cool thing about HubPages. Writing a new hub is like walking alone, but the communal part of it (reading hubs and commenting, etc.) makes it kind of like we're all having a conversation as we walk down the road-to-ultimate-writerdom together. And I'm glad that we found each other on here, so that we can keep having that conversation and help each other keep forging ahead. It's truly an honor. Cheers!

    -Alex

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you.

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    nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

    I love the title.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Walking really loosens and stretches the mental muscles. It unleashes new ways of looking at things, and it often disinhibits me, I think it's very important that a writer not be mentally constipated. LOL!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Walking and writing absolutely go together. There's nothing better than a solo wall to get the mind moving. Loved the pictures. Beautiful, awesome, interesting hub. Oh, up also

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Eiddwen

    Welcome back, Eddy! I hope you know you were sorely missed, but you came back in an array of living color! Wasn't it nice that we both had hubs about the same time that began with a lovely photograph of the sky? : ) Thank you for writing, walking, inspiring, and faithfully supporting your fellow Hubbers! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! Blessings and aloha!

    Joe

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful hub Jo!!Interesting,beautiful,useful and so very inspiring!! I have had discs removed from my back so I make sure that as well as writing that I also walk daily and keep mobile and ease th back pain. A wonderful title too Jo.

    Have a wonderful weekend and so nice to be back.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Thank you, Rajan! Yes, indeed, walking has really added a dimension to my writing. It does take a chunk out of my day, however, so I have to especially be careful to plan well and budget my time accordingly. I appreciate your great support and attentiveness. Blessings and aloha from Walla Walla to Mumbai, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Joelle, what you said makes perfect sense. Walla Walla does sound Hawaiian. LOL! A lot of the city names in Washington are Native American. Walla Walla means "place of many waters." I recently learned that it's also a Jamaican term for "rolling around in" as in mud, dirt, etc. It's the name of an Australian sports team. Wow! One could write a hub on this unusual name alone! Ha-ha! At the end of the day, it's still "the place so nice, they named it twice!" Aloha, and have a nice day, Joelle!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Joe, creativity and walking go hand in hand, and I've seen quite a few writers and poets, who excelled in their craft, walking at unearthly hours.

    I'm glad you are on track with your walking schedule and thanks for providing such beautiful glimpses of nature with these awesome and adorable pictures.

    Aloha, my friend and have a great day!

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Hi Joe!

    I knew you were talking about Washington State and I was pretty sure that most of your pictures were from that state but I should have research the name Walla Walla; when I saw that beautiful picture of the pink tree and the name Walla Walla, I assumed that it sounded Hawaiien!

    Have a great weekend.... and best of luck with your walking :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Radcliff

    Hi, Liz! You are definitely an early bird! I fell out early last night, woke up a little after midnight, and now here I am. I want you to know that I was in the process of writing a response to your comments when I discovered that what I was saying might just be the foundation for a new hub. So, unbeknownst to you, I found great inspiration in your gracious comments today. Wish me well as I forge through the agony and ecstasy (more of the latter, I hope!) of following the muse...who happens to look a lot like you this morning! LOL! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    I'm glad to see you found your way back!

    You paint such beautiful pictures with your words. It really feels like I'm right there with you.

    I find that I often come up with my best ideas while riding my bike. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to take notes when you're up on two wheels!

    Thank you, Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Thank you for your wonderful and uplifting words. Actually, this walk took place in SE Washington state where I presently live. My hubs about the islands are nostalgia-driven. I ramble all over, and thus it's hard to keep track of me. : ) Thanks for stopping by! Aloha!

    Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    I love your pictures! As soon as I saw the first one with the beautiful blue sky I was in awe! Your picture with the dogwoods is wonderful too! Spring must be very nice in Hawaii with all those pink trees!

    Good for you to continue walking. May be you could use a tape to record your thoughts as you go ... and write your hub when you come back :-)

    Have a nice weekend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Thank you, Tom, for the compliments and good wishes. I certainly meant it when I dedicated this hub to all the other wonderful writers on HubPages, including you, my friend! In a sense, we're all on this marathon walk called life, and the best we can do is to give generously of ourselves to each other. In that regard, thanks for the terrific connection, my friend. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend enjoyed this well written article about your trek very much and the stunning photos illustrate this hub beautifully . Wishing you all the best and much success in reaching the 1k mark .

