W – Walk

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Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance.”  Antonio Machado

 Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”  Erich Fromm

I love to walk and I love to talk.   Consequently, my physical therapist recommended I walk the Poulsbo waterfront, to a short flight of stairs up into the downtown region of Poulsbo, and finally past all the shops downtown back to the waterfront.  I walk this circular route five times totaling approximately two and a half miles, usually daily.

Poulsbo, a former fishing village, now over 100 years old resides on Liberty Bay.  Since it was founded by two brothers from Paulsbo, Norway it is a uniquely Norwegian styled village, nicknamed “Little Norway.”  When enough Norwegian settlers moved into town, they registered the town name with the post office, only the clerk misspelled Paulsbo, so we now live in Poulsbo.  The signs at both ends of town welcoming visitors to our small village read “Velkommen til Poulsbo.”  Our community is so Norwegian looking that when the Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, arrived in town he said that “Poulsbo looks more Norwegian than Oslo.”  In fact, the Poulsbo Historical Society’s motto is”Bringing the past to life.”  So walking the streets of Poulsbo is a fun and unique experience especially during our Viking Fest, the weekend around May 17th, with all of the people running around wearing their Viking helmets and carrying their swords!

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Now, I chuckle at my physical therapist’s sense of humor as he has me walking past all of the lovely bakeries and coffee shops. I inhale the sweet fragrance of yummy Danishes, breads, cookies and coffee.  This is how I receive my aerobic conditioning as I force myself to quickly stride by the bakery windows without entering or doing a U-turn.  Plus, now Poulsbo is becoming known for its art galleries, so I enjoy looking at the varieties of paintings, baskets, jewelry, antiquities, and clothing through the shop windows.  As I stride by the shops I wave “hello” to the shop owners.  Even the marina workers know me and shout out a “Hello Gwynn!”  Now the fun part is watching out for the seagulls as I stride by the pergola on the waterfront, as just the other day a seagull tried to bean me with an oyster that he was attempting to break open.  Evidently I have a bull’s eye on the top of my hard head, but fortunately the seagull missed.

Then I look for my friends with dogs. I pet and chat with… Duchess, Jumper, Molly, Dude, and many more dogs.  Their owners are nice to talk with too.  I even chat with the tourists in town.  I keep hearing that I have a “twin sister and that she went… THAT way.”  The other day a man stopped me to say “Thank you for encouraging me to get back on my bicycle and ride.  You have been an inspiration to me.”  Of course, then there is the other couple that jokingly said, “We see you pass the restaurant as we are eating breakfast every morning.  You are making us feel guilty.”  Or in the grocery store I nearly literally ran into a woman with my shopping cart as she said, “Oh, you are the woman who walks in town all of the time.  I should join you.”  Then when I met our Mayor, she said, “Oh, I see you walking all over town!”

My favorite part of my walk is along the waterfront.   I watch the seagulls drift over my head or float in the bay.  I visualize spiraling in the sky with them. The teenage seagulls caterwaul after their parents, as the parents try to get away.  I love the white fluffy clouds as they drift over the bluish gray water.  The boats moored at the marina softly bob up and down with the waves.  At times the world seems tranquil.  Other times I watch the rain squalls powerfully march down the length of the gray inlet.  On clear days I can see the snow-capped mountains stand tall reflecting into the sea as I imagine the fjords in Norway appear.

My walk around town provides many gifts… exercise, beauty, entertainment, joy, serenity, and peace of mind.  Come join me, the walk will do you good.

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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16 Responses to W – Walk

  1. Tina Peterson says:

    Yes, you are an inspiration, Gwynn! I love your description of the bay and seagulls! I’m right there with you and enjoying every minute of the experience. Thank you!

  2. Tina Peterson says:

    The photos are the perfect touch! What a great idea. I remember the village atmosphere and you can’t beat the water shot. Wonderful addition to your story!

  3. Oh, my goodness, those photos look amazing, especially the bottom one. Wish I could join you 🙂 I too love to walk and talk.
    We have a Danish place in California, about an hour drive from here, called Solvang. When we drive there, I’m amazed by the how different and beautiful it looks, how European. I can certainly see why your favorite part of the walk is along the waterfront. Love your seagulls descriptions.
    Lovely.

  4. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Good morning Silvia, thanks for commenting. I know Solvang well as I too visited there many times when I lived down in Hermosa and Redondo Beach. I spent 17 years down there. I loved the restaurants in Solvang. Poulsbo’s idea is quite similar however the restaurants here serve American food versus Norwegian food… EXCEPT for the Sons of Norway Lodge. There I have to suffer through Lutefisk, but they have other yummy offerings too.

    If you ever venture up to the Seattle area, we are across Puget Sound… a 20 minute ferry ride. I would love to have you come walk and talk with me. Thanks as always for your comments.

  5. patgarcia says:

    Hi,

    You do live in a beautiful area. The pictures are so colorful and they remind me of some of the quaint little towns in The Netherlands. Beautiful.

    Nice post, my dear.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Poulsbo is a quaint little town that I really enjoy. I have just returned from my walk. The weather patterns are unique. I walked in the sun and wind. I drove home in the sprinkles, a rain squall just blew through, and now the sun is back. We definitely have a variety of weather here.

      Thanks for commenting Pat!

  6. Susan Scott says:

    So beautiful Gwynn! This must be bliss inducing every time
    I bet those seagulls get a kick out of seeing you strolling by. I’d love to join you and Silvia for walks and talks amd drop ins to coffee shops. Thank you .
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    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Susan, The picture of the waterfront was taken from across the bay or out on a boat looking AT the Poulsbo waterfront at the marina. Yes, this is where I walk as well as down the street as in the picture of downtown Poulsbo.

      I keep talking to the seagulls but I haven’t been able to get one to land on my shoulder or my head yet. Maybe I need to carry bread with me! 😉

      Thanks for taking time to hear about my walks through town.

  7. Bill Jones Bill Jones says:

    Nice pictures. Reminds me of my year on Orcas Island.

  8. What a charming, picturesque town you live in, Gwynn. Your blog is maturing so; I congratulate you on that. I love the photos — nice touch, and I think you will attract more readers with them.

    Humor, good writing and storytelling, and now photos. Keep going. Your walk through the A-Zs has been a delight to me.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Samantha for your comments. Poulsbo is a darling town with very friendly people. I truly enjoy living here.

      As for adding more photos, I’ll have to figure that one out since I generally tell family stories. However, I hear what you are saying, as I enjoy blogs with pictures.

      I’ll see what I can come up with.

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