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I Walked to Another State and Back This Morning

Updated on April 9, 2013

A Look Back, But Only for a Moment

1-Mile Point, Looking North (Direction I'd Come From) at the Southern Entrance to College Place, WA
1-Mile Point, Looking North (Direction I'd Come From) at the Southern Entrance to College Place, WA | Source

xstatic, My Friend, I'm Getting Closer to You!

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is."

~Ellen DeGeneres

Our friend and fellow hubber, Jim (aka xstatic), is someone I'd very much like to meet up with someday in a Eugene, Oregon, coffee shop. He's an interesting character who I'm surmising is quite the conversationalist, judging from the very cool hubs he's written regarding some really unique experiences.

Between his stints as a women's shoe salesman, doing commercial voiceovers, and playing a sheriff in a movie, and my crazy adventures on eBay, we could open and close that coffee shop in one sitting.

I live in the Southern Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest, sporting my crimson and gray WSU colors, and Jim's over there in Duck country wearing UO's yellow and green.

Eugene's only 350 miles away.

Today, I walked 1/70th of that distance--or 5 miles--before returning the same distance back home.

If I keep working hard at it, I might just make it over to Eugene on foot. Either that...or meet up with Ellen's grandmother somewhere.

My Walking Program for 2013

Days Walked
Elapsed Days
% of Days Walked
56
90
62.2
Miles Walked
Goal
% Towards Goal
271
1000
27.1
Weight on 01/01/13
Weight on 04/02/13
% of Weight Loss
228
219
3.9

Putting Things in Context

Walking...is how the body measures itself against the earth.

~Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Sticking with my usual practice at the beginning of each month, I am posting a table highlighting my walking and weight management program.

Getting straight to the point, I gained a pound this month. I make no excuses. This was something I expected, having recently returned from a one-week stay in Kona and Hilo on the Big Island. If this was an item one could put a wager on in Las Vegas, it's a no-brainer! When Hawaiians get together, there's a lot of ono food and beverages to go around.

That's just the way it is.

I did some walking while in Hawai'i, and that helped manage my weight somewhat. Mostly, though, I quit worrying about dieting and had a great time.

But, anyway, let's take a look at the stats.

Speaking of Beverages

One of Dozens of Wineries Within Walking Distance From My Home
One of Dozens of Wineries Within Walking Distance From My Home | Source
Sun in My Eyes, or the Result of Wine Vapors?
Sun in My Eyes, or the Result of Wine Vapors? | Source
Appropriate Roadside Decor
Appropriate Roadside Decor | Source

Place of Many Waters

What Are These Guys Doing?
What Are These Guys Doing? | Source
The Creek Sings a Lullaby
The Creek Sings a Lullaby | Source

Aptly Named

Walking in the morning takes you to beautiful places where light and shade make love.

~Professor Mohamed Shareef

In the local Native American linguistics, Walla Walla means Place of Many Waters. The indigenous inhabitants were referring to the delicious water flowing from the majestic snow-capped Blue Mountains as well as the abundant deposits in artesian aquifers, of course, but my recent walks through the Walla Walla Valley indicates that the aboriginal name could also be synonymous with Place of Many Wineries.

Indeed, today, there are more than 100 wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. I happened to be fixated on Basel Cellars only because it was situated along the route I walked today. Long driveways behind gated entrances lead up to this magnificent real estate site that's perched on top of a huge mound. Whether that mound existed naturally or was created specifically for the estate of the previous owners, I'm not sure. What I am certain about, however, is that this is the most expensive real estate in all of eastern Washington.

From my vantage point, all I could see were the huge fields and the immense mound in the middle. I could barely make out the tops of the buildings on the mound. But check out the accompanying video to get a closer look at this magnificent winery estate.

Adjacent to and south of the huge property, a lovely creek meandered in a roughly east to west direction. I saw these two men standing on a small boat that was tethered to the bank by strong ropes. A rotating drum filter hummed in the middle of the vessel. The two men were using what appeared to be handheld scoop nets to periodically capture whatever was being filtered in that huge drum.

At first, I thought that they might be panning for gold. But that would be improbable, considering that news about something like that would travel fast and consequently bring hordes of panhandlers and looky-loos to the area. I then reasoned that these guys might be from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, conducting fish counts.

