Our Blog: Thoughts from the Path

Walking the Friendship Path

Have you ever heard of the Friendship Bench?

The Friendship Bench is a big beautiful idea created by a small girl that has become a reality. Acacia Woodley thought of the Friendship Bench as a special place on a school playground where a child can go when they want to feel safe and to have someone to talk to. For more on Acacia…

Acacia goes and speaks at schools about the Friendship Bench and when she spoke at one school, the principal went over to her and “stood there for a moment to gather himself before he said ‘I finally get it, for so many years I have

Confessions of a Die Hard Walker

One of the best things about being self-employed is working for yourself. ha! But there’s a flip side to that. When I first started this company, I didn’t know s**t.

I’ve stumbled and bumbled over many hills and dales. One of the said hills (or it might have been a dale!), was the error in judgment that why wouldn’t anyone want to walk, anytime, anyplace. Just because I thought walking any time is good for you, everyone would feel the same way. I’ve learned many things, one of them that life is different for everyone and it’s important to respect this for others. Figuring out that walking doesn’t always feel good, came at a hard price.

The Thing About Walking

A while back, we had a blog post that used the term, “I lose myself and find myself,” relating to the experience of being outside for a walk.  The other day, listening to Garnette Cadogan, author and walker, speak about walking, I heard him say, “I lose myself and find myself.” Screeching to a halt, “Wait, What??? Really?” Could it be that this man totally relates to walking the way I do? I wanted to know more. The race was on to try to find a way to write to him and talk to him about it.

Here’s the thing about walking: most of us walk, many of us walk and run for

West County Trail

We use this particular trail when we want to go easy and be transported by sweetness of cutting through farmlands and open space. We always begin our walk across from the Post Office in downtown Graton, an easy meeting place.  If we walk from Graton to Forestville, we’ll cover four miles.

We’ll pass through farms, vineyards, and open spaces. Our first jump off the trail happens when we walk west less than a quarter of a mile along Green Valley Road, but once we drop back on the trail, we cross the bridge and enter the wetlands. The temperature seems to drop under the trees and we are greeted by bird song and buzzing pollinators. We’ve spotted bobcats, quails, mourning