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Walking Along South Boston's Harborwalk To Castle Island

Updated on August 19, 2013
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The Enjoyment of Walking

Walking is not only a good form of exercise, it is also good for the mind. As a writer, I absorb the details, and live in the moment. I enjoy everything that my senses share with me. When I get ready to go, I make sure I have what I need for the walk. I like to bring my music player, journal, and a camera, as well as something to drink. I dress suitably for the weather, and put on sunscreen when it's sunny. Bringing what I need for the walk makes it especially comfortable.

An Inspiration: My Walking Buddy

Who is my walking buddy? HawaiianOdysseus is. We don't live near each other; in fact, he lives on the other side of the country! But that doesn't stop us from sharing our experiences, and encouraging and motivating each other.

A few days ago, I read one of his many articles on walking, and this is what he said to me in the comment section. It really struck a chord, and it sums up how I feel: "For me, walking is a great adventure, literally and figuratively grounding us with Mother Earth and linking us with so much of its splendid history and the vast library of mankind's lore. As writers, we're like literary conductors of this information. It comes rushing up through our soles to our minds, filling us with a sensual feast and compelling us to share what we've learned with others. Writers are sensitive conduits--you'll pass other people that are fixated in getting from point A to point B and thus missing the lessons along the way. We have a compelling responsibility, therefore, to tell the story."

If you have not checked out his articles on walking, here (on the right side) are a few links for your reading pleasure. Read them, and you will feel as if you have walked with him, minus feeling out of breath!

This mostly cloudy day didn't keep me from going out the door
This mostly cloudy day didn't keep me from going out the door | Source

Motivation to Walk On A Cloudy Day

H.O'.s "There Be Giants in Hilo", as well as the comments he made to me, got me in the mood to get outdoors. It had been over a week since I had gone on a decent walk (other than what I normally do on workdays, or while running errands), and I decided to take action before any excuses popped into my head. Yes, it was cloudy out. But really, does it have to be gorgeous out for me to enjoy being outside?! No! Actually, the benefit of going on a walk at that time was that I didn't have the sun shining in my eyes. Partway through the walk, the sun came out a little, revealing patches of strikingly blue skies, a sharp contrast to the gray and white.

Getting Ready For A Walk: What To Possibly Do And Bring

Weather
Energy/Hydration
Entertainment
Sunblock (put on)
Have a snack before you go
Music player
Hat or visor to keep sun out of eyes
Bring a snack or picnic lunch
Notebook or journal
Dress appropriately for weather
Bring money to eat out
Cell phone
Umbrella
Bring a drink to keep you hydrated
Lap top, Notebook, or Tablet
Bathing suit
Keep in mind locations that provide drinks
Camera
 
 
Binoculars
 
 
Telescope

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The Path I Took

I like to use part of the Harborwalk, which goes along the three miles of beaches in South Boston. It's great, because I don't have to worry about crossing streets, and it is wider than a sidewalk.

I walked for about 2.3 miles. If you'll take a look at the map, I actually started out below point A, right across the street from Carson Beach (a.k.a. "Old Harbor"). I walked along the beach, which is parallel to William J Day Blvd, and passed the L and M Street Beaches. I took a right at Pleasure Bay, bringing me onto the "Head Island Causeway", the thin strip shown that curves around the Bay (see point C), to Castle Island, point D on the map. Then I turned around, and took the same path home, just in reverse. Point B on the map was where I took my first break, and the second was at point D, before I headed back. I could have easily avoided stopping, but I like to supplement my walks with writing, reflecting, and taking photos.

My Scenic Walk Along The Beach

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A markerSouth Boston High School, Boston, MA -
South Boston High School, Boston, MA 02127, USA
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B markerCurley Community Center, Boston, MA -
Curley Community Center, 1163 Columbia Road, South Boston, MA 02127, USA
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C markerHead Island Causeway, Boston, MA -
Head Island Causeway, Boston, MA 02127, USA
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Castle Island, Boston, MA 02127, USA
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This is what Carson beach looks like on a Wintry day
This is what Carson beach looks like on a Wintry day | Source

The Changes Of The Seasons

Every season looks different here in Boston. In late Autumn, all of Winter, and early Spring, you won't see many people on the beach at once. Those times of the year you will see the occasional person going for a stroll or a jog, or even walking their dog. In the "opening season", dogs are not allowed on the beach. When the weather starts to warm up, you see more people outdoors. When hot weather comes, the beaches are swarming with people of all ages, and cars fill every available parking spot along the Harbor. New Englanders like to take advantage of the hot weather, after enduring cold Winters.

