Today's walk took us up to the Evergreen Brick Works. For those who aren't familiar with the Brick Works, it's the place where they used to quarry and make the beautiful bricks that built much of Toronto. It has a varied history, but was rescued from being a dump and a place for late night parties, and turned into a beautiful place for Torontonians to gather. There's a great farmer's market on Saturdays, a fun shop, a cafe, as well as an education centre addressing environment, community and culture. If you haven't been there, it's worth checking out.
On the walk, just after we'd gotten to kilometre 2, we came across a woman who needed directions. We stopped and chatted with her for a while. She was Scottish, and was walking with her Border Collie, who had nearly had enough. She had a backpack on with snacks and water for them both. At 67, she told us that she was able to out-walk most young people, which I did not doubt. I didn't keep her, as she was keen to find her way back home, but it made me wonder — did growing up in Scotland encourage this walking habit? — how often did she walk? — what were her reasons for walking? and so many more things. Walking certainly was something that kept her young, vibrant, and fit. Sounds like good self-care. (She also noticed my great shoes, and when I explained them, she said, "So, like Paleo shoes?" Yes, just like that.)
Day 2 finished. Walking, conversations, fresh air, beautiful day. I'm enjoying this new habit.