Walking the … Visitor
I had a new experience yesterday. I had a visitor come and stay at my house and she wanted to go for a walk.
“Yes! I would love to leave the house about 7am and walk the 5 miles around the Lake.”
We started out – she had a baseball cap on too and good shoes. She had not seen our Capital Building up close and personal so I adjusted the pattern and put into practice my best docent articulations.
The river otters were out at play and up for pictures. One blue heron of the resident pair was across the lake on a log, low and behold the other half was just in front of us on a floating down-fall.
We went under the noisy overpass and we over passed the Falls Park taking pictures of the river rapids and the side angle of the once majestic Tumwater Falls -“It’s the Water!”
We helped a young woman finish zipping up her dress as she was hiking off to work and we missed our turn at the State Capital Museum emerging onto the Campus near the State Library Building and the back side of the Legislature – Domed structure.
Round side we went to see the Governor’s Mansion, hike the steps; taking in the view all the protesters enjoy. Rotunda and the Great Seal…..Marble, marble everywhere. The chambers were blocked off and quiet, easy to recognize. Chandeliers high overhead.
We spoke as though in church – avoiding echo loud – and feeling the awe and reverence for the process and the sheer beauty of this structure.
More steps. We agreed that our Capitol Campus was one of the most beautiful of all the Capitals we had visited.
Around the Temple of Justice, past the greenhouses, rose gardens, we bypassed the war memorials, Hands On Children’s Museum, and seeing all the Campus buildings on the other side of Capital Blvd, instead we paused at the top of the switch back trail returning us to the Lake.
Here is what our camera’s caught:
Those are the Olympic Mountains off in the distance, not snow covered at the moment. In the foreground is the Dam that separates fresh water from Puget Sound. That isthmus is the site of one of the most controversial moments in our State. Someone wants to build expensive shops and condominiums on that isthmus, which would permanently block the view – even higher than what is blocking the view by the tall, years, empty building now. That would mean just a few very wealthy people would see what all enjoy now. Hmmm…
I told as many stories as I could, about where I spent my milk money nickel on the way to school and how I met in Girl Scouts at that house, and slid down the marble sides of the steps, curling up here to read until my Father left his office and we walked home. I think I exhausted my visitor’s ear?
7 Miles later we were back to home base finding baby deer pushing away the deer fencing and letting mama deer into the apples – they feasted.
My visitor was whisked off to lunch then prepared for her evening meeting.
I typed the meeting notes, placed chairs, got out plates, cups and silverware… and the participants began arriving.
I will hold this ‘walk the visitor’ as an experience of high memorable value. Someone I did not know became a friend by saying “yes” to a walk. She shared her stories too about teaching, rearing children, being a Grandmother, wife of an Alaska fisherman, author, marketing executive for Bunnies by the Bay and she listened. She told the whole group of women that I was a fine story teller at the end of the evening.
My visitor walked her talk – graciously.
I was hungry to be listened to, and now I am content and full of the experience.
Has someone met a need for you recently? Or shared a long walk? Or have you make a special personal connection?
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