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Carson Beach signOne of the many covered benches along the Harborwalk that I like to sit onThe beach, with the Community Center in the distance
Carson Beach sign
Carson Beach sign | Source
One of the many covered benches along the Harborwalk that I like to sit on
One of the many covered benches along the Harborwalk that I like to sit on | Source
The beach, with the Community Center in the distance
The beach, with the Community Center in the distance | Source
The star within this concrete is striking
The star within this concrete is striking | Source
This bird has a number
This bird has a number | Source
He is squawking
He is squawking | Source
The birds all like to sit on the railing posts
The birds all like to sit on the railing posts | Source
Bird on the corner post (on a different day)
Bird on the corner post (on a different day) | Source
This spot is near a row of yacht clubs, so there are quite a few boats in the water
This spot is near a row of yacht clubs, so there are quite a few boats in the water | Source
A glimpse of the Head Island Causeway in the distance, and one of the Harbor Islands beyond that
A glimpse of the Head Island Causeway in the distance, and one of the Harbor Islands beyond that | Source
A better view of the Head Island Causeway in the distance
A better view of the Head Island Causeway in the distance | Source
This is one of the many memorials scattered around South Boston
This is one of the many memorials scattered around South Boston | Source

Come Walk With Me

It is such a luxury to be so close to both a beach and a great place to walk. I may not live out in the country, but this is my personal paradise right now!

As I walk across the street to the Harborwalk, I reflect on the 9 months I have lived in Boston, and how much I have enjoyed getting to know my new city. I turn my music on, blocking out some of the traffic sounds during the first part of the trip. I observe the cars parked (parallel to the curb... my least favorite kind of parking), and smile at the thought of not having to worry about that.

I walk for 15 minutes before sitting down at one of my favorite places, right after the row of yacht clubs. There are several benches, a pretty star in the center of the concrete, and a rail that seagulls love to stand on- one on each post. I watch as one bird intimidates another out of his spot, prompting that one to chase the one next to him off. It's like Bird Dominoes! One of the birds has a number on him, so I figure he must be in a race. Go, bird!

After I have my fill of writing in my trusty journal and snapping photos, I get up and continue walking. Even though it isn't a sunny day, many people are on the beach. I see some dip their toes in the water, a few even going all of the way in, and the majority just relaxing. On particularly hot days, the beaches and every green spot surrounding it are full of people, relaxing and sunning themselves. Many people bring their own chairs, and make themselves at home.

Down the road, I arrive at Pleasure Bay. A beach wraps halfway around, and to the right is a narrow causeway (it looks like a bridge, with rocks along the side) that reaches around to meet Castle Island's beaches. Near this bay is one of many landscaped parks with a pavilion and benches, as well as a memorial of some kind, and a flag that rises high into the sky. Seeing a lot of older people there, I wonder if something is going on. It would be a great place for a social gathering, for sure! I also see an ice cream truck parked there, with a long line of people waiting to order, and part of me wishes I had brought some money with me.

Ice cream trucks bring back so many memories. When I was a kid, just hearing the musical melodies a truck made as it did its rounds through the neighborhood filled me with hope and excitement. Unfortunately, just because there was a conveniently close ice cream truck did not mean my parents had a bigger wallet, and many times we did not get what we most wanted at that moment. My best memories involving ice cream were when we went to Laurel Lake every Summer. After a cookout, exploring the woods, and swimming, we would often go out for a cold treat. Sweet satisfaction!


Over The Causeway

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The beginning of the causeway is in rough shapeI enjoy listening to the water crashing on the rocksThere's a bridge in the distanceOne of the Harbor IslandsSailboat over by one of the Harbor IslandsNear the halfway point is a good view of how long the causeway isBoston's airport is just across the water, so I see planes go by on a regular basisLooking back, I can see Boston's skylineOn the other side of Pleasure BayNot far from the cruise terminalThis shows the area I came from, where the yacht clubs are
The beginning of the causeway is in rough shape
The beginning of the causeway is in rough shape | Source
I enjoy listening to the water crashing on the rocks
I enjoy listening to the water crashing on the rocks | Source
There's a bridge in the distance
There's a bridge in the distance | Source
One of the Harbor Islands
One of the Harbor Islands | Source
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Sailboat over by one of the Harbor Islands
Sailboat over by one of the Harbor Islands | Source
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Near the halfway point is a good view of how long the causeway is
Near the halfway point is a good view of how long the causeway is | Source
Boston's airport is just across the water, so I see planes go by on a regular basis
Boston's airport is just across the water, so I see planes go by on a regular basis | Source
Looking back, I can see Boston's skyline
Looking back, I can see Boston's skyline | Source
On the other side of Pleasure Bay
On the other side of Pleasure Bay | Source
Not far from the cruise terminal
Not far from the cruise terminal | Source
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This shows the area I came from, where the yacht clubs are
This shows the area I came from, where the yacht clubs are | Source

What Is A Causeway?

According to Wikipedia,

"A causeway is a road or railway route across a broad body of water or wetland raised up on an embankment. Some causeways may only be usable at low tide and the distinction between causeways and viaducts can become blurred when flood-relief culverts are incorporated in the structure; a causeway is however primarily supported on earth or stone, whereas a bridge or viaduct is mainly supported by free-standing columns or arches."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causeway

Over The Head Island Causeway

After passing the ice cream truck and the group of older people, I took a right turn to walk on the Head Island Causeway. Many people are walking over it, and a lone fisherman sits at the start of it, pole in hand. He's not fishing at the moment.