As far as I was concerned, either scenario worked just splendidly for me.

Another Roadside Casualty

A Beautiful Winged Creature Rests Eternally in the Morning Sun
A Beautiful Winged Creature Rests Eternally in the Morning Sun | Source

Why I Walk; Why I Write

I walk that I might have something to write about.

I write that I might have something to walk about.

~Hawaiian Odysseus

A few months ago, I wrote a hub about holding my young daughter and taking her outside. It was a special and magical once upon a time when a father is still his daughter's very own superhero. Gazing up into the tall spruce tree on the bank of the creek that runs past our house, I spied a little wood owl. I pointed him out to my little girl until she was finally able to see him, camouflaged as he was in his woodsy browns and grays.

We called the little owl, Keoki, Hawaiian for George.

I wanted to share this with you. So that you'd know I wasn't being morbid photographing a dead owl.

I just happen to miss what Keoki symbolized for me...that very special season in a father's life when his little girl looks at him in awe. You know, that certain incredible look that says it all--Daddy, how in the world did you know that an owl would be up there in the tree for us to see today?

In the natural, my mind tells me that this bird lying still on the ground isn't Keoki.

In the spiritual, my heart soars knowing Keoki is free to find another spruce tree, sublimely primed for another encounter with a father being a superhero to his little girl.

What Lies Just Beyond the Bend?

I Love Bends in the Road
I Love Bends in the Road | Source

Do I Miss Cars?

When I walk, I love it when there are no vehicles around.

I don't miss cars at all.

But I love it more that they miss me.

~Hawaiian Odysseus

I love bends in the road. I'm more often than not surprised by what's just around the corner.

Cool Things Just Beyond the Bend in the Road

An Exceptionally Tall Tree
An Exceptionally Tall Tree | Source
A Young Cow Sticking Its Tongue Out at Me
A Young Cow Sticking Its Tongue Out at Me | Source
Emerald Fields Under Overcast Sky
Emerald Fields Under Overcast Sky | Source
The Stateline Road--Washington on the Left (North) and Oregon on the Right (South)
The Stateline Road--Washington on the Left (North) and Oregon on the Right (South) | Source
Early Shoots of Spring Wheat in Oregon
Early Shoots of Spring Wheat in Oregon | Source
Is That You, Bella?
Is That You, Bella? | Source
I Thought About wetnosedogs and Her Crew When I Saw These Canine Friends
I Thought About wetnosedogs and Her Crew When I Saw These Canine Friends | Source

The Stateline SDA Church

This Church Was Actually Transported Here from Walla Walla Decades Ago
This Church Was Actually Transported Here from Walla Walla Decades Ago | Source
A Nice Landmark Just Before I Walk into Oregon
A Nice Landmark Just Before I Walk into Oregon | Source

Our Former Church

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

~Aldous Huxley

My wife, children, and I attended this church several years ago. It will always have a special place in my heart.

It seemed fitting for me to walk up and touch the front door one last time.

As I stepped back far enough to photograph the entire front of the church, I saw the Fellowship Hall to the left. The 7th and 8th grade teacher and his students at the Milton-Freewater SDA School a few miles to the south would host a fund-raising pancake breakfast here periodically throughout the school year. We faithfully supported that cause, even long after our children had graduated from middle school.

This was also the site for our frequent post-church fellowship meals (or potluck dinners, the colloquial old school term). On special holidays, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day, we would enjoy the wonderful socials that this church organized for the community at large.

This was the church where I learned to be less anxious over time about singing Christian solos.

My family and I have since moved on, but it surprised me today just how nostalgically touched I was to see her up close once again.

I paid my respects and then quickly proceeded due east until I reached the intersection of Stateline Road and Highway 11.

One More Mile to the Turnaround Point

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You Are Now Entering Oregon

Convenience Store on the Oregon Side at the Intersection of Stateline Road and Highway 11
Convenience Store on the Oregon Side at the Intersection of Stateline Road and Highway 11 | Source
The First Mega-Sign Oregon Wants its Northern Visitors to See
The First Mega-Sign Oregon Wants its Northern Visitors to See | Source

Four Miles Down with Only Six More to Go

The longest journey begins with a single step.

