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A few years ago, some friends and I walked around Burnaby Lake and came across a gaggle of geese.

I’m not sure who told me that a group or flock of geese is called a gaggle, but it was probably my gal pal, Agnes.  She’s one of the smartest people I know – and I know a lot of people.

It was my first time walking around that lake, although I’ve passed by it on the highway, thousands of times.

But my friends Agnes, Leonard, Lawrence, Phillip, and I didn’t choose to go to Burnaby Lake because of the many Canada Geese that reside there.  It was just an added benefit of walking there that morning.

We chose to walk there because it’s one of a seemingly endless choice of places to walk or hike, in the Lower Mainland.

I began to walk on a regular basis in 2010, shortly after my cancer treatments had ended, and I was strong enough to venture outside.

That first walk was at the Promenade in White Rock.

I remember parking at the west parking lot and tried to walk to the pier and back – which was approximately 1/2 of the total distance.  I only got as far as the third bench and had to sit down.  I had little energy and I was exhausted.

But I made it to the pier and back, which gave me a terrific sense of accomplishment.

I continued walking each morning, thereafter, and was soon walking the complete length of the Promenade (including the pier) and back to the parking lot (approximately five kilometers).

It’s also a great venue for seniors because there are several washrooms along the way.  Here’s a video clip of a morning walk at sunrise on the Promenade:

Usually, I would listen to music while walking and it was enjoyable.   I started to take photos and videos with my phone and began to write about the things I saw while walking.

My daily routine continued for approximately three years and then the boredom began, and I started to miss a day or two of walks each week.

During the next few years, I was walking only once a week, and only when the weather was nice.  In Vancouver, the rainy season is from November to March but I would never walk in the rain.

I realized that I was in a rut.  It seemed like I was digging a hole, with no possibility of reaching the bottom.

And then, it dawned on me.  I’m tired of walking alone.

One day, I read about Meetup and decided to join one of the many walking clubs that were listed.

My first walk with the Surrey Trekkers Club was in 2017 and it was in Langley.  I’d lived in Langley for twenty years but had never walked any of its trails.  In fact, I didn’t realize there were so many choices of places to walk.

And I started to make new friends.  I also started walking in the rain and sometimes, in the snow!  I even purchased a rain suit and a pair of waterproof walking shoes.

Next, I joined the Vancouver ‘Venturers Walking Club and met more people, many of whom became best friends.

I’ve also enjoyed walking with my friends in Washington State.

The Northwest Tulip Trekkers Walking Club is a club with beautiful, scenic walks.  My favorite walks include LaConner, Whatcom Falls, Anacortes, San Juan Island, and of course, Bellingham.

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in LaConner, WA              Northwest Tulip Trekkers Walking Club

I stopped trying to rank my favorite place to walk, but Stanley Park remains my favorite. It used to be the Promenade, but that’s because I hadn’t ever walked the awesome trails within Stanley Park.

My favorite walk in Stanley Park was on Mother’s Day in 2018. 

And then I walked at Ambleside Beach, in West Vancouver, and it became an instant favorite.  I’ve walked there many times but here’s a short video clip of my favorite:

Other video clips of favorite places I walk include the following:

Iona Jetty – Sea Island

and then there’s…

Cates to Deep Cove 

 

And then a memorable day, walking at the mural festival…

 

My first walk after shaving off my mustache (November 2019)…

Anyway, I could go on and on but here are two memorable clips from my walks in Toronto…

this one with a cop on January 2018:

 

and this one, walking on the Edge:

If you enjoyed viewing my clips, why not turn off the television and wander into a nearby forest – or take a walk along the beach?

But be sure to take a lot of photos and videos and share them with friends.

Dedicated to walkers

I hope that my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Stay safe.  Be well.  Laugh often.

Hugs,

Danny

Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

I Really Don’t Want to Know – lyrics

How many arms have held you
And hated to let you go
How many, how many, I wonder
But I really don’t want to know

How many lips have kissed you
And set your soul aglow
How many, how many, I wonder
But I really don’t want to know

So always make me wonder
And always make me guess
And even if I ask you
Well, darling, don’t confess

Just let it remain your secret
But, darling, I love you so
How many, oh, how many, I wonder
But I really don’t want to know

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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