The causeway feels like a walking bridge, wide enough for many people to pass each other at the same time. The beginning of it is damaged, and it is sectioned off so that no one has an accident. There is enough space on the side that we can still get by without any trouble.

It is fascinating to think of what this must have looked like before the causeway was built. Castle Island is not an island anymore, since the strip of land connects it to the mainland.

Walking along, I see Pleasure Bay on the left, which is like a lagoon, closed in by the very structure I was walking on. To the right one of the Harbor Islands is visible, and I see watercraft passing by at various speeds. It is a windy day, gracefully moving the sailboats forward. It looks relaxing, and I wonder how it feels to be on it.

Further down, a couple of fisherman are on the rocks along the water, one on each side of the causeway. It's interesting to watch them, and I wonder how successful they will be that day. I have only ever gone fishing once in my life, when I was a kid. I don't even remember having a pole in my hands, I only remember that one of my acquaintances almost caught an eel. But I can imagine that under some circumstances, it could be relaxing and satisfying.

Halfway over the causeway is a large area with a big pavilion, and benches forming a circle, with a grassy area. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the panoramic views. I decide not to stop there this time.

Before I know it, I'm on the other side, on Castle Island. As I approach a row of benches, I watch a German Shepherd run into the water long enough to get soaked, and then walk out, shaking himself off before bouncing over to his owner (I presume). It must be nice to cool himself off like that. His thick fur must be uncomfortable in the heat. He reminds me of a large puppy we had when I was very little. I'm not sure if I actually remember him, or if what I recall is based on photos and the stories my father has told me about Max, but I know I adored the dog. I still have a photo of him, sprawled out on my dad's lap, with me on the side, a big smile on my face. Even as a puppy, he was large!

I sit down on a bench to compose myself. I finish drinking my Gatorade, write for a few minutes, and glance at the people on one of the many beaches. I have never been swimming around here. The sand isn't like in the tropics, but I'm sure it works "in a pinch".

At this point, I have been walking for 20 minutes since my last pause in the trip.


Walking Home

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I watched a bird, perched on a rock in the waterA look at the causewayThe pavilion at the causeway's halfway mark City viewThe beach is active, even on a cloudy day!Another airplaneA tree on the sideGentle wavesThe shock of green grassy plant in the water caught my eye. The yacht clubs are in the backgroundThe flag, raised high near Pleasure BayOne of the benches on the side of the Harborwalk
I watched a bird, perched on a rock in the water
I watched a bird, perched on a rock in the water | Source
A look at the causeway
A look at the causeway | Source
The pavilion at the causeway's halfway mark
The pavilion at the causeway's halfway mark | Source
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City view
City view | Source
The beach is active, even on a cloudy day!
The beach is active, even on a cloudy day! | Source
Another airplane
Another airplane
A tree on the side
A tree on the side | Source
Gentle waves
Gentle waves | Source
The shock of green grassy plant in the water caught my eye. The yacht clubs are in the background
The shock of green grassy plant in the water caught my eye. The yacht clubs are in the background | Source
The flag, raised high near Pleasure Bay
The flag, raised high near Pleasure Bay | Source
One of the benches on the side of the Harborwalk
One of the benches on the side of the Harborwalk | Source

Repeat In Reverse

My trip home was 35 minutes, and went by really fast. Even though I went the same way as I had come from, the scenery is interesting to see from a different angle.

I watch a bird perched on the rocks, take note of the fishermen (I think that one of the men caught a fish as he pulls his pole up, but then realize it was probably the lure), and enjoy the views of the Harbor Island and the city, as well as the beaches. I take a photo of the pavilion, and notice a tree hanging over the edge of the causeway. Before I start listening to my music again, I enjoy the sound of the little waves lapping on the shore.

With my music on, I quicken my pace. Partway home is where the yacht clubs are, and I always marvel at them. They are pretty buildings, nicely landscaped, and have so many boats there! It must feel very exclusive to be a part of one of those clubs, especially since yachts are so expensive.

I also notice the community center. It is a tremendously long building. Sitting right beside the L and M Street beaches, they are also used as a bathhouse and gym of sorts for those who pay a membership fee.

I am home before I know it. I enjoy the walk, but like the idea of getting home to make a late lunch, and enjoy a fresh cup of hot coffee.

I end the walk with a lot of ideas for articles to write, including inspiration for this very one I am writing now. Satisfied with a full 1 hour and 10 minutes of walking, I complete my exercise by walking up 14 flights of stairs.