~Lao Tzu

In the map above, the letter A marks where the convenience store and powerball sign to the right are located.

At this point in my walk, I was feeling invigorated and enthusiastic about getting to the halfway point at the Stateline Chiropractic office.

I actually jogged for a couple of minutes. With oncoming traffic cruising by at 55 miles per hour, however, I did find the activity intimidating, so I slowed down to a brisk walk and hugged the side of the road even more. The peace of sauntering on the country roads had given way to the nerve-wracking task of being super aware of the oncoming traffic.

Just a few hundred yards to go...

Finally, I arrived at the chiropractic office. I dashed in, said a quick hello to the friendly receptionist, and used the restroom.

Quickly emerging from the office, I headed due north for Stateline Road, retracing my steps.

Funny thing about walks--the return trip, as tired as one might be, more often than not seems shorter.

Before I could fathom just how much the arthritis in my lower back and the fatigue in my legs and feet were affecting me, I found myself at the point of the very first photo--looking north, almost exactly one mile from home.

Our cat, Kona, came running out of the carport where he snoozes in an old suitcase during the day, to greet me by rubbing against my right leg. It was his way of telling me that he was dying to go back inside the house for a snack.

But there was something that I needed to do before going inside.

The walk today was actually special in two ways. I've shared one of them with you--the fact that I actually walked to another state and back this morning.

Here's the other unique difference about this walk. I had a backpack on. Inside the backpack was a plastic bag. Throughout the walk, mostly on the return trip home, I picked up miscellaneous items that I found on the side of the road.

I emptied the bag, organized the items on the concrete front porch, and took photos of the entire lot and then some individual as well as small group shots.

It's almost 10:15 PM as I write these words, but my plan is to list the twelve items as one lot in a special 10-day auction that begins tonight.

Why am I doing this? Well, you'll just have to read my next hub to find out what's going on.

Until then, I bid you a fond aloha and invite you to pick them up and let God put them down, one step at a time.

Aloha, my friends!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @nanderson500

    Thanks, Nick! I've done it a couple of times now, approaching Stateline Road from different back roads, and I thoroughly enjoy the fresh air, scenery, occasional hawk soaring overhead, and the chance to detox from my sedentary work. You really do get to see and appreciate more of the region's unique character. Looking forward to this year's football season and your game analyses and picks.

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    nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Cool! Looks like it was a fun trip. Yeah walking can be a nice way to experience an area instead of just speeding by it in a car. Great pictures!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Relationshipc

    Hi, Kari!

    I know what you mean. Half the time, I'm thinking about hubbing this or that scene or event; a quarter of the time, I'm dodging cars (because there isn't always enough room on the side of the Washington/Oregon backroads for safe walking); and the rest of the time, I'm monitoring this really cool and free app called iRunner that accurately measures via satellite how far and at what pace one has either walked, hiked, jogged, or run. It also measures a bunch of different stats, but I'm focused primarily on distance and pace. Oh, and I think you can download a chart of your route, but I am so tech-illiterate it's pitiful! Once I learn how to do it, I may just write a hub about this app.

    Thanks for your loyal support, Kari! Aloha! Joe

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    Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    Following your journey makes me want to go for a walk and really experience my own journey. I often get caught up in my thoughts and end up at my destination without remembering the journey!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Annette Hendley

    Hi, Annette! I would love to someday read a hub of yours that featured a walking experience near where you live. HubPages is a fine platform that provides its writers with the ability to instantly share--via word and audiovisual media--their part of the world.

    As for me, I am thoroughly enjoying making intimate connection with the lay of the land. It's a throwback to pioneer days, but it's integral, in my humble opinion, to the advancement of my writing profession. There are many times when my best writing is conceived, drafted, and finished in the span of a long distance walk. The easy part is uploading it all to my laptop. For me, creation is all about continuous movement. Energy, passion, focus, drive, and utter intimacy--I never feel closer to God than when I'm in the midst of creating. Aloha, my new friend, and best wishes for continued success here in Hubsville and beyond.

