Hi everyone, Katie here. Mama told me Ms. Robin was hosting Walktober again this year. I’m so glad, it’s always good to have an excuse to go for a walk. I think everyone benefits from getting outside, don’t you agree?
I definitely believe in getting mama off the couch as often as I can. She’s not always so appreciative.
Well, anyway, this time I owe mama cause we walked at a new park, Rose Oaks, which is about 6 miles from our house. Even though it’s not far I’ve never been there and mama has only been there once.
She went this summer but the mosquitoes made her run out of the woods. She said she wanted to go back and she thought maybe she’d do her Walktober there. But when she told me she was thinking about heading over there I made it abundently clear that I needed a Walktober too, and this park sounded perfect for me.
So she sighed and said she’d let me use our walk at Rose Oaks as my Walktober this year.
Turns out it began to rain and then hail on our way to the park. But it cleared up just after we arrived, so we got to explore almost right away. First thing mama took me out on this long dock.
I wasn’t sure I liked being on the dock, I could see water right under my feet! As you know I am a Princess, and I do not like getting my feet wet, so I wasn’t happy that water was so close. But I’m also a good girl, and since mama wanted to go out there I went too.
The view was pretty spectacular, what with the storm clouds moving overhead. Still, I wasn’t all that comfortable out there, so mama and I headed to the woods. But first we had to walk over another long bridge.
Finally we got to the woods. Since mama forgot to look at the map she wasn’t sure which way to go. So she let me decide.
I thought this way looked pretty. What do you think?
To be honest, mama took a lot of pictures of stuff that wasn’t me. She kept stopping, and the worst thing was when she was taking pictures of flowers I didn’t get a treat!
I think I’ve made it clear that when she takes a picture I’m supposed to get a treat. It’s in my contract. There’s nothing in there that says the picture has to be of me. One shot, one treat, that’s the rule.
We walked a ways into the woods looking for color.
And then you know what happened? It started to rain! Well, not on us, not at first. We could hear it coming though, mama said it sounded really cool coming from way off in the woods. And then she said I needed to hurry up because we were a long way from the car.
I, of course, was not in the hurrying up sort of mood. I wanted to sniff stuff some more. And don’t forget I’m almost forteen, a forteen year old does not hurry. Unless treats are offered.
So we mosied along toward the car and you know what happened next? Nothing! The rain never got to us. So when we came to another trail I decided we should go explore that one too and mama signed and rolled her eyes and followed me along.
It was, after all, my Walktober.
We wandered a bit more, until mama said we should turn around. At which time I sat down and refused to head back to the car unless I got a treat. She gave up after she saw I was serious. Not turning around mama unless I get something!
Sometimes mama is smart and just goes with the flow and this time was like that. Mamas can be trained.
After my treat I trotted along willingly. To tell you the truth I was getting kind of tired anyway.
Mama stopped and took a few more pictures but pretty soon we were back at the car. I know there’s a whole lot more to this park than we got to see, and I hope mama takes me back again, maybe when it’s cooler and I feel more like trotting along.
Meanwhile, I thought you’d enjoy seeing my new park. I call it Katie’s Park III.
Time for a nap now. I bet Mama will take one too, we’re both getting older, don’t you know.
And thanks to Ms. Robin for hosting Walktober. Mama and I look forward to it every year and we know it isn’t always easy to host these kinds of things. We sure appreciate it!
Now I need to get mama off the sofa and out into the woods somewhere so she can go on her own Walktober. Personally I think she should take me along, because I’m the best Walktober pal she’s ever had.
Don’t you know.
Your park guide gal,