#WalkHappy Green Lake

I’ve been back to the mainland for a week now.  It seems after every vacation to Hawaii, I get the post vacation blues.  The first week back is always the hardest…reality sinks in.  It’s gray outside, colder, the papaya and pineapple aren’t as fresh and my tan doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the crowd.

Most Mondays, after work I run from the office to Green Lake and then home but this week was different.  This last week, I had the puppies up in Seattle with me.  (On a side note, I call the dogs ‘puppies’ but they’re 3 now and about 100lbs a piece.)  Since their used to spending their days outside roaming the back 2 acres, I feel guilty that they have to spend the day in the condo.  I come home at lunch and make sure they get some fresh air and then when I get off, we go for a long walk to Green Lake…5 miles to be exact.  (We don’t run because they tend to drag me when they run – and they don’t run in a straight line)

So Monday was no different: lunch break, walk; after work, walk. Tuesday and Wednesday, the same routine. I tried to open my eyes and take notice and appreciate just how lucky I am.  Just getting back from a tropical vacation, it’s hard. I’m such a fair weather person.

As soon as we got to Green Lake, there was an older woman there with her partner and I noticed her right away and was annoyed.  (I get annoyed by other people quickly)  Anyways, this older woman was raving on what a beautiful day it was.  “Look at those trees!  And the lake!  Breathtaking!”  she exclaimed.  I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes at her as I walked past.  It was gray, kinda foggy and it was getting dark – how is any of that beautiful.  But then I thought about it.  What am I missing??

Tuesday was a new day and when we got to the lake, I realized that woman was right.  It was beautiful! The lake looks different and the people are different this time of year.  In the summer, it’s crowded – people running, biking, skateboarding, roller blading, etc.  People lounging on the grass soaking in the sun.  In the fall, it’s not as crowded.  The kids (college kids) are rowing crew and there are actually people fishing.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone fish from Green Lake and I’m not sure I would eat any fish that come out of it but anyhow, people are enjoying the lake. It looks peaceful.

I thought about that woman I saw on Monday all week.  I realized she was right – everything was beautiful.  Most of all, I realized how lucky I was to get to enjoy it with my best buds.  I think they enjoyed the walk just as much as I did.  I hope I can enjoy the lake all winter just as much as I enjoyed it this summer.  It will be fun to see how it changes over the next few months.

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