    Joe

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    Annette Hendley 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    The title definitely drew my attention. You have such a wonderful way with words. You make me want to give up the rat race and walk with you. I will have to cross the ocean though.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    In 1987, when I was a little older than you are right now, I had an opportunity to travel to Spokane with my wife, infant son, and other church members in order to compete in the Bloomsday Race. There was this one hill, about a quarter mile long or more, that was aptly nicknamed Doomsday Hill. It must've been a 30+ degree slant the entire way. I thought I was in relatively decent shape, but I was sure humbled when a 60-ish year old woman went zooming past me up the hill. I had done a lot of long distance training as well as interval training, but I had not done the hill homework. It taught me a good lesson. I joyfully found out later that I was in the top 2000+ finishers in a field of 50,000+ runners. It felt better telling family and friends that I finished in the top 4%! Ha-ha!

    I share this with you because I want to be the first in line to encourage you to go for it. There are three important reasons why I'd like to see you participate in that 5K run:

    1) You owe it to yourself to face this challenge.

    2) The loving and responsible matriarchs in your family--your mom and your grandmother--raised you well in the absence of a father figure. They can surely be proud of the fine young man you grew up to be. My mother raised six children, with me--the oldest--being a teenager at the time. Years later, in training runs, races, and the eventual walks at my present age, there's a part of me saying, "Thank you, Mom!" as I dig down deeper for that extra bit of resolve. You can dedicate this bi-state 5K to the women who did a stand-up job in teaching you by word and example.

    3) Finally, as a fellow writer here on HP, it would be my absolute pleasure to read the article you write about this amazing race from one state to another...and then back again. WHEN you do, let's link our hubs up. : )

    Thanks, Brad, for your loyal and heartfelt support. You will always have mine, my friend.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Hello there good sir Joe. This is definitely an awesome hub of you documenting what I consider an epic walk. From what I read, the walk itself seemed like it could fit into a movie, and be pretty entertaining. The fact that you started out in one state and ended up in another one is great.

    There is this 5K race that I'm thinking about doing later on this this year that starts out here in Texas, and goes into Louisiana and back to Texas again. Reading your hub just may have motivated me even more to do it. Anyway, I'm really impressed with your walking stats thus far. You've walked quite a few miles for this still young year. I'm pretty positive that you're going to reach you goal.

    I enjoyed the photos you took as well. They are amazing shots. Thanks for sharing your epic walk with us sir. Voted up, rated awesome, and shared. I always enjoy reading your work. Great job!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Hi, young friend!

    Was just thinking about you this morning and reminding myself that you might just be on your cruise about this time. So it's a most pleasant surprise to hear from you.

    Ah, these quotes! I come across such priceless utterances that compel me to say, "I wish I'd said that!" That's why if things come to mind and I delude myself into thinking they might be worth someone reading and enjoying, I'm not missing the opportunity to write them down. : ) You've been instrumental in inspiring me to notice all things hubbable! LOL!

    If you ARE on your mini-vacation, enjoy your time and crank out the notes for the great hubs we'll soon be reading. If you are not yet on your way, thank you for walking with me down the road for a bit this morning. I appreciate you very much, Karen. Aloha! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @pagesvoice

    Ah, Dennis, you eloquently tell it like it is! I like your style...you can range from being right in somebody's face to painting a panoramic palette with your rich imagery and command of words. Have you ever written a book? Or, in the prerequisite state, have you visualized writing a book? If so, please include in your promotion of it a message to me so I can be one of the first in line. I love how you write and what you write about. Thank you so very much for walking with me via my hub and for your loyal support. As always, you have mine as well, Dennis! Take care, and have a memorable weekend! Aloha! Joe

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    This is a very interesting hub. I love the statistics as they help us as readers feel like we are accompanying you on your walking journey of attempting to reach your goals. I also really enjoyed the quotes in this hub, including your own! Your sense of humor always brings me a smile!

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    Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

    As always, your story and pictures do not disappoint. You take your readers on a journey down memory lane and a trip into your philosophy of life, wildlife and nature.

    As you know, the richness of life doesn't have a price tag and can't be sold on ebay. We are all wealthy once we reach the mountaintop of appreciation for not only the simple things, but equally the complexities in the kaleidoscope of life's landscape. You, my friend, are most assuredly a wealthy man for realizing this concept.

