About Trail Walker

My favorite ride at the amusement park
At the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio

Before I bought my first digital camera (truly a watershed moment), I spent many years in the classroom, beginning as a kindergarten teacher. Although I developed a genuine and lasting respect for kindergarten teachers, I quickly learned that kindergartners were too young, always underfoot, and definitely not for me.

Hustling out of kindergarten, I skipped over first and second grade and eventually landed happily in fifth grade, where, for 26 years, I taught mostly reading and writing with some science, math, and social studies thrown in.  I closed out my career in seventh and eighth grade, teaching writing, just writing, for seven years. I loved it and wished it hadn’t taken so long to find my true home.

Finally, after 33 years in the classroom, I decided it was time to move on, so I retired, bought a digital camera, and headed outdoors. Now I am blessed to be able to spend hours in my favorite outdoor locations, camera in hand, enjoying God’s wonderful creation. My accumulated collection of 50,000 pictures, many of them captured along the trails in local parks, led to the creation of my blog Seen Along the Trail , where many (although not all) of the pictures were captured somewhere along the trail.

Gulliver before our muggy morning walk
Gulliver before our muggy morning walk

More Frivolous Facts

  • I have been married to my husband Bob for 54 years.
  • Our family includes three daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight (adult) grandchildren.
  • I love dogs, so I can’t forget to mention our dog Gulliver, a much loved (and very spoiled) senior springer spaniel.
  • The merry-go-round is my favorite amusement park ride…hence the above profile picture, snapped at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio.

That’s probably more than you need to know, so I will stop here and close by inviting you to grab your camera and join me for a photowalk along the trail.

Trail Walker (Formerly Carolyn aka Skip)

41 thoughts on “About Trail Walker

    1. Thank you, Shamira. I got a little behind in responding to comments. I apologize. Thanks for feedback on the merry-go-round picture. It is one of my favorites. I hope you will come back for another walk along the trail soon.

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    1. Thank you, dailywriter. To follow a blog, just scroll down to the bottom right corner of a post. The word “Follow” will appear. Click on it. That’s all there is to it. From then on, that blog will be added to your READER, and you can go to the READER anytime you want to read the blogs you are following.

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      1. If it worked, you should be seeing a link to my blog in your “Reader” at the top of your screen when you go to your site. Can you see it? On my computer (and probably yours too) it’s on the top left, right next to the “My Sites” link.


  1. Wow, your photos are gorgeous. I love the close ups of all the birds. The blue heron especially was wonderful. The spread of his wings really captures the moments. Something about them always fascinates me. I really like how your photos scroll across too.


    1. Hi Michael. Thanks for visiting my blog. Especially thanks for your feedback on the scrolling photos. My blog doesn’t support a customized header, so I decided to use the scrolling pictures instead. I’m planning to change them out from time to time (maybe monthly) so they will always be fresh and timely. I’m glad you like the pictures. That particular heron was being especially photogenic.

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  2. Skip –
    Love the about page. I think it’s a wonderful snapshot of who you are, the journey that led you here, and the journey you are on now. Can’t wait to see where your camera takes you, good luck and happy blogging!

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  3. What a magnificent place and wonderful photos…..I am sitting in amongst grey iron bark and blue skies in Australlia as the temperature climbs. Your diverse autumn colours are a huge contrast to our grey’s muted greens and vibrant blue.


  4. Your photos made me homesick for Ohio, even though I never lived there. I read Malabar Farm in 1988 and was so taken by Bromfield,s word pictures of Ohio that I set a goal to make it to Malabar Farm State park. In June of 1997 I drove from Oregon to Ohio, and found that Ohio was more beautiful than I expected. What really surprised me was how rural it was. Westerns tend to think that everything west of the Mississippi is paved over. I love your Chickadee and Deer photos. The colors are so Autumnal and warm. Just last week I was thinking how I would like to go back to Ohio in the Fall and roam through the woods and fields and see the changing colors. I’ll certainly be back here to see your new posts.


    1. Well, you’ve missed the fall color for this year. Recent winds have left the trees pretty bare. Maybe you can put a return visit on your “bucket list” for future years. Ohio is a beautiful state and most of it is rural. We live in the northeast, east of Cleveland, so we have plenty of hills and lots of wonderful parks.


  5. Your blog caught my eye on the home page, so I thought I should check it out. I must say I enjoyed browsing your blog. You have some great photos here. I’ll be sure to visit your blog often. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!


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