A little information about the genesis 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 settled on Mary Carolyn, and called me Carolyn. Many years later, when I met my husband Bob, he gave me the nickname Skip, and that stuck; however, for my blog I chose the name Trail Walker because 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 most of my photography.
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.
Leaving kindergarten behind, I skipped over first through fourth grades and landed in fifth grade, where, for 26 years, I happily taught reading and writing, with some science, math, and social studies thrown in.
Eventually I closed out my classroom 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 retired, bought a digital camera, and headed outdoors. Fast forward 18 years. I have accumulated more than 50,000 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?”
For 15 years, while I walked the trails with my camera, Bob would walk with our best buddy, Gulliver, a much loved (and thoroughly spoiled) springer spaniel. During that time, Gully grew from a young, spirited pup to a senior citizen. Finally, last September, the time came to say goodbye to our buddy. Anyone who has lived with and loved a pet, knows the pain of saying goodbye. Six 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 enough “about me” info for now. How about getting your 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 have something you want to say, just leave your thoughts in the comment section on any blog page, and I will reply. I love to hear from you.