There's a beautiful rose bush in front of my building, and I like to breath in the intoxicating scent before I go on my walk
There's a beautiful rose bush in front of my building, and I like to breath in the intoxicating scent before I go on my walk | Source

Using My Senses During A Walk:

Sight: I see adults of all ages, kids, babies, dogs, fishermen, bicyclists, rollerbladers, dog walkers, sailboats, canoes, yachts, cruise ships, ocean liners, airplanes, airport in the distance, cars, Pleasure Bay, beaches, water, causeway, Harbor Islands, fishing piers, working docks, memorials and monuments, flags, ice cream truck, Sullivan's, Fort Independence, playground for kids, benches and pavilions, quaint apartment buildings, churches, tall buildings in the distance, yacht clubs, sea gulls, pigeons and ducks, squirrels, chipmunks, sea shells and creatures


Sound: I hear people chattering and laughing, dogs barking, feet pounding the pavement, cars and bikes going by, waves lapping on the shore, flags whipping in the wind, airplanes flying up above, boats cruising or sailing by, loud horns from a cruise ship, church bells ringing, music, wind blowing through the trees and buildings


Smell: I smell salty ocean air, flowers, perfume and suntan lotion of passersby, sunscreen on myself, food


Touch: I feel flowers as I gently touch them. Sand, the cold drink in my hand, the pages of my journal, my camera when I want to snap a few pictures, warm air touching my skin, rain misting me, the sun beating down on my skin, the chilled water as I dip my hands in the ocean, the gentle coastal breeze caressing my face


Taste: I taste the beverage I bring for hydration; Ice cream, if I stop to buy one; Food, if I bring a packed picnic lunch, or buy something at Castle Island's Sullivan's


Mind (This is not technically a sense, but I am treating it as such): I use my mind to reflect, observe, think, focus on what I write down on paper, brainstorm ideas for articles and content, solve problems, and enjoy my music

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Castle Island's Sullivan's

I didn't go there this time, but it is a wonderful place to eat, right on Castle Island. Established in 1951, this place serves food fast. Anyone who lives around South Boston knows about it, and has probably spent many Summers going there! The lines can be very long, but they wait on customers quicker than I have ever seen at other establishments. I went there a few weeks ago, and was amazed at how fast the line moved forward. If you are ever in the area, check it out! The service is great, and the food is delicious.

There are quite a few tables outside of it, and lots of benches around the corner, along Fort Independence. Those seats provide shade and a decent view. But if you go there, watch out for the birds- they beg!

USS Constitution near Castle Island

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would love to walk with you, Kathryn!

      What a lovely gesture on your part, talking about Joe. Isn't he a great guy? I feel like I've known him all my life.

      Anyway, great job on this hub; loved the pictures and the suggestions. We walk almost every night around the neighborhood, but certainly not the distance that Joe puts in daily. :)

      I hope the rest of the week is good for you my friend.

      bill

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      I love walking, but because a lot of times I walk the dogs away from home, it's not a daily thing. If it's too hot for the dogs, it doesn't get done. Three dogs in a small car to get to a walking place is asking a lot for the dogs. The humidity is terrible here in the summer.

      Is that number on that bird because he is tagged - you know how some researchers or bird watchers will tag one with a number?

      That is awesome that you and Hawaii are with it with the walking. You both write wonderfully and I feel like I'm walking right along. Your pictures are stupendous.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill,

      Joe is definitely a great guy, and I feel the same way about him- as if I have known him all of my life. I just love how he writes, and some of what he says wraps up how I feel more than anything I could think of saying myself.

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed this. If it were a sunny day, the photos would be even more stunning, but I think the scenery was still pretty.

      Joe walks more than I can imagine walking! I write about 1 hour as if it is a pretty long walk, while he walks for hours. He is amazing with his walking, and it inspires me!

      Thanks, Bill, and I hope you have a great remainder of the week, too!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      WND,

      I don't walk every day, either. You certainly have a good reason not to! I can just imagine those three dogs in a car. It must be crowded!

      I hate humididty. Oh, Alabama, I can only imagine. I used to live in Virginia, and the humidity there was worse than here. But your state is even further South.

      Yes, I think the bird was tagged. I was thinking of putting a little research into it, and adding it to my hub, but I already spent a long time looking up information, and decided not to bother at the moment. I can always add another capsule of information later, if I find out the details. I wonder if the bird ever gets annoyed having the tag on him...

      Hawaii is my inspiration! I don't walk anywhere near as far as he does, but he reminds me of why I enjoy walking once I get out.

      Thanks for your compliments, and for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it!

      Have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kathryn, I could tell that you really enjoy your walk and the maximum benefits. Your article is motivating. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MsDora,

      Yes, I do enjoy a good walk. Thanks for commenting. It is nice to know that this is motivating.

      You're welcome, and have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Fabulous job on sharing your walking of this area of South Boston. I have always loved walking and as only started driving 3 years ago, walking was something I did frequently. Here in the hills or "sticks" as I jokingly refer to it (Micks pad) as it high up, 3 miles from a main road in farm land, I love the tranquility and country lanes to explore. As the weather is so good at present (80 degrees today) it is like the tropics for us so adorned in shorts and t-shirt i was out 3 times today with Coco, I couldn't resist! I could relate to so much of what you wrote about with the senses being touched by so many things. Well done on taking so many photos making your journey so real as if we walked it too!