    I took a 180 mile round trip to my hometown yesterday and noticed the falcons perched along the roadway, a spattering of green grass pushing up through the long frozen ground and yet there was still snow on the ski slopes. I wondered aloud to my wife the number of drivers who were flying by, without even an inkling of the contrast between the ending winter season and the awakening dawn of spring. Kids sit in the backseats of their parents SUV's watching a movie or playing a video game instead of just looking outside the car window. How sad is that?

    Life is so fleeting. It's a shame that sometimes we don't open our eyes and hearts to the road traveled until our trek is nearing the end.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @girishpuri

    I am so honored that you've "come all the way from the other side of the globe" to share in this walking experience. Thank you for your kind and good-natured comments, my friend, and I wish you the very best here on HubPages and beyond.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

    Joe,

    It is good to see you getting back to your original shape....lol + good health + a wonderful long interesting walk, with us as well. Interesting hub. God bless.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Thank you, Joelle, and I wholeheartedly agree with you that walking can simultaneously make one acutely more mindful and subtily more mindless. I go through life like a vacuum cleaner, sucking up all kinds of stress. The walking reverses that process, emptying me of all that harmful clutter. You encourage me to keep on trucking...and so I shall!

    Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Wonderful hub! I like walking also! It's an excellent exercise and it also a time where you can think ...or not. It's also a time where you can enjoy the view.

    I love your statistics! Statistics talk for themselves and it's really positive here! Good for you!

    Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    Aloha, Stephanie!

    I just love your island! It's huge! Lots of beautiful scenery. What a thrill to hail from the oldest island and then have a wonderful opportunity to spend a few days on the youngest island. Very soon, I'll post a few hubs about some of the things I saw and did while there. Anyway, it's good to be back home, even if there was a ton of work to catch up on. I think I'm finally able to come up for air as well as go on long walks and write about eBay and other things I'm passionate about. Shortly, I'll post a response to your other comment and give you a tip about something you can find at Waikoloa and sell for a profit! Thanks for your loyal support, Stephanie!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Radcliff

    Hi, Liz! Frugally and healthfully speaking, you're absolutely spot on about walking being an arguably better exercise alternative. But some prefer a more socially-oriented atmosphere. My line of work and lifestyle requires solitary introspection. While I can adequately do the social butterfly scene, I'm at my best when I can be alone with my Maker and reflect upon what I'm grateful for...and when one is in the midst of so much natural splendor, it's not hard to get deeply immersed in a spirit of appreciation. Thank you, Liz, for sharing with me your personal reaction to this hub and for your loyal support. Aloha from the opposite corner of the country!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Natashalh

    Ha-ha! Too funny, Natasha, but right there in keeping with your very innovative and creative style! Now, whenever I pass that particular creek, I'll have a chuckle over the possibility. And why not? This state actually legalized marijuana--to a point--so moonshine is definitely not out of the question.

    In one of your hubs, you wrote, "Try to surprise at least one person every day." Well, guess what? I was that one person just now. Thanks for dropping by for a really cool visit and for being a part of this hub experience. Apprentice Alum, huh? I am totally impressed! Best wishes for continued success here on HP and beyond!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @GuitarGear

    Eh, howzit, Walt!

    You know, bruddah, I had the time of my life on the Big Island from the 19th to the 25th of last month. Good fun, ono food, and refreshing beverages. Played tourist for half the week at Waikoloa Village and then the local boy style for the second half. The time just zipped by! I'm a Kaua'i boy, so this was only maybe my third time on the Big Island. I loved it! Wanted to share that with you because I know you miss the islands, too. I hope you get a chance now and then to go home and visit.

    And, Bruddah Walt, it was actually a 10-mile walk, but I gotta tell you, I was dragging by the time I came home. My cat wanted me to open the back door for him, but I let him know straight off I was gonna park my butt on that front porch and take a breather. That turned out to be a mistake because it sure was a challenge getting back up again. I was SO stiff! Ha-ha! Thanks for being with me on that walk, Walt, and for relating with the father/daughter bit. We sure are blessed, aren't we?

