About the origin of this blog…
My older sisters told me that it took two months for my parents to choose a name for their third daughter. After much deliberation, they finally decided on Mary Carolyn, and I was called Carolyn, and (not incidentally) spoiled, by my teen-aged sisters. Many years later, when I met my husband Bob, he nicknamed me Skip, and that stuck; however, for this blog I chose the name Trail Walker because most of my blog posts focus on the things I see and people I meet when I walk the trails in northeast Ohio, where I live and do much of my photography.
Before I bought my first digital camera ( Truly a watershed moment!), I spent many years in the elementary school classroom. Beginning as a kindergarten teacher, I developed a genuine respect for kindergarten teachers, but quickly learned that it was not the best age group for me. So leaving the little ones behind, I leaped forward to fifth grade, where, for 26 years, I happily taught reading and writing, with some science, math, and social studies thrown in. Eventually, I moved up to middle school and ended my classroom career, teaching writing and literature for seven years. I loved it, although I wish it hadn’t taken so long to find my true home.
Finally, after 33 years in the classroom, I retired, bought a digital camera, and headed outdoors. Fast forward 18 years. I have accumulated nearly 60,000 pictures, many of them captured along the trails in local parks. That backlog of images, and my love of writing, led to the creation of this blog, Seen Along the Trail. So now you know the answer to “Why Trail Walker?”
In memory of our buddy, Gulliver
For 15 years, while I walked the trails with my camera, Bob would walk with Gulliver, our much loved (and thoroughly spoiled) springer spaniel. During that time, Gully grew from a young, spirited pup to a senior citizen. Finally, last September (2017), the time came to say goodbye to our buddy. Anyone who has lived with and loved a pet, knows the pain of saying goodbye. Many months have slid by, and I haven’t been able to write about Gulliver. Maybe some day I will, but it’s not yet the right time.
That’s more than enough about me. How about getting your hiking shoes and camera and joining me for a walk along the trail? Even better, click on the Follow Me link in the sidebar. Then we can chat often and take pictures as we venture along the trails. When you want to join the conversation (which a blog at its best can be), just leave your thoughts in the comment section on any blog page, and I will reply. I would love to hear from you.