      Lovely nod to Joe too whom I love reading. The quote you used was perfect!

      Another awesome, info packed hub that you do so well and the creative side of writing is certainly evident, love it!

      Votes, shares and pinned!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      Thank you so much! Seeing your comment right before I get ready for bed is delightful.

      I put a lot of time into this hub, but it was fun! Haha, it always takes longer than I think it will, because I keep on wanting to learn more facts, or think of more things for my list, or find a perfect video. It never ends! But it is fun.

      I loved Joe's quote, and thought it fit the feel of this hub perfectly. It is exactly how I feel.

      Taking the photos was part of the fun. I would have taken more near the beach, but I feel strange about taking photos with people in it, front and center. Especially since the pics go on a website. But I have many pictures of the scenery.

      By the way, I used the lavender scented bath salts I made using one of your hubs (I didn't have the essential oils you suggested, so I just used one that I do have) the other day when my body was especially sore, and it was so relaxing!

      Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked! Have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a lovely place to take a walk. I very much enjoyed going along with you, and felt like I was right there.

      My favorite spot to walk is down at the waterfront here. I love to see the ducks and all the boats in the water and docked as well. We have a beautiful parkland with a nice boardwalk.

      Voted up +++ very enjoyed hub!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If our feet put us in motion and our hearts carry us along, we belong. Such a simple yet magnificent feat to walk. If there is a God he gave me two feet. And where they have carried me I no longer question His existence.

      I walk and I walk and I walk. From over 1,000 miles in the Grand Canyon to Sydney. Machu Picchu to Saigon to Paris to Mexico city to Moscow to Norway and to Morrocco and all through Italy, New York,the Matterhorn, Seol and Tokyo and 30 states, I just make my time time to walk. There are 3 peaks in Colorado that you walk to, all over 14K and the Appalochian trail and Kings Highway and the Sierras.

      It does not matter. I close my eyes and walk ten steps, breathe deep and then do it again and the air changes and there is something new. If a man does not walk he is dying.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Both you and Joe take a simple walk and turn it into a meaningful and fun to read hub!

      Pointing out the sights along the way and filling us in on the details of the scenery where you live allows us to walk with you too. You are both inspiring. We all know Joe is a total jewel and it is his wonderful personality and writing that has inspired so many.

      I love your photos too Kathryn. Even though your words are descriptive the photos add a nice touch!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      This sounds fascinating, and since I love trekking, like a place I should be visiting too! Thanks for sharing!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      My dear Kathryn! (My Bostonian greeting.)

      Eh, howzit, seestah! Mo' bettah we go fo' one walk, yeah? You one akamai haole girl! (You're a smart Caucasian female!) (My Hawaiian pidgin English greeting.)

      What wonders you weave with your eloquent walking and walking eloquence! And what a kind gesture to include this rascal Hawaiian on your walk. Anytime, Kathryn! I'm honored to be your walking buddy!

      I'm a day or so late to this ambling party, but then again, the timing is perfect because I'm just about ready to go for my walk. Now, after reading a couple of Bill's hubs for my morning entrée, and rewarding myself with your walking hub dessert, I am motivated to go for a great stroll through the southeastern Washington countryside. It will be a short hour-long walk because I have so many things on my agenda to check off today. Nevertheless, I am walking a couple of inches above the ground after reading this wonderful personal essay. Your walkway there in Boston is absolutely gorgeous, and I especially love the fact that you don't have to cope with traffic, crosswalks, automobile exhaust, etc.

      Tell me, Kathryn, how did you pack all that gear with you? With the aid of a backpack?

      I'm so proud of you. The acts of writing, reading, and sharing in this literary community accelerates the social connections and blesses us with the sense of having known each other and our fellow writers far longer than the time we've actually been here. This phenomenon is nothing short of a spiritual connection. It's that EUREKA moment when we are humbled and cognizant that we are more alike than we are different. This essence, this moment of truth, is what we were put on this earth to document and share with the rest of mankind.

      Suze, Mary, Maria, WND, Bill, and all the many other wonderful people who have commented here are individually and collectively such inspirational fellow walkers, and I love that we have this favorite water hole where we can gather to share our stories.

      You go, girl!

      Hugs and brotherly pride!

      Joe

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      Deonne Anderson 3 years ago from Florence, SC

      Kathryn,

      I am happy that midgt38 shared this hub with me. I am an avid walker and usually log an average of (10-14) miles per day. My walking companions are Yogi and Gypsie, my beloved dogs. Having lived in VA, I'm sure you can relate to why we have not been able to walk much this summer. It's so hot and humid as it has been raining almost daily for quite a while now. We had started going for our walk around midnight, but it is still hot and muggy at that time of night. We haven't walked at all for about (5) days now. I enjoyed walking and chating with you on the beach in South Boston. I also was curious to meet Joe. I have perused both of your hub sites and have signed on as a follower of both of you. Thanks for sharing midget38 and kathryn.