    Aloha and mahalo, my friend! Keep on jammin! Would love to read a hub of yours where you play some music in a video? Any chance of that happening in the near future? Or, if you've already done it, let me know how to find it.

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billybuc

    Hi, Bill!

    I am so honored to hear from you. Thank you so much for stopping by. I am in awe of your excellent and prolific writing, Bill. Please correct me if I'm mistaken--but are you the only one or maybe part of only a handful of people who have actually written a hub a day for an ENTIRE YEAR? That's an amazing feat! Congratulations on that HUGE accomplishment!

    Well, I was a Husky for half my college career before I metaphorically ended up in a train wreck. After that, it was all about getting some prerequisites out of the way at TCC (your old "neck of the woods")--great school, by the way!--and then I finished up with the installment plan through WSU. So I get schizophrenic during the Apple Cup. Ha-ha!

    Best wishes for your continued success here on HP, Bill. I'm going to be a very busy individual in the months ahead, but every chance I get, I'm making it a point to read and savor your marvelous writing as well as the great videos.

    Thanks again, Bill! Aloha from the SE corner!

    Joe

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    Walter Holokai 4 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio

    You know I never made it down to E. Liverpool to check out that pottery although I know where it is. With work the way it was last winter there was no way I had the time. I'm hoping the spring and summer bring better work hours. Any way I wanted to tell you you're one hell of a man for the walking...and the writing. I was reading and thinking 5-miles is one long ass walk. Ha, ha. I'm very proud of you. I thought the father daughter part was touching since I have 2-daughters. It was beautiful as was the rest of the piece. I really felt like I was with you on that walk. Much Aloha to you and yours. I remain your loyal fan.

    ~Walt Holokai

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well any friend of Jim's is a friend of mine...and Rajan and Eddy...you have some good company here my friend....and you are a fellow Washingtonian. What has taken me so long to discover you?

    I'm sorry for the delay but I'm here now and I loved this hub...even though you are a Coug fan. :) Thank you for allowing me to walk along with you and I look forward to many more walks ahead.

    bill

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    My vote is the guys on the raft/boat/thing are illegally porting moonshine. Or maybe I just think that because I'm from the South!

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    I love this! You walked to another state. That's too cool.

    If more people should stop paying for expensive gym memberships and simply walk a few miles each day, they would enjoy the benefits of stress relief and healthy exercise, all in one enjoyable package! I'm sure many would disagree with me on that one, but oh well.

    The owl story brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful. I'm looking forward to hearing the story about your items. Thank you!

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    What a beautiful hub and what looks like a beautiful walk. Gorgeous scenery! I'm so glad to hear that you had a vacation to the Big Island and that you ditched the diet for a few days. But I'm so impressed with the chart you post about your walking and weight loss. Voted up and all that good stuff. Aloha, Stephanie

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Hello, Tom! Always such a pleasure to hear from you. You certainly got some great exercise in shoveling snow. I was just sharing with another hubber how we in Walla Walla, WA, got only a mere pittance of a snowfall in one day...highly unusual for this area. I heard that those of you in the New England states got quite a bit of the white stuff. Good to hear that you're walking, Tom! I'm right there with you, stride for stride! Thanks for stopping by and sharing in this hub experience. I appreciate your loyal support, dear friend.

    Joe

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend glad to hear you are doing well with your walking and losing weight and getting in shape. I shoveled snow all winter to keep in shape and just started to walk again now that some nice weather is around. Wishing you all the best on your walking through the spring and summer. Has always i always enjoy reading your beautifully written articles .

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Not at all, Jim. The second only served to reinforce the first, and there was enough difference in the two to warrant the importance of both. I can't tell you how many times I get tripped up by what initially appears to be very simple high tech wizardry only to find out that the only thing high about it is the falutin'! : )

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    So I have to post again to explain the double up. The first one disappeared when I was going to edit it so I did a rewrite, then they both got posted. I hope I did not contradict myself!!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Jim, thank you for the sweet reminiscence of singing a lunar lullaby to your baby girl. My daughter's birth and presence (even when she's geographically distant, as in her Cambodian experience) have surely healed and blessed my heart over the last 21 years. I have no doubt that she will always remember our Keoki moment, just as I'm very sure your daughter will someday (if not already) singing that same song to her young one(s). Thanks for your uplifting and loyal presence on HubPages, Jim!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Good morning, Jim! True to my call, I'm responding to the first of two messages from you. I don't mind the glitch at all--always nice to hear from you, and when there's a double-up, why, that's twice my blessing! : ) I'm fool enough to attempt a marathon walk of that proportions, so it's best that I mind my wife and stay grounded. Ha-ha!

