One of the highlights of October in western New York is the Ridgewalk and Run. It is a trail walk and run hosted by the local hospital and it takes participants over a spectacular off-road route with stunning scenery. I’ve participated many times and it is always a special time.
My event of choice is the 6-mile walk. Sign-ups begin in May when everything is balmy and the promise of spring has started to unfold. It’s easy to put out of your mind what October weather can be like here in the foothills of the Appalachians.
When I woke up on Sunday morning the wind was howling outside the way it does when a snowstorm is in full swing. Uh. Oh.
I peaked out the window to see a light blanket of the white stuff and that wind, oh that wind, was rattling through the trees. I toyed with the idea of staying in bed, but I knew that I would be disappointed if I skipped the event, so I layered up, and packed my St. Bonaventure nylon backpack with granola bars and water and headed out.
I am so happy that I did!
The snow in the trees was beautiful — especially at the start of the walk. Luckily, the wind died down before we began.
At about mile 3, I passed another walker who said, “Hey-I graduated from St. Bonavature too!”
“What year,” I asked, without turning around.
“1982,” came the reply.
I stopped in my tracks! It was an old friend of mine from college! I haven’t seen her since Senior week.
And she’s a quilter now too!!!! Whoop! Whoop! Re-connection made!! We walked the rest of the way together. She recently moved back to New York State, so I know I will see more of her.
I have to report a sadness in my life. My son’s soccer team lost a high school sectional game, so I am officially no longer a soccer mom. We had such fun watching this guy play over the years. I know his next adventure will be just as fun to watch.
Last but not least in my exciting week, I received this adorable picture via text! My granddaughter with her doll quilt and pillow. Life is good.