    Vote up and more !!!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billbuc

    Hi, Bill, and a beautiful good morning to you, my friend! You, of all people, need that very special recreational break now and then. We, your peers and fans, appreciate all the great work you've put into your writing and connecting with people. The batteries need to be recharged every so often, though, to keep us at our peak performance levels, so--yes!--by all means, enjoy your hike, my friend! Thank you for all your teaching, example-setting, and inspiration! Aloha, and I'll see you at the next hub!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @EvanWright

    Hi, Evan! Thanks so much for the kind words and moral support. The walking and writing are joined at the hip, it seems, and I'm A-okay with that! Best wishes for your continued success, Evan! I love your hubs, especially the online auctions-related ones! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    "Always be a poet, even in prose"....well, that perfectly describes this beautiful reflection. My goodness you are getting to be such a good writer. This is my favorite to date. You captured the essence of writing in this classic. Well done, Joe.

    Loved the pictures...looks just like Walla Walla to me. You have me inspired to take off on a hike of my own. The mountains are calling me my friend, and I really need to answer the call.

    Thanks for the inspiration this fine morning.

    Aloha,

    bill

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    Evan Wright 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    Great hub Hawaiian! Nothing like finding a way to exercise the body, mind, and soul while enhancing your writing skills. Congratulations on your success so far and good luck getting to the 1k mark!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Thank you so much, my friend, for your uplifting words! That's very interesting, what you shared about "creative non-fiction." I, too, had never heard that category heading before, but it makes perfect sense. That said, it might be fun someday to venture forth into fiction land. Kinda like experiencing a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde transition and becoming a persona completely different than our creative non-fiction selves. Food for thought, anyway! So, my friend, when are you planning to start your novel? I get first dibs on reading the rough draft, okay? : ) Thanks for stopping by, Karen! Have a great one!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Hi, Jim, and good morning to you! The weather is absolutely gorgeous here in the Walla Walla Valley...surprisingly chilly at night for this time of year, but it makes for glorious daytime activities. Dealing with the dandelions has become a full time occupation over here. Ah, well, they were here first! : )

    The only way I record my thoughts is through the experience itself and committing as much as I can to memory. Reviewing the photos I take help immensely with thought-association. I don't believe in doctoring up photos, so I was really happy that the colors came out true to life, just as I experienced them.

    Thanks so much for your loyal support. I especially am grateful that you graciously applaud my weight loss efforts. I'm really trying.

    Take care, and have a memorable day, Jim!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    This was an interesting peek, not only into your mind but your soul as well. I had no idea that either Henry David Thoreau, a long time hero of mine, nor William Wordsworth, walked as much as they did. That was quite interesting knowledge that you imparted to your readers. And I love your descriptions of things. So GOOD and on target. I have been reading about different types of writing and I would say you are an extremely good "creative non-fiction" writer. That is a category I had never heard of before I bought those writing magazines during my Barnes and Noble Hub inspiring sojourn the other day. It is a category I enjoy most as well. Congratulations on inspiring so many with your work...and your walks!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Writing and thriving in Walla Walla sounds like what you are doing Joe. This is an essay worthy of E. B. White, who wrote beautiful nature essays, though I don't know if he walked a lot. Really, this one showcases your writing ability so well. Do you record your thoughts as you walk? The photos add much to your narrative too.

    Congratulations on the weight loss program, and keep those miles piling up.

    Jim

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @LKMore01

    Good morning, Lisa! Thank you very much for the inspiration you provided me by way of your commitment to participating in that upcoming special marathon. I look forward to reading your updates on that challenging endeavor.

