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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?

I so appreciate your comments and how they add to this experience. Thank you for sharing.

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19 Responses to “Walking the … Visitor”

  1. Dot Says:

    What a gorgeous walk you have! It is always a wonderful surprise to find that something you love can be loved as much by another person, even a stranger. I recently had a stimulating conversation with a stranger on the ride home on the metro, which made the trip a great deal more bearable as we movd from venting about the stupid delays (“We will be holding here for two minutes for a schedule adjustment”) and mismanagement (They’ve admitted they’re still using the 1000 series cars, the ones that failed in a crash that caused 9 deaths, at the ends of the trains) to a bigger view of the world.

  2. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – Beautiful! I would love to come take a walk with you! What a wonderful guided tour. Seven miles is a lot, though!

    And Bunnies by the Bay! Love it! We tried to buy their merch for our gift basket franchise – baby baskets are a top seller in North America and the Middle East, but their policy is only brick and mortar stores, as I recall. Too bad, a lovely product.

    Great post, thank you!

  3. Talon Says:

    Beautiful shots, Patricia. What a pretty area!

    It’s amazing what is revealed in a good, long walk!

  4. Jannie Funster Says:

    Patricia: How I wish I could just show up to surprise you some morning and be treated to all your visitor was.

    What a gorgeous gorgeous place you to get to enjoy every day! And to live so close to those monuments and buildings – lucky!

    I was supposed to share my morning walk with another mom earlier this week but she had something come up. I must re-plan a date with her, or with another mom soon. And chat ’til we’re blue. The get coffee and a muffin. I like my alone time too (that’s when I get a lot of my songwriting worked out,) so I wouldn’t plan a walk with a partner every day, but I would relish a sharing of nature and hearts together.

    Now, could I keep up with your 7 miles? I hope so!

  5. Patricia Says:

    Aren’t those good conversations just the best and the metro problems you are experiencing were on our news last night as our area delves more into group people moving. Well, and because of the irony that the Senator that voted down Metro improvement funds was upset that his health-care reform protesters could not get to the protest on time because of Metro!!! All our editorials were about this irony!! LOL

    Oh come anytime for a walk – Yes! Yes! You would be so welcome.
    I am going to work on Bunnies By the Bay for a whole post soon as the two sisters who started it have a most interesting story which I only heard snippets of …They are changing some of their marketing right now with Nancy working on Women’s Education nearly full time the next two years. I have never been there, but it is not too far away and it was started to heal the loss of their fishermen – all at once.

    A good long walk is sometimes just the ticket. Thank you for liking my humble pictures.

    Come anytime for a walk and a bed…now remember I am coming to do your dishes one of these days.

    Also I walk such a distance because I walk by time and hills – I am not able to speedy walk or even do a slow jog anymore.

    My usual walk is just 5 miles but there are shorter versions – they was longer because we just started out walking and I added all the campus and all those steps!

  6. Patricia Says:

    The sunflowers in the first picture are squirrel planted and what I look at from my office window! Aren’t they fun :) ?

  7. Vered - blogger for hire Says:

    What a wonderful experience, and the photos are gorgeous too.

  8. Patricia Says:

    It was a wonder full morning walk – and I think the pictures turned out because it was a lovely day!

  9. Talon Says:

    Patricia, the sunflowers are gorgeous. I call that “surprise gardening” and it’s always the best!

  10. sanjay mehra Says:

    What a gracious post. Your visitor would certainly have gone with equally vivid memories. And 7 miles. That is sure a lot.

  11. Patricia Says:

    and I get to benefit from the squirrel plantings right outside my window!

    sanjay mehra,
    I was at a meeting where my visitor was attending also, just this morning, and I sent her over to this post – she had a fine time. I was not feeding her breakfast – she went to IHOP – that made me feel like not such a great hostess! I will volunteer my time to help her with her up coming convention planning, then she will not notice my oversight!

  12. Cath Lawson Says:

    What a beautiful story Patricia – it sounds like you had a lovely walk. And those pictures are lovely.

    I haven’t been out of the house much lately due to illness but now that I am recovering, this story reminds me about how uplifting it can be to get out there and connect with people.

  13. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. First thing I thought was, “Starting your day at 7 am, walking with a friend…what a great idea.” I would have thoroughly enjoyed that time. You’re a fabulous hostess. Thanks for sharing the pics, especially the one of the deer, though they are being very naughty deer.

  14. Patricia Says:

    I just seem to do a fast fade when I do not get out for my walk and when the sun is shining I need the Vitamin D infusion,.I am alone most of the time so having a visitor to go with me was an added bonus; that she was a lovely person even better.

    Those deer are very naughty and you should see baby hop, jump and dance all over mom when she is resting – until she give a good cuff with her hoof!
    Most days I do the walk as a meditation, just saying hello to the regulars I encounter. It was grand to have someone to join me on my adventure.

  15. Tracy Says:

    Patricia, you inspired me to go for a walk with my boys tomorrow. Not that I never, ever take them for walks it’s just often I feel like I have to do something more, well wow. The Children’s Museum or something big like that.

    But a walk with two toddlers in various stages of learning to talk, well, that’s the kind of thing that reminds you why you became a mother in the first place.

  16. J.D. Meier Says:

    It looks like you had a fantastic journey. The pictures are great, and it sounds like you had a great chance to reminisce.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Oh you make me remember all those walks with toddlers and all the discoveries they make – really fun stuff! Thanks

    It was a lovely walk with a gracious companion. Thanks for coming by

  18. BunnygotBlog Says:

    Patrica what a lovely experience you had. I loved the photos and it it is always wonderful to meet new friends.
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  19. Patricia Says:

    lovely indeed and a new friend – YES!
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