    Thanks for reading, Jim, and for your ever loyal support! You have my same allegiance!

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Joe, what a surprise this was. I came by to read your latest hub (and check the weight chart) this morning and found my name in bold print on the first line. So glad you made it to Oregon for a step or two. I know just the coffee shop we can visit when you make the really long walk!

    I know there are some really fine wineries near Walla Walla, and have sampled their wares from a distance.

    Your story about the owl and your little girl reminded me of when I would take my (then) baby daughter out in the yard at night wrapped in a warm blanket to see the moon. I would sing to her that song about "I see the moon, the moon sees me down through the leaves of the old oak tree," etc. It was not long before she learned the words and sang along.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    What a surprise! I came by to read this latest hub about your travels (and check up on the weight progress) and find my name on the first line in bold print! So glad that you made it into Oregon for a step or two. Your story and the pictures here are really, really great, and I appreciate the nice mention of your hub-buddy in Oregon a lot.

    Your story of the owl and your little daughter, reminded me that I used to wrap my (then) baby daughter up and take her outside at night to see the moon. I would sing the song to her about "I see the moon, the moon sees me..." It was not long before she learned the words and sang along. I hope she remembers that song still.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, wetnosedogs!

    Good morning, my friend! As I mentioned to Rajan Jolly a few minutes ago, I often think of my HubPages friends when I go on my walks. Something invariably reminds me of things others have written about. Naturally, when these dogs came rushing at me aggressively, I first was thankful that there was a fence between them and me. But my next thought was immediately of you and your beautiful canine friends, and I imagined how pleased you would be if I snapped a couple of photos and include these handsome/gorgeous farm dogs in my hub. Thank you for your very loyal support, WND, and for sharing your delightful pets with your Hub peers and global readership. This was one way to say MAHALO (thank you) to you! Have a great day, my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning, Eiddwen!

    You have a fascinating Hub name...and if it's your given name, even better yet. I love the rich, unique, and earthy sound of it!

    Thank you so very much for reading my hub and sharing in the experience. I imagine that your country has some of the prettiest landscapes and would be a perfect place for some long and memorable walks. Maybe someday...

    In the meantime, I wish you the very best and continued success here on HubPages and beyond. Again, thanks for stopping by, Eddy!

    Aloha from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Rajan!

    You are most welcome for coming along on this wonderful and memorable walk, my friend. : ) Thank you so much for taking time from you busy schedule to support a fellow writer. I think of several Hubbers as I go on my daily walks, and you're right there at the top of the list because I see a lot of herbs, vegetables, and other healthy, natural, and organically grown items along the way that remind me of your specific Hub niches. Have a marvelous day, my friend!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Indeed this is an exciting and beautiful walk. Away from the busy traffic, your state is awesome. When I see scenes like that, I always wish I was an artist. I hope you do get to meet xstatic one day.

    That is one beautiful dog that has more Roscoe's coloring than Bella's, but acts like Bella in making sure to turn the face away. The dog in the background of the second picture reminds me of Jenny. she may be in the background but she's going to let you know she is there! I am touched that you thought of my dogs in this adventurous walk. Thanks. We are all blushing.

    It is going to be exciting to see what you picked up along the way to Ebay.

    Your walks sound like the best way to start the day. Can't go wrong with the beautiful countryside and a knock on the door to the next state! And this is a great workpiece with quotes, Ellen is a great humor and your quotes just adds to your map of great hubs.

    Have fun with your Ebay find.

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    Oh how I enjoyed this read. Wonderful and I award my special 'Up up and away'.

    Eddy.

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

    Joe, this was one interesting walk I really enjoyed. I'm waiting to read your next hub to know what's going on! Thanks for this trip my friend.

    Voted up.

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