    The walking has indeed enhanced my writing. I can't measure the change objectively; I just know it in my soul. One thing it does establish for me is this notion that the creative process isn't just what the mind does. One's entire being is involved. When you run/walk in that marathon, if it helps in any way, remember that you are never alone. I'm glad that you get that it's a very connected and collective WE that go on these walks, that share in the experience, that engage in the process...for when I walk, I see hubs everywhere, and I think of specific writers--Bill in Olympia; Karen in Connecticut; Tom and Bill D. in Massachusetts; Jim in Eugene; Mary in New York; WND in Alabama; several others...and now, you...

    Have a wonderful day, my friend! Aloha, and I'll see you again soon on one of these countryside walks!

    Joe

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    "fleecy sheep before the shearing, hover like marshmallows over the stoic foothills ", one of many descriptive examples of why I love reading your writing. We are walking with you. We are all enjoying the gorgeous cloudless blue sky, blood flowing to our brains, the heavenly scent of an apple orchard. I would hug those gorgeous brown eyed cows too! We are with you yet we allow you your moments of soulful solitude. Love this HUB, Joe. And a million thank you's. Peace always.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Good morning! Because I waited until this year to get a firsthand and closeup view of the surrounding countryside, I really don't know my foliage and agricultural crops well enough to identify the names. I am not sure, but I think that was baby wheat in the bug's eye view shot. It is actually a closeup I took along the roadside of the field in the top lead-in photo. The area is saturated with patchwork quilts of farmland and must really be a beautiful sight from an overhead view in an airplane or helicopter. I carry my phone with me just in case of an emergency, but it sure does come in handy when I see something I want to preserve digitally. It truly did capture the essence of the gorgeous sky yesterday morning. Thanks for your continued support and loyal friendship. Best wishes to you and the furry gang, and have a wonderful day! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rebeccamealey

    Good morning, Rebecca!

    Thank you so much for stopping by to read and share in this hub experience. I imagine you must have some beautiful routes of your own in Georgia. Walking certainly enhances one's perspective on life, relationships, and--yes!--our writing. By the way, speaking of writing, I had an opportunity to read one of your blog entries about "brownery." Nicely done! As I asked you in the comments section, have you thought about selling those beautiful craft arrangements on eBay? I think they'd do quite well. If you already have/are, good for you! Blessings and aloha from SE Washington state, Rebecca!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Certainly glad you didn't get lost and made it back home to write this lovely hub.

    I enjoy the pictures and I think out of these, the bug eye view is great. That is a superb caption. Wonder what those bugs were thinking when they spied you spying them with the camera?

    I really need to remember taking my camera away from home because there are magnificient things on this earth I see and I always wish I had my camera. A lot of pictures go on my phone camera, tho that is not the best camera I have.

    Keep strong in your walking and writing. Those both surely go hand in hand for you.

    A great hub to wake up to, to start my day. Thanks.

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Lovely photos. I can see how they would be inspiring to a writer. I too love to walk . I can think better. Thanks for sharing, what a lovely hub!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Rusticliving

    Hello, dear Lisa!

    Oh, I get homesick reading about these familiar locales...although I've been gone from the island home for so long that I'm not quite placing where Kawaihau mini mart is. You are quite the night owl, huh? Me, too. Although I most likely will hit the sack after sending this response off to you. Today was so busy in an unexpected kind of way...the investment of 2-1/2 hours' worth of walking was worth it, though, and I'm glad I didn't get lost and actually found a cool way to loop back into the road I needed to be on. I'm glad you liked my hub, Lisa. Thank you so very much for coming over to visit. Thanks for the cone sushi and the malasadas. Next time, let's go get some Hamura's saimin! : ) Aloha!

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Aloha my sweet Joe,

    When I was still living in Kauai, I would walk 2 miles every day (From the Kawaihau mini mart up to Kapaa Park and back. Love it and really missed it. I have to admit, I haven't done much walking since my move to the mainland until last year when I would try and walk every morning and then ride my bike around the neighborhood in the evening. The one thing I have to always remind myself is that it helps me to focus. Not just on my writing, or my directing, but on what is most important in my life. Any negativity that is in my life seems to vanish. (I need to walk more often) Your hub is beautiful, inspiring, and a great reminder of just how important we are and how much we need to take care of ourselves. BIG mahalo for this hub..definitely shared and voted up up and up! ♥---Lisa