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      Ethan Green 3 years ago from England

      This was a really enjoyable read. Despite suggesting we read someone else's article to feel like we were walking with them, I think you achieved that all by yourself:-)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ethan, no wonder your website sounded familiar. I have probably bumped into your HubPages profile before. When I read the sleep articles, it didn't occur to me you're also a HubPages member.

      Thank you for taking the time to come over here to read and comment on my article. I appreciate it!

      I mentioned Hawaiian Odysseus' article because he is my inspiration for walking, and for writing this very post. But thanks for the compliment, I was hoping I would make others feel as if they were walking with me. It was an interesting piece to write, and in the process of getting it together, I learned a lot about the area I live in. Gaining knowledge is one of the things I adore about this community!

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Susan,

      It is a very lovely place to walk, and every once in a while I have to pinch myself, because it's hard to believe I live near the water!

      I'm glad that you felt like you were with me. That is the feel I was going for!

      That sounds like a beautiful place to walk! When I lived with Connecticut up until October, my favorite place was a big park that had a duck pond in one of the many gardens. I love being near the water, amongst nature, and being surrounded by creatures!

      Thanks, I appreciate it! Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Eric, that is beautiful! It sounds like something that would be in a grand book of quotes, very dynamic and inspiring! You sure have a way with words.

      I love walking, and it is nice to go on walks in different places, and experience what each spot has to offer.

      Have you physically been to all of those places, or is it more of a figurative sentence?

      Have a wonderful day, and thank you so much for gracing my page with your presence!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Mary,

      Thanks, I appreciate the great compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed this, and of course it would be very hard not to adore HawaiianOdysseus!

      I'm glad you like my photos. When I see other hubs on different parts of the country or world, I enjoy seeing the pictures, so I also like to incorporate them into my own. It gives people a better understanding of my surroundings, and a glimpse into my life. It's also great for my own benefit.

      Thank you for the votes, and for taking the time to read and comment on my hub! Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Midget,

      Thanks, I'm glad you find it fascinating. It is a fantastic place, I think, and I enjoy my walks around here. Boston has so many things to offer, but this is one of my favorite parts of South Boston. It's cool being near beaches, with the city view in the distance!

      You're welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it!

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Joe,

      I like both of your greetings!

      Thank you so much, your compliments mean a lot to me!

      Your hubs on walking truly do inspire me, so I am honored to have included you! And I am happy that I have a faraway walking buddy. Maybe next year I'll even make a lofty goal based on walking a certain amount of miles, rather than an amount of time here or there. It would give me more motivation to walk. I love having goals, and keeping track of my progress!

      In this case, being late means that you got to see how many comments came before you! So many great ones. Many people already follow you, and I think you have another couple of new ones now!

      That reminds me- I haven't had my entrée of Bill's hubs in a couple of days! I am nearly "starving" for his words of wisdom and inspiration. I'll need to salvage that!

      I love the feeling of connecting with people, and feeling as if I have known them for much longer. And I am so glad I found this "water hole"! It's not only writing that brings me a feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment, it is the people around me that I listen to, share with, and learn from. It's beautiful.

      "To document and share with the rest of mankind" sounds like a grand reason to be here!

      When I walk, I bring a small bag. I don't like to have too much with me, because I like to be comfortable. But I also like to have the tools with me to write and take photos.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this, and I hope you have a wonderful evening!

      :)

      By the way, I checked out your E-Bay page, just out f curiosity. You have some pretty cool things on there! Closer to Christmas I may see if you have anything unique for gifts!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Deonne,

      That's a lot of walking! It's cool that you have your dogs with you when you walk.

      Oh, yeah, I completely remember how it feels in VA in the Summertime! Muggier and hotter than most days here in Mass. I forgot how different the 2 states were until I moved back to the North. It's quite a shock!

      I'm glad you enjoyed this. It was fun to write about, and to recall the details of my walk.

      Thanks, I'm glad you have taken the time to check out both Joe and I.

      You live in Lynchburg, VA? That is the town I lived in for 8 1/2 years, up until 2009.

      You're welcome, and have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a beautiful walk and scenery to absorb in anytime of the day and especially if the sun is not out shining bright and harsh. I truly enjoyed walking this harborwalk in as much as I enjoy my friend Joe's walks. I have been inspired by Joe as well to walk as much as I can though I wish I could walk more often and longer.

      It is a treat to watch and experience all the sights and sounds as you describe it so well here.

      Voted up, interesting and awesome. Have a good day, Kathryn.

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      Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

      What a lovely hub! I can't say I'm an avid walker, but it is certainly one of my favorite ways to relax and get some exercise. I like the part where you describe how you stay in tune with your senses and surroundings during a walk. I think sometimes many of us get so lost in our own thoughts that we forget to live in the moment and enjoy life as it is. I appreciate all these photos you're sharing with us as well. Very nice.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rajan,

      Thanks, Rajan, that is a great compliment! Joe is excellent at making his walks seem interesting. I'm glad he has inspired you, too. I like to walk, but I don't walk anywhere near as often, or for as long. He is just amazing.

      Walking around here is pretty great. I am appreciating it as much as I can, because we might be moving in December. My boyfriend has a contract job, so moving may be a regular part of my life. But I'm sure wherever we live will have their own perks!

      Have a wonderful day, too!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Om,

      I'm not as much of a walker as those young girls I see outside every day. I walk once in a while, in addition to the times I have to walk in order to get to the train station. But it is enjoyable to walk somewhere pretty.

      I get lost in my thoughts sometimes. I am very much a thinker. But I definitely like to live in the moment, as well.

      Thanks, I'm glad you like it, and the photos. I appreciate your stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Hello and good afternoon my Kathryn of Kool from Colin and his cat crew at lake erie time 2:13pm and I just love taking 'virtual' walks with you my most favorite (and hot) tour guide in the world. So I will do the godly/goodly thing and post and link with much enthusiasm to my FB wall for everyone to see and read.

      I just went up to check on my leaky roof and guess what I found up there - a sleeping cat . He is quite friendly and didn't move so I just left him there. I see him around all the time and I guess he is marking his spot , lol, as I think he is trying to make friends with my two.

      I hope this comment finds you well and that you are healthy and happy.

      I am off for the weekend now until Monday and I will go into the water after my lunch is digested. Right now there is a lot of seaweed built on the shoreline but once you get past it - the water is nice and clear out on the sandbar.

      Big Canadian hugs to you from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel (and the cat up on the hot tin roof, lol)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Colin,

      I guess this is my lucky day, since I got hugs from the three of you AND the kitty on the roof! Lol. It must have been surprising to see him up there.

      Awww, your cats might have a new friend :)

      I am very healthy and happy, thanks. I am on a diet with a couple of restrictive days per week, and this is one of them. But I worked out, and then savored my Chobani Greek yogurt. I love the taste, and the feel, and it felt good to eat something substantial that should please my tummy for a while.

      Soon I am going to walk up the street and buy a bag of French Vanilla coffee from Dunkin' Donuts. I also have another errand to run in the same area. I am very happy it is close, so I don't have to take the bus anywhere.

      Once I get home, I will enjoy my fresh coffee very much. A brand new bag of it always tastes especially good!

      I am also glad that you enjoyed the virtual walk with me. I like being your tour guide :)

      I hope you have a grand time in the water! Here it is in the 70s, wonderfully cool and refreshing compared to the hot and humid days we have had. It's close to perfect. It was mostly cloudy, but I see that it has cleared up quite a bit, and I see big areas of blue sky. The sun is out! That should make for a pleasant walk.

      I have the next three days off! It is rare for me to have a Monday off, so I will make use of my long weekend.

      Oh, speaking of the weekend, it seems like I will actually be going on a picnic with my parents and siblings! I checked with my parents, and they still plan on going. My mother was making these awesome no-bake cookies called "gainesburgers" (they're made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oatmeal) when she sent me a message! What a tease she is. They're also getting chicken ready to grill, which makes me so hungry. On top of that, she is bringing potato salad. It is going to be a grand day! Hmm, maybe I will write an article about Laurel Lake! I could use my photos. But then again, I have too many ideas right now.

      You're not on Google Plus, are you? I don't have Facebook at all anymore, because of the terrible privacy policies they have. Unfortunately, not everyone that I like is on Google Plus, although the community is growing. There's a HubPages community group, too, where you can share your hubs and interact with people. I have tons of HP friends now!

      Anyway, have a wonderful day, and I am giving all 4 of you some great big hugs!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      It was great to "walk" along South Bostons Harborwalk. What a nice place! I also love walking. My husband and I often walk with our kids. Our son who's 4 can walk very long. We take our daughter in her buggy as she can't walk yet. We have no sea at our place but we live near vineyards and there are some lovely places to walk, a lot of nature. You put up a very beautiful hub with lovely pictures and a lot of personal experience and memories which made it interesting to read.

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Walking is a great exercise to keep you in shape and you're quite like Kathryn to have such a wondeful 'walking path'. Great hub!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Janet,

      I'm glad that you enjoyed this "walk" along the Harborwalk.

      It sounds like you have a beautiful place to walk! I love living near the water, but I also like country views, and vineyards. It's great that your 4 year old can already walk a lot!

      Thank you so much, Janet, that is a great compliment. I'm happy you like it :)

      Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by for a visit.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Elias,

      I agree, it is certainly great exercise! And it can be fun and interesting, too. I feel very lucky to have such a nice place to walk.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      We are certainly birds of the same feathers when it comes to walking. Thanks for this most enjoyable walk along South Boston's Harborwalk to Castle Island :)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Kathryn. I enjoyed going along for this walk with you. You never know what or who you'll come across. Loved the photos. Enjoy the weekend.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Martie,

      You're welcome, and thank you so much for taking the time to go on this walk with me! I'm glad you enjoy walking, too. Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill,

      I'm glad you enjoyed this walk! I had a great walk, and I am glad I could share this with all of you. Thank you very much, and you have a great weekend, too!

      I just came back from a cookout in Erving, Ma (Erving State Forest/Laurel Lake) with my family. It was the first time that both of my siblings, my sister-in-law, my two little nieces, and my parents and I all made it to a get-together at the same time in over a year. It is quite the accomplishment, and we shared great food and conversation for several hours. So my weekend has started on a spectacular note!

      Take care.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic hub! I would love to walk there. I enjoyed the pics and details as well. What a great idea to bring a journal and a camera. I'm always saying "wish I had my camera with me" yet day after day, I leave it home. You've inspired me. :) Voted up!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Epbooks,

      I'm glad I have inspired you! Once you get in the habit of bringing a camera, it'll be easier to remember. I make it a point to think about what I would like to bring before I leave to go anywhere, as well as what I would like to do.

      I bring my journal, or at least some type of a notebook, almost everywhere with me. I like to write down my thoughts.

      I'm so glad you liked the photos and the details. This is a great place to walk!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and for voting it up. Have a great remainder of the weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I always bring water and if a long walk, snacks. We have great hiking trails here so once the weather cools down a bit, I plan to explore new places to hike. I'll be sure to take lots of pics! Have a great weekend as well!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Epbooks,

      That sounds fun! I'm glad you have great places to hike. I hope you write a hub about it sometime!

      I bring snacks when I know I'll be gone for a while. I get grumpy when I'm hungry, and I like to maintain my energy.

      Thanks!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've only been to Boston once, and one day was not long enough to do it justice. We were there in July, I had a broken toe and was wearing one of those silly orthopedic shoes, and in that condition I took the Liberty Walk. I think I would have enjoyed it more when the weather was not so hot. We did tour the USS Constitution, but we didn't really see any beaches or other waterfronts except in Plymouth and Salem. The focus of our time in Massachusetts was history.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      WannaB Writer,

      History is a spectacular focus for a trip to Boston! And one day would barely even scratch the surface. I'm glad you got to enjoy one day here, though.

      This beach wouldn't necessarily be one geared towards tourists, although Castle Island is pretty historic. But for anyone in the area on a hot day, or who lives here, it is a great place to swim, walk, relax, and enjoy the breeze, or some good food. I enjoy it here.

      July can be pretty brutal here. It's too bad it wasn't a little cooler when you came. I think Autumn would be the ideal time to come, because the foliage is gorgeous!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Kathryn, I am actually wondering how I missed this. What a great article! You really are fortunate to be living in that type of environment which makes you want to go out for a walk and be a part of it. You also offered some great tips about what to bring with you on your walks. I really enjoyed all the information you provided about South Boston's Harborwalk to Castle Island and all of your images are awesome! Well done! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rose,

      Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I really enjoy living in an area that is a pleasure to walk in! Lately when I go out for a walk, I am bound to be out for 2-3 hours. Once I leave, it is hard to come back! On Saturday evening I walked over to Sullivan's at Castle Island, and bought a Maple Walnut Ice Cream on a sugar cone, and enjoyed it before I walked home. It was such a treat!

      Thanks, I love taking photos when I go on walks. I have quite a few "sunny day" photos now, so at some point I may put together another hub on it.

      Have a wonderful day, Rose, and thanks for reading and commenting on my article!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      What an awesome article Kathryn! You really put your heart into your writing. I really need to walk more and have been more encouraged since my best friend bought me a pedometer a couple weeks ago. It's really fun to watch the number go up. I don't have such beautiful scenery to witness, but I still need to get out more. Your hub is quite encouraging!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Sharyn,

      Thanks! It was an enjoyable article to put together, and the walk itself was fun.

      I am very happy to have such a great place to walk. I am more fit now than I have ever been, in part to the environment I live in. If I move away from here. I will miss it. But I like to find a great place to get outdoors no matter where I live. When I was in Connecticut, I liked to take a walk in this beautiful park, Wickham Park (I'll have a hub on it sometime). The downside of that place is that it's so distracting, I keep stopping to sit down and journal, smell the roses, and take photos. But I think it is great to get outdoors.

      I'm glad you have a pedometer. That is a very motivating tool! Sometimes you don't know how much walking you do until you have one of those to keep track. Good luck!

      Ohio... I went through there once, on my way to Illinois (when I was a teenager). As I recall, it is very flat! But it must be spectacular for viewing the stars at night.

      I'm glad this has been encouraging. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for providing input.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for sharing this useful hub. It makes me love walking much more and I've learned how walk is not only a matter of physical activities but also how we exercise other senses.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Agusfanani,

      You're welcome! I think walking is much more interesting when it engages us in other ways. I am moving soon, and I am excited to experience new places to walk. I will live near a really pretty reservoir, and I look forward to exploring it. I may even make a hub of it!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Looks like you really enjoyed that walk. Hope you've had many more similar experiences since then!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Shanmarie,

      I enjoyed many walks on that stretch, and hope to find another beautiful place to walk here in CT. I know there are places to go around here, I just need